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Broadlands House, Romsey Extra

Description: Broadlands House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 May 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 141166

OS Grid Reference: SU3539120242
OS Grid Coordinates: 435391, 120242
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9805, -1.4972

Location: Romsey Extra, Hampshire SO51 9ZD

Locality: Romsey Extra
Local Authority: Test Valley Borough Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: SO51 9ZD

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Listing Text

SU 32 SE
3/28 Broadlands House
(formerly listed as
29.5.57 Broadlands with
Bridge in Park)


Large country house. An Elizabethan U-shaped shell, refaced and altered for the
2nd Lord Palmerston into a classical design of square plan, in two main stages,
of 1768-71 by Capability Brown, and 1788 by Henry Holland, with subsequent minor
additions and subtractions. Walls of yellow(white) brickwork in Flemish bond,
with Portland stone dressings; eaves cornice, architraves with cornices or
triangular or segmental pediments, cill band (north), plinth, and chamfered
quoins of 1859. Hipped slate roof, flat-roofed dormers. The west front (1771)
is a refacing of the original building (of irregular fenestration) by a symmetri-
cal elevation of 2 storeys, attic and basement, 3.3.3 windows. The centre is an
Ionic stone portico with pediment, approached by a flight of steps flanked by
walls, ending on each side with a Grecian sarcophagus. The ground-floor
windows have alternate pediments of triangular and segmental form, and contain
Victorian sashes. The central doorway has a larger segmental pediment on
brackets. The south elevation is symmetrical, of two storeys, 3.3.3 windows:
the centre projects slightly beneath a pediment and the ground-floor windows
have pediments; this also was a refacing of an irregular front. The east
elevation is a result of Henry Holland's work of 1788, whereby the narrow ends of
the Elizabethan wings were widened, and the old enclosed forecourt filled with
a recessed portico, and behind it an octagonal toplit vestibule: the result is
a symmetrical facade of two storeys and attic, 3. portico . 3 windows. The stone
portico has four slender Ionic columns with pilasters at each side, the open
interior containing niches on each side of a central doorway. The raising of a
front wall to the attic (by T L Donaldson 1859) results in a taller elevation.
The north elevation has much of 1954, with eight regular windows and a stone
doorframe; this part of the building had a single-storeyed forward extension of
1859, removed 1954. The interior retains a north staircase of pre-Palmerston
date and there is a range of state rooms on the west and south sides, having
notable Georgian details. The original east front hall became the Sculpture
Hall, and later was allied to the axis of the portico and vestibule, the last
two with the finely-proportioned classical details of Holland. The house also
contains a collection of classical sculpture, furniture, and pottery put
together by Holland and Palmerston. The home for many years of Earl Mountbatten.

Listing NGR: SU3506819411

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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