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Description: Bradwell Lodge
Date Listed: 10 January 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 119216
OS Grid Reference: TM0048806758
OS Grid Coordinates: 600488, 206758
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7237, 0.9014
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TM 0006 BRADWELL-ON-SEA HIGH STREET
10/39 Bradwell Lodge
House. C15/C16 north wing part of original moated manor house with 2 lower
ranges to rear. Circa 1785 south wing, John Johnson for Rev. Sir Henry
Bate-Dudley. Original wing timber framed and parget plastered. Red plain tiled
roof half hipped to right. 2 storeys. 2 red brick chimney stacks. C18
building of white painted brick, stucco bands, plinths and parapets. The
original wing, 2 storeys and attics. 3 window range of mainly C17 2 or 3 light
square leaded casements, tripartite small paned vertically sliding sash to
ground floor right. Single range of similar windows to returns. C19 board
door with light, flat canopy on brackets to gabled central rear range. 2
segmental headed windows and a 4 panelled door to west face of rear range. The
C18 building, 2 storeys, belvedere and cellars, is attached to the south (right)
by a single storey entrance hall, this with cornice and band, oval patera over,
segmental reveal arch, central round headed doorway, double doors each of 3
panels, traceried light over. The east (rear) face similar but with simple 6
panelled door and a vertically sliding sash window. West face, 2 storeys,
parapet. 3 window range to first floor of vertically sliding sashes with
glazing bars, the 2 south windows false. Central Palladian window to ground
floor, lion masks to frieze. Right and left round headed alcoves with lidded
urns on plinths. South face, stucco parapet, band and plinth. 5 window range
of vertically sliding sashes with glazing bars to first floor, 2 right and left
similar windows with round heads and moulded cills flank the central single
storey semi-circular library bay. This with moulded base and frieze, 3 tall
round headed windows, the central window, giving access to garden is approached
by 5 semi-circular steps, moulded bases and foliate capitals to pilasters. East
face, 3 window range, all blocked excepting first floor right. Buttress to
right. Central oval Belvedere, angled bays to north and south, glazed with
vertically sliding sashes. Moulded and dentilled frieze, circular columns with
moulded capitals and bases, pilasters with moulded capitals and bases, the 4
chimneys are encapsulated in the angle pilasters. Interior. Original range.
Library, C15/C16 heavily moulded and stop chamfered ceiling beams. Arcades of 2
columns with moulded capitals and bases. Adamesque decoration to bookcases,
possibly from Langford Grove, Langford. C17 panelling to stairs and some
rooms. Moulded and chamfered bridging joists in most rooms. One bedroom has 4
off cuts of carved wood, one with a man's head, now attached to the walls.
Solid braces to tie beams visible. The roof of 2 visible builds. 2 bays of
crown post construction, the arms now cut away where visible. 2 bays of framed
side purlins with arched braces. C18 building. Entrance hall with 2 domed
ceilings with lights, that to west smaller. 4 moulded roundels to each. Stone
floor. Stone steps to the right flanked by iron railings lead to the stairwell.
Iron balusters of anthemion stopped S curves with 2 straight balusters between,
wreathed handrail. Moulded frieze. To the SE the oval library is flanked by
drawing rooms. The library with tall 3 light bay to SE opposite the panelled
entrance door. 4 bookcases, those to right and left of door with moulded cast
iron plates under, one of which is a fireplace, the other a matching blank.
Moulded frieze. South west drawing room, white marble fireplace with coloured
insets, frieze with 4 round and 3 rectangular paintings, believed to be by
Angelica Kaufmann. Moulded cast iron grate. Moulded dado. Moulded frieze,
ceiling plastered, with 7 painted panels by Robert Smirke (the elder). Marble
fireplaces and mouldings, believed to be by Robert Adam, most with moulded cast
iron surrounds. 5 or 6 panelled doors most with moulded architraves throughout.
Panelled shutters to windows. Moulded wainscots. Moulded friezes and cornices.
Entrance to the Belvedere is through a dado height door, curved to match the
room, there is a small firegrate and some original glass to windows. Cellars
said to be servants quarters with servants bells intact, access not possible at
time of re-survey. Rev. Sir Henry Bate-Dudley was a journalist and friend of
Gainsborough and Garrick. He was an advocate of agricultural improvement,
reclaimed 250 acres of marshland and used hollow drainage on heavy land. RCHM
Listing NGR: TM0038306816
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