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Somerley House, Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

Description: Somerley House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 30 September 1964
English Heritage Building ID: 143628

OS Grid Reference: SU1342207883
OS Grid Coordinates: 413422, 107883
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8703, -1.8106

Location: 2 Ellingham Drive, Ellingham BH24 3NQ

Locality: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley
Local Authority: New Forest District Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: BH24 3NQ

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Listing Text


4/23 Somerley House

Medium-sized country house. 1792-5 by Samuel Wyatt for David Hobson, purchased in
1828 by 2nd Earl of Normanton, who built picture gallery 1850-1, in 1868 house
remodelled, gallery refaced and 2nd floor added by W Burn. Yellow brick with stone
and stucco dressings, part stuccoed, behind parapets slate roofs. Originally plan
of 5 (3 on east river front) x 6 bay, 2 storey house, with 1½ storey, 6 bay picture
gallery added to one corner and colonnade along one side linking to it; Burn added
2nd floor, single storey projection to the east front, encased the gallery and
enlarged the service buildings on the north side. West, entrance front was
remodelled in 1960's when C19 single projections removed. In centre repositioned
stone Ionic porch. Under double doors and side lights. Each side 2 C19 sashes in
moulded architrave. In front of each corner small square-plan 1 storey projection
with rubbed niche on front and side, and running from corners a screen wall of 3
bays witharchitrave frames in each bay. On 1st floor raised sill band and C19
4-pane sashes in architraves. 2nd floor band and smaller sashes. Moulded cornice
and balustrade with piers between bays. Behind, hipped roof. Stacks on corners
and on ridge either side of centre. To RH, south front has 6 C19 cross-French-
windows under early C19 stone colonnade of paired Ionic columns. Rest of front
similar to other. From corner projects gallery, refronted in Italianate style,
with rustication, niches with statues, 1st floor cornice and architraved panels,
cornice and balustrade. Inside behind door entrance hall with screen of Doric
green marble demi-columns and quarter pilasters to full frieze against wall with
archway to 2 storey top-lit saloon. To LH is small Study and behind C18 dog-leg
staircase with plain iron hand-rail, over oval skylight. Behind again Dining Room
C18, all Wyatt, with ceramic medallions on ceilings. To RH West Library with half-
height mahogany book-cases, double doors to East Library with Italian stuccoists
ceiling, and marble fireplace with overmantal containing portrait. Behind this
and saloon L-shaped drawing room, leading to impressive picture gallery, top-lit
with Rubens Fireplace and organ. Buildings of England, Hampshire; N Pevsner;
1966; p 508.

Listing NGR: SU1679209146

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Source: English Heritage

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