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Description: Marwell Hall
Date Listed: 5 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 145472
OS Grid Reference: SU5085821779
OS Grid Coordinates: 450858, 121779
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9932, -1.2767
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SU 52 SW OWSLEBURY MARWELL ZOO PARK
5.12.55 Marwell Hall
GV (formerly listed as Marwell
I Hall, including wall with
Summerhouse to N.E)
Medium sized country house. Episcopal manor house of C14 remodelled for Sir Henry
Seymour 1551, remodelled for Sir William Long 1816. Stone and brick rendered with
stone dressings, old plain tile roofs. Early example of Tudor revival A long
building of 6 wide bays, 2 rooms deep on N-S axis. W entrance, front 2 storeys
and attic, 6 bays, end bays are slightly projecting gabled wings, with full height
diagonal buttresses at corners, topped by finials. Entrance to S of centre with
projecting single storey porch with 4-centred arches, parapet clasping buttresses
with finials, vaulted ceiling and glazed screen with entrance door in. To N, full
height Great Hall with 2 15-light, 4-mullion, 2-transom windows with buttress
between. To S, impinging on porch, slightly projecting bay with mezzanine floor
and on each floor 8-light mullioned and transomed windows. Centre part has cusped
cornice and battelemented parapet. Gabled end bays have on lower floors 12-light
mullioned and transomed window and in gable 3-light mullioned windows, all with
dripstones. All windows have leaded lights. To N single storey C19 Gothic
billiards room. E, garden front 8 bay with projecting central 4 bays, 3 storeys,
with 2 bays each end of 2 storeys and attic. Central part 1816 has turrets in each
corner with false stair lights, rising above papapet to ogee finials. Ground floor
windows are tall, having geometrical tracery in pointed head with pair of narrow
pointed sashes below. 1st floor sill-level string, to cross windows, 2nd floor
windows 2-light casements in 4-centred arch opening, above cornice and battlements
Each end gabled bay with full-height corner buttress with finial. On lower floor
8-light mullioned and transomed windows, with above 3-light mullioned windows.
Inner bay has cross windows. All windows have glazing bars and dripstones. N and S
ends double gabled, 2 storeys and attic. Gable end stacks tall 3 shafted rendered
octagonal moulded brick stacks. Complete 1817 interior except for early C18
staircase at N end of hall, Over this and hall 3 bays of late C14 roof of possible
base cruck trusses, aisle plate, arched brace to arcade plate and common rafters.
Arcade braces meet at bay midpoint. Common rafter roof above arcade plate with
curved braces from arcade plate to collar. Some llm span with 5.5m bays. Hall
fireplace has stone panel over it with Royal Arms. Early C17 fireplace in library,
carved overmantel and fluted pilasters. VCH; 1908; Vol 3; p 332. 'Buildings of
England'; N Pevsner; Penguin; 1966; p 331.
Listing NGR: SU5193823775
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