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Description: Parndon Hall
Date Listed: 19 June 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 119470
OS Grid Reference: TL4387610234
OS Grid Coordinates: 543876, 210234
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7723, 0.0839
TL 41 SW 1/8
Italianate red brick mansion with Portland stone dressings. Built in 1867
for the Rev Joseph Arkwright - grandson of the inventor. Two tall storeys,
stone plinth, plat band string course with modillion brackets to flat eaves
of hipped slate roof. Tall brick stacks with stone bands and bracketed
cornice caps. Broad 3-bay entrance front with recessed centre. Tripartite
stone pilastered windows, round headed lights to centre first floor with
archivolts and keystones. Projecting stone entrance loggia, pilastered
with glazed 3-bay arcade - central double door - balustraded parapet.
Set back lower 2 storey service wing with plat band returned. The principal
feature of the interior is the staircase hall rising through 2 storeys
- massive oak staircase with turned balusters and finialed newels. The
ceiling above the staircase has a brightly coloured decorative scheme on
canvas, painted apparently by one of the members of the Arkwright family.
On the flat of the ceiling are 4 panels with thinly draped and garlanded
nudes representing the Four Seasons; around the deep cove runs a Bacchanalia
of nude figures including a banquet scene. Below is a frieze of figures
in C18 hunting costume, apparently incorporating portraits of members of
the Arkwright family. On the ground floor, on the west side of the entrance
hall is the former ballroom. This was lined with mirrors above the dado,
one of which survives. The ceiling here has a more restrained painted
decoration with a garland of closely painted flowers and a ring of putti
around the central rose. On the ceiling of the window bay is a group of
3 nudes set against golden rays that appear rather unfinished by comparison
with the staircase ceiling and may have been executed later possibly by
another hand. Large ornate marble mantlepiece. Some of the oak doors
in the house retain painted panels depicting children in various costumes.
The interior decoration is the principal feature of the house. The entrance
hall and one of the other ground floor rooms possibly have ceiling decoration
concealed by over painting.
Listing NGR: TL4387610234
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Source: English Heritage
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