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Description: Bockleton Court
Date Listed: 24 October 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 150694
OS Grid Reference: SO5873462200
OS Grid Coordinates: 358734, 262200
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2564, -2.6060
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BOCKLETON CP BOCKLETON ROAD (west side)
SO 56 SE
5/7 Bockleton Court
House, now field study centre. 1866-9 by Henry Curzon for Arabella Prescott.
Brick with ashlar dressings, plain tiled and slate roofs behind parapets with
decorative ridge tiles, gable-end parapets with kneelers and grouped tall
chimney stacks of cogged brickwork with overhanging cap courses. Asymmetrical
plan with multi-gabled elevations and substantial service wing to north. Two
storeys and attic with chamfered plinth, dripmoulds to all storeys and first
floor sill string. East entrance elevation: main part of house from left
composed of gable end of south range, projecting entrance/water tower with
adjoining gable end of central wing, recessed stair hall and secondary
entrance. Gable end of south range has two ground floor French windows with
transom lights, two first floor single-light windows with transoms and two
loopholes in the gable apex; the windows of each storey flank an external
chimney. The ground floor windows are obscured by a lean-to conservatory.
The tower is of three storeys with an additional storey at third stage sill
level. There is a pointed archway of two orders, the inner on semi-circular
responds, has a hoodmould with foliated stops and is surmounted by a shield.
The second stage has a single-light window with a transom. On the third stage
is a pointed opening with a mullioned and transomed window flanked by finialed
hooded projections which conceal drainpipe outlets. The machicolated parapet
rises above a Lombard frieze and has quatrefoil relief decoration and dragon
gargoyles at the corners. (The tower originally had a steeply pitched pyramidal
lead roof). Within the porch is a quadripartite vault, the ribs of which rise
from foliated corbels, and a pointed doorway with double doors. The adjoining
gable end to right has a 5-light ground floor window with two transoms, a pair
of large first floor single-light windows kith transoms, a 3-light second floor
window with a transom, and a loophole in the gable apex. The gable is surmounted
by an owl finial (the symbol of the Prescott family). There is a 3-light ground
floor window with two transoms in the right angle. The stair hall range has a
large 5-light window with four transoms and above it a 2-light second floor
window and a loophole in the gable apex. To the right of the large stair
window is the secondary flat-roofed entrance porch with a pointed archway and
a six-panelled door within. Above the porch there is a 3-light window on both
upper floors. The service range adjoins to the right and is of L-shaped plan
with similar window types. However the east wing is probably a late C19 addition
and has a roof with swept eaves, a moulded brick eaves cornice and is of a
single storey and attic with dormer windows. Interior: the house retains most
of its original fittings and decorations and is a virtually complete example
of a planned Victorian domestic interior. Of particular note is the galleried
central hall with its pointed arched arcading on marble columns, painted frieze
of hunting dogs by J H Wallis of Chiswick Mall, ornate Gothic stone fireplace
and large lantern roof. Adjacent to the hall is the open well oak staircase
lit by a window with glass by Kempe. The Morning Room, Drawing Room and
Library have marble fireplaces from Clarence House, Roehampton. The Library
fireplace has Egyptian demi-figures and is decorated with hieroglyphics. The
frieze of classical figures in the Library and the Lobby also came from Clarence
House and were painted by E J Parris in 1841. (Hancock Cox and Whiting:
Bockleton Court, 1986, City of Birmingham Education Department).
Listing NGR: SO5873462200
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Source: English Heritage
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