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Description: Embley House
Date Listed: 29 May 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 141240
OS Grid Reference: SU3223020839
OS Grid Coordinates: 432230, 120839
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9861, -1.5422
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WELLOW EMBLEY FIFE
SU 32 SW
2/34 Embley House
(formerly listed as Embley
29.5.57 Park School)
Medium-sized country house, now school. Core C16, remodelled C18, and altered and
enlarged C19 by W E Nightingale, and again in 1895 for Archibald Coates. Brick
of different periods with stone dressings, and old plain tile roofs. Plan of
long facade of single pile of 3 storeys and 4 wide bays with to 3 bays double pile
3 storey and attic block; and along that end early C20 wing; to other end low
1 1/2 storey service range. containing C17 parts; to rear of this and end bay of
main range late C19 2 storey 3 gable bay service range; at end beyond this early
C19 kitchen. Entrance front has at R end gabled C19 1 bay wide wing which runs right
across end. Beside is 3 bay double pile block of Dutch gables with in front of
its right bay late C19 'Jacobean' porch with stone front. In front of other bays
mid C20 single storey projection in matching style. C20 kitchen in front of next
bay, going right back to single pile range. Then double gabled bay of service
range and C20 infill before early C19 kitchen. All windows stone mullion. On
main block hipped roof behind gables. Behind roof are stacks. Garden front of
four 3 storey and attic in gable, added L bay of 2 tall storeys and attic in
gable, to right low service range. Each of main bays has small gable containing
attic window rising above parapet. In later L bay and R bay this arrangement
is brought forward in a full-height rectangular bay. Centre bay has in front
3 storey canted bay with open-work stone parapet. Bays each side have double
doors with windows each side. Stone mullioned windows, tall ones in L bay
transomed. R and centre gables Dutch, those each side of centre shouldered.
Roof hipped with dividing wall between end bays and rest. Large stacks behind
ridge to centre and centre L bay. Ridge stack on wall to R and R end stack.
Interior early C19, heavily altered late C19. Small domed room in middle with
classical figures in relief plasterwork. Early C19 library on garden front and
on 1st floor room which Florence Nightingale had. House was bought and remodelled
by her father and she grew up there, leaving to start her famous career.
It remained her family home until 1895.
Listing NGR: SU3057219827
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Source: English Heritage
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