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Dumbleton Hall, Dumbleton

Description: Dumbleton Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 August 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 135160

OS Grid Reference: SP0132635626
OS Grid Coordinates: 401326, 235626
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0191, -1.9821

Location: Dumbleton, Gloucestershire WR11 6TP

Locality: Dumbleton
Local Authority: Tewkesbury Borough Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR11 6TP

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Listing Text


2/63 Dumbleton Hall



Country house built by George Stanley Repton in Tudor style for
Edward Holland c1830; service wing added in two phases late C19-
early C20. Ashlar limestone from the Temple Guiting quarries;
slate roof; ashlar stacks. Rectangular main body with projecting
early C20 porte cochere at front; curving orangery at the south
west corner; service wing to north of main body. Three storeys.
Entrance front with twin projecting gables with corner buttresses
with offsets. Late C19-early C20 five-light canted bay with stone
mullions and strapwork band at top, to the ground floor of the
left-hand gable. Early C20 rectangular bay window lit by 2 and 3-
light stone-mullioned casements with transoms to the ground floor
of the right-hand gable; paved or single stone-mullioned cross
windows to the first and second floors. Central porte cochere
built 1905, with a large segmental-headed stone-mullioned window
with transom at front and wide segmental-headed openings to the
return walls; double studded plank doorway within; strapwork
parapet; strapwork frieze below parapet continued around the bay
windows and the left-hand return. Two gablets to the left-hand
return which has fenestration similar to that of the entrance front
but includes a 2-storey bay window formerly with a parapet, and a
segmental-headed doorway probably inserted 1905 in a window
opening; octagonal stair turret with ogee-curved cupola at the
south-west corner. Orangery, probably late C19-early C20 but in
the same style as the main body, curves away to the left with 3
wide glazed segmental-headed windows with glazing bars; gable to
cross room with diagonal buttresses at the left end. Rear in same
style as the entrance front but includes a battlemented stone-
mullioned oriel window and three octagonal stair turrets, two with
ogee-curved cupolas, one stone, one leaded, one flat roofed.
Service wing in same style as the main body but with ovolo-moulded
stone-mullioned casements. All windows with glazing bars.
Octagonal axial stacks with moulded cappings. Deep parapet with
moulded capping and string course to main body and service wing.
Finials to the apex of each gable and gablet now lost. Stone
parapet with moulded capping linked to service wing runs across the
entrance front then returns parallel to the south east front, part
of the parapet retains strapwork balustrading.
Interior: appears to have been extensively remodelled late C19-
early C20 by the Eyres and Eyres-Mansell families. Panelled hall
with ribbed C17 style ceiling incorporating panels decorated with
the busts of a Roman soldier with the inscription 'IOSV E DUX' and
small pendants; Tudor-arched stone fireplace with ornate wooden
overmantel with mannerist decoration with ferns and finials; C19
staircase with square balusters. Panelled ballroom, formerly two
rooms, linenfold decoration to the lower panelling; deep frieze
decorated with trees and draped figures; ceiling in same style
with decorated rhombuses containing naturalistic representations of
plants, e.g. roses, thistles and oak branches. The plasterwork of
the frieze and ceiling is in shallow relief and is particularly
finely executed probably to a design of the Arts and Crafts group
craftsmen. Similar decoration to the ceiling of the former Dining
Room. White marble fireplace with large console brackets
decorated with fruit removed from the former study in the same
room. Large wooden overmantel with triangular pediment, festoon
and cartouche with monogram (?) ' E.M.B.' at top. Panelled
billiards room. Plastered ceiling with intersecting plastered
beams with scrollwork decoration and heavy oak leaf frieze to the
library. Dining room, formerly the study: Corinthian and
modillion cornice and two large fluted Corinthian columns marking
the point where the earlier house joined the service wing.
Rectangular stairs lantern with heavy decorative plasterwork.
First floor plan now altered by the insertion of corridors.
Mrs Gaskell, the novelist and cousin of Edward Holland was a
frequent visitor to the Hall. Holland's eldest son married Mrs.
Gaskell's daughter. John Betjeman stayed at the Hall and wrote 3
poems there.
(David Verey, The Buildings of England: The Vale and The Forest of
Dean, 1980 and Ellis-Mitchell and Richards: Lands Called
Dumbleton, 1986)

Listing NGR: SP0132635626

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Source: English Heritage

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