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Williamstrip Park, Coln St Aldwyns

Description: Williamstrip Park

Grade: II
Date Listed: 23 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 127407

OS Grid Reference: SP1553005440
OS Grid Coordinates: 415530, 205440
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7474, -1.7764

Location: Coln St Aldwyns, Gloucestershire GL7 5AT

Locality: Coln St Aldwyns
Local Authority: Cotswold District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: GL7 5AT

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Listing Text

SP 1405-1505
12/159 Williamstrip Park
Large country house. c1700; extensive 1791 alterations by John
Soane for Michael Hicks Beach. Some alterations of 1834 including
west portico. Alterations and enlargement 1865 by David Brandon
for M.E. Hicks Beach. Ashlar limestone; ashlar chimmneys; Welsh
slate roof. Large square central stairhall plan; 3-storey with
cellar. West front: 9-window fenestration, all sashes; plate
glass to ground floor, 12-pane to middle foor, 6 and 9-pane to
upper floor. Outer 3 sashes in shallow bows, central 3 below small
pediment. Alternating chamfered quoins. Plain floor level bands;
plain parapet with ball finials; hipped roof. Short 2-storey wing
projects to left with 2-window 12-pane sash fenestration, plain
bands continued from main elevation. South front: 7-window
fenestration, all sashes as before. Two canted single-storey bay
windows with oval openwork parapet decoration are part of Brandon's
alterations. East front: probably contains more c1700 fabric than
others, this indicated by contemporary quoin strips to corners and
central break forward. Fenestration 2:3:2. Central doorway with
glazed door and flat cornice hood on scrolled brackets. Emphasized
central middle floor sash with moulded architraves. Upper floor
Diocletian window below central pediment. Plain floor level bands
and parapet with ball finials. Original parapet line is visible
above upper floor level band; this line has been repeated in the
other later elevations.
Interiors: most features appear to date from the 1865 alterations,
Soane's library having been removed in 1946. Central square stair
hall with open well staircase having 2 barleysugar balusters per
tread. Room in south east corner has fine late C18 fireplace with
carved figures depicted playing musical instruments. 1865 curved
garden screen wall to south attached at south west corner has oval
openwork top. A north wing, part of 1865 alterations, was
demolished in 1946. Fountain pools (q.v.) to south, game house
(q.v) to north.
(Illustrated in standard county histories; Sir Robert Atkyns, The
Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, 1712; Samuel Rudder,
A New History of Gloucestershire, 1779; J. and H.S. Storer,
Delineations of Gloucestershire, 1825-7. A.R.J. Jurica, 'Coln St
Aldwyns' in V.C.H. Glos. vii, 1981, pp 44-45; and D. Verey,
Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)

Listing NGR: SP1553005440

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Source: English Heritage

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