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Description: Croome Court
Date Listed: 11 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 152529
OS Grid Reference: SO8849444596
OS Grid Coordinates: 388494, 244596
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0996, -2.1694
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SO 84 SE CROOME D'ABITOT CROOME COURT
3/12 Croome Court
(formerly listed as
Croome Court with Stables,
11.8.52 Garden Room or Temple,
Principal Lodge, Lodge on
west, and Panorama)
Country House 1751-2 by Lancelot (Capability) Brown with advice from Sanderson
Miller. Interior work from 1760 by Robert Adam. Built for 6th Earl of
Coventry. Limestone ashlar Palladian mansion with principal North and South
fronts of 11 bays. Basement and 2 storeys with 3 storey end pavilions. Slate
roofs, pyramidal over corner towers and 3 paired axial chimneys, pair linked
by arches. 1-3-3-3-1 division with pedimented centre to North and fine pro-
jecting Ionic tetrastyle portico to South. Modillion cornice and balustrade to
flanking wings. Moulded window architraves enriched with flat cornices on
ground floor main range, pediments to North front pavilions and Venetian win-
dows to South front pavilions. Roman Doric curved pediment doorcase to North
front, flat cornice on consoles over South door. Chamfered quoins to project-
ing centre and to end pavilions. Fine 2 armed balustraded stair to North door
and broad straight flight up to South door flanked by cast stone sphinxes.
INTERIOR partly Brown with plasterwork by G Vassalli, partly Robert Adam with
plaster by J Rose Jr. 2 Adam rooms removed to New York and London. Spine
corridor with stone stair at East end with moulded underside and iron balu-
strade. NORTH SIDE: Entrance hall with 4 fluted Doric columns and Palladian
moulded doorcases, to East, dining-room with plaster cornice and ceiling,
original pelmets, to West, billiard-room with fielded panelling, plaster cor-
nice and rococo fireplace. These rooms, probably decorated c.1758-9, probably
by Brown. SOUTH SIDE: Fine central Saloon with elaborate deep coved ceiling
with 3 embellished panels and rich cornice, fine Palladian doorcases and 2
marble Ionic columned fireplaces. Room probably by Brown and Vassalli. To
East former tapestry room now dismantled; ceiling a copy of original by R Adam
and J Rose. Beyond, former library by R Adam, largely dismantled; marble fire-
place. To West, drawing-room with shallow rococo-style plaster and marble
fireplace. At WEST END, Gallery by R Adam 1764, with half-hexagonal bay to
garden, elaborate octagonal panelled ceiling by J Rose, plaster reliefs of
griffins, painted grisaille panels and marble caryatid fireplace by J Wilton.
Attached at East end, SERVICE WING: L plan, red brick and stone with slate
hipped roofs. 2 storey. Stone plinth, band, moulded eaves cornice and
Chamfered quoins. Glazing bar sash windows with gauged brick heads. Red brick
wall joins service wing to stable court beyond: 2 rusticated stone gate piers,
one still with ball finial. CL 10.4.1915. A T Bolton: The architecture of
R and J Adam 1922. D Stroud: Capability Brown 1975. G Bead: Decorative
Plasterwork 1975. R Adam and Croome Court Connoisseur October 1953.
Listing NGR: SO8849444596
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