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Terling Place, Terling

Description: Terling Place

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 115453

OS Grid Reference: TL7736714625
OS Grid Coordinates: 577367, 214625
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8021, 0.5710

Location: Terling, Essex CM3 2PJ

Locality: Terling
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM3 2PJ

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Listing Text


11/105 Terling Place


Mansion. 1722-3 by John Johnson for John Strutt, M.P., altered c.1818-24. Grey
brick in Flemish bond, with limestone dressings, roofed with slate. Originally
of double-pile plan facing SE with 2 internal stacks symmetrically arranged, of
3 storeys. Altered 1818-24, probably by Thomas Hopper, for Colonel Joseph
Strutt. 2-storey extensions to the SW elevation enclosed a recessed porch and
converted this to the entrance elevation. Long wings of one storey and attics
extend obliquely forwards (to NNE and WSW). NW elevation, 4-window range of
early C19 sashes of 12 lights with crown glass, and on the second floor of the
main block 7 sashes of 6 lights. Double half-glazed doors with niche to each
side in recessed porch, with 2 Tuscan columns and entablature. Moulded cornice
and plain parapet to, entrance wings, modillioned cornice and plain parapet to
main block. Low-pitched hipped roof concealed by parapet. SE (garden)
elevation, 2:3:2 range of sashes of 12 lights with crown glass, and on the
second floor 7 sashes of 6 lights, all with flat arches of gauged brick.
Central part set slightly forward, the original central door altered to a
window, with 3 round arches with moulded keystones, and on the first floor 4
Ionic attached columns (forming part of the 1818-24 alterations), stone band
below sills of first-floor windows, and modillioned pediment and cornice and
plain parapet. A mid-C19 conservatory, with glazed margins joins the formerly
freestanding W wing to the main house. The side elevations have 5-window ranges
of sashes of 12 lights with crown glass, and on the second floor 5 sashes of 6
lights; similar band, cornice and parapet. Central staircase hall altered
c.1818-24 to form a 2-storey neo-Greek saloon, with gallery all round, and bowed
wrought iron balustrade. Below the balustrade a frieze of plaster casts of the
Elgin marbles by Westmacott. Mahogany panelled doors, consoled doorcases, the
latter marbled by W.M. Leake, c.1845. On the gallery, wooden Ionic columns (and
one of cast iron, forming a flue), also marbled. Dished and moulded ceiling,
panelled ceilings around gallery. A simple dog-leg stair outside the saloon
replaces the original E-plan stair, re-using Johnson's wrought iron scrolled and
foliated balusters with honeysuckle terminals. White marble fireplaces,
low-relief plasterwork with husk garlands, honeysuckle and paterae, dentilled
cornices and folding shutters. This is Johnson's first known domestic building,
the first brick laid 30 March 1772, the house occupied 26 November 1773 (Nancy
Briggs, unpublished lecture to the Georgian Group, 1983, and Essex Record
Office, D/DRa E.45). The third Lord Rayleigh established a laboratory in the W
wing (since gutted by fire) and there first identified argon in 1894, for which
he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Science in 1904.

Listing NGR: TL7736714625

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Source: English Heritage

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