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Astley Hall, Astley and Dunley

Description: Astley Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 152254

OS Grid Reference: SO7991967762
OS Grid Coordinates: 379919, 267762
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3076, -2.2959

Location: Astley Mill Road, Astley, Worcestershire DY13 0RW

Locality: Astley and Dunley
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: DY13 0RW

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Listing Text


3/26 Astley Hall


- II

Small country house now nursing home, dated on porch but probably
dates from mid-C19 with early C20 additions. Ashlar with slate roof. Main
block and link to L-shaped stable wing. Jacobean facade; a 3-storey 3-bay centre
block and 2-storey single bay wings with cornices, parapets and shaped gables;
moulded plinth and cornices over ground and first floors, 2- and 3-light,
mullioned and transomed windows. Outer bays of main block have 2-storey angled
bay windows with open parapets, outer bays of wings with slight forward breaks;
gables of outer bays have small architraved vents, gables of centre bays have
keyed wreaths; central 2-storey porch with segmental pediment and 3 Ionic columns
to first floor; semi-circular headed doorway with rusticated arch to head formed
with jewelled blocks and Ionic motif above keystone, similar around windows to
sides. Porch flanked by 2-light transomed window and Ionic pilasters; band of
strapwork and jewelled ornament form aprons to first floor. To the right a
Tudor arched garden entrance with finials and brackets. To left slightly later
cross-gabled extension with clock and also slightly later brick stable range
with stone dressings. Right hand return has triangular plan bay window. Garden
front is slightly plainer with 2-storey pedimented porch containing a coat of
arms. Extension to right has on first floor Ionic 3-bay loggia with arched
central bay below a gable, further extension to right terminates in rendered
pavilion possibly concealing water tower with a short arcade of 3 rounded
arches. Grouped chimneys with decorative shafting. Interior entrance lobby
has Jacobean strapwork ceiling. Date of 1912 on porch refers to the date of
the final acquisition of the house and additions to it by Stanley Baldwin
(1867 - 1947) MP and 3 times Prime Minister, who had lived there since 1902
and lived there until his death in 1947. The porch itself resembles that of
Grafton. (BoE, p 73; VCH, Vol IV, p 231; My Father, The True Story, A W Baldwin

Listing NGR: SO7991967762

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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