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Blake Hall, Bobbingworth

Description: Blake Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 117753

OS Grid Reference: TL5387905116
OS Grid Coordinates: 553879, 205116
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7237, 0.2265

Location: Bobbingworth, Essex CM5 0LZ

Locality: Bobbingworth
Local Authority: Epping Forest District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM5 0LZ

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Listing Text

1/29 Blake Hall

House, C18, remodelled 1822 by George Basevi, altered late C19 with wings to
N and S and third storey to central block. In 1944 the R.A.F. Station H.Q.
moved into Blake Hall from North Weald aerodrome and gutted the South Wing for
use as a flight operations centre for section E until the end of the war.
Of stuccoed brick with hipped grey slate roofs. The 3 storeyed centre block
breaks forward, with 2 storey ranges to right and left and an additional 2
storey block again breaking forward to far left. Moulded cornice to parapet
throughout with balustraded parapet and breaking forward moulded pediment to
centre block. 3:2:3:2:3 range of double hung small paned sash windows, except
for ground floor right range which has 3 round head small paned sash windows
with plain 2 order heads and band at spring level. Central band to N range.
Bands below first and second floor cills to main block which has 2 pilaster
strips to right and left and the central 3 bays break forward under pediment.
There is a small saluting platform with a mounting block and steps to right
of main range. 4 symmetrically placed stuccoed chimney stacks to main porch
and two matching stacks to left range. Central porch with 4 Doric columns.
Guttae, Triglyps and Metopes to frieze and moulded cornice to flat canopy.
6 panel door with moulded canopy and brackets. To the rear, the main block has
semi-circular bays to right and left, 3 storey 9 window range of small paned
sliding sashes, central 6 panel door with segmental light with glazing bars
over, pilasters, frieze and flat canopy. Above this the first floor window has
moulded frieze and head. Moulded cornice to blocked parapet. The south range
breaks forward with chamfered corners and matches the front range. The west
range has one bay set back and 3 bays break forward with a blocked parapet. The
ground floor of this range with loggias to each face. Interior: the hall has a
screen of 2 columns and pilasters of Tuscan order, moulded coving, architraves,
wainscoting, and dado panelling. A very fine late C17 staircase from Schomberg
House, Pall Mall was added early C20. Two beautiful Neo-Greek bookcases to the
rear wall, all that remain of the War Time gutting of the Library. There are
fine mouldings to architraves, wainscots and panelling throughout and the house,
home of the Capel-Cure family since 1789 stands in Parkland surrounded by a fine

Listing NGR: TL5387905116

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Source: English Heritage

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