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Description: Kinsham Court
Date Listed: 17 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 149150
OS Grid Reference: SO3645364955
OS Grid Coordinates: 336453, 264955
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2791, -2.9329
SO 36 SE KINSHAM CP
5/11 Kinsham Court
Country house. Late C18 and early C19 with further C20 alterations.
Brick, sandstone plinth; hipped slate roof. Irregular plan, main rectangular
block, with former entrance elevation to west, extended to east, further
minor accretions and entrance now to south elevation. Gable-end stacks
and axial stack to east wing. Three storeys to main wing, two storeys and
attics to east. West front: coved eaves cornice. Five glazing bar sash
windows, 6-pane to third floor, 12-pane to first and second floor with
altered glazing to two windows to the right of centre on the ground floor,
formerly with central doorway to this elevation. Entrance now through
glazed part-hexagonal porch with inner 6-panelled door to south side.
Interior: largely altered during C19 when entrance moved to south side
with the creation of a new staircase and hall. Lavish late C18 plaster-
work decoration survives in a drawing room to the north-east and is said
to have been by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury about 1760. Late
C18 panelling also survives in a second floor room to the north-west in
the main wing. Formerly part of the Estate of the Harleys, the Earls of
Oxford, it was originally a hunting lodge and Dower house. The house was
apparently also used by Florence Nightingale's family and by Lord Byron
who it is said, wrote or corrected "Childe Harold" here. During the C20
the house was owned by the Arkwright family; Sir John Arkwright wrote
"Oh Valiant Hearts". To the east of the south front is a large rectangular
lead water butt with the date 1781. The house commands fine views and is
situated above a steeply wooded dingle with the River Lugg below.
(Burke's and Savile's Guide to Country Houses, Vol II, p 42).
Listing NGR: SO3645364955
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Source: English Heritage
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