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Hedingham Castle House, Castle Hedingham

Description: Hedingham Castle House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 21 June 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 114524

OS Grid Reference: TL7879435889
OS Grid Coordinates: 578794, 235889
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9927, 0.6027

Location: Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DG

Locality: Castle Hedingham
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 3DG

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Listing Text

8/4 Hedingham Castle House
21 6 62

House. Circa 1718-19. Built for Sir Robert Ashurst. Red brick with stone
dressings and re-using some materials from demolished castle buildings. Red
plain tiled roofs. There are 2 large ranges. The west (left), is set back and
comprises: hipped roof with two red brick chimney stacks. Moulded parapet
cornice. 2 storeys. 7 window range of small paned vertically sliding sashes.
The centre 3 bays break forward with moulded and dentilled pediment. Central
round lights with glazing bars above parapet. To the right and adjoining the
right range is a single storey 3 angled porch of red brick with stone parapet
and balusters. Central 6 panelled door with light over. Stone surround with
plain pilasters capitals and bases and moulded frieze. To the right face is a
vertically sliding sash window with horns. The forward south east (right) range
comprises 2 storeys and cellars. Roof not visible but leaded. Parapet with
blocked centre and 2 ranges of painted wood balusters to right and left,
dentilled cornice and stone eaves band. 7 window range of small paned
vertically sliding sashes to first floor, those to ground floor plain glazed
with horns. Blocked half openings to basement. All with gauged brick arches.
Internal shutters to all windows. Central, glazed double doors with fanlight
over are approached by flights of steps from right and left. Ionic order stone
surround with moulded canopy over, above which is a coat of arms with cross and
fleur de lis. Date 1719 on rainwater heads. There is a mainly single storey
C19 rear service wing, red brick built with grey slate roof which contains
original coppers in the laundry room. The west end of this block is 2 storeyed
with a hipped grey slate roof, possibly once a game larder, now converted to
living accommodation. The block forms a courtyard with the house and stables.
Internal features include very large vaulted cellars, some double vaulted, many
with square support pillars with capitals and bases, some with wine racks.
Several old 3 and 4 boarded doors. Brick floors throughout. Lobby and Hall
with linenfold and diamond pattern panelling. Much C18 panelling throughout the
house. Most fireplaces with marble surrounds and mantels of various types
including Chinoiserie wood and iron, Adam style, glazed ware cherub supports
with birds and squirrels over. Carved wood with hops, pears and quince, carved
wood with 6 panels and initials C.A., some with simple mouldings etc. Several
fireplaces have tiled backs with ship and floral motifs. One iron fireback
inscribed Blomenpot 1701 NDW. Rear hall with C18 panelling and arches, wreathed
handrail to bay staircase. Front hall with ornate iron balusters to dog leg
staircase, pedimented doors and panelled walls. First floor ceiling with
plasterwork, doors with panel paintings over. Library with carved edgings to
book shelves and Chinese wallpaper with bird and flower motifs on green
background. Carved curtain pelmets. Small gun room. Some rooms with alcoves.
Two kitchens with many original and C19 fittings etc. Mentioned RCHM 3.

Listing NGR: TL7879435889

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Source: English Heritage

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