Severn End, Hanley Castle
Description: Severn End
Date Listed: 11 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 153243
OS Grid Reference: SO8455742643
OS Grid Coordinates: 384557, 242643
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0819, -2.2268
Location: Hanley Castle, Worcestershire WR8 0BW
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HANLEY CASTLE CP -
SO 84 SW
3/102 Severn End
Country house. Rebuilt after fire in 1896 as replica of house of C16 and
C17, with possible medieval remains, incorporating some late C17 additions
which survived the fire. Timber-framing and brick with tile roofs. Main
range forms west side of courtyard, with wing enclosing north and south sides.
Two storeys with attics. West front, facing garden, almost symmetrical and
of timber-framing. Centre of three gabled bays with two jetties and central
doorway with timber surround. To each side are one-bay links with attic
dormers to outer gabled wings which are close-studded. Chimneys to left
and right with diagonal shafts. The east side, facing the courtyard, is also
symmetrical and has three gabled bays. To each side of the centre bay,
which contains the doorway, are chimneys with clustered shafts. The north
and south wings were begun in 1673 and are of brick. Each has three shaped
gables, the central one with a segmental pediment and the outer ones with
triangular pediments. The north wing survived the fire in an almost complete
condition. Interior: North wing said to contain C17 stair and plaster ceiling.
Central range of house contains late C19 woodwork including overmantels.
The dining room ceiling is plastered in an Elizabethan style. The diaries
of Sir Nicholas Lechmere record building work at Severn End, including
construction of the wing in 1673. Reputed to be the location of Brinkley
Court in the Wooster Novels by P G Wodehouse. (VCH, p 92; Murphy, N T P:
In Search of Blandings, London, 1981, pp 206-207).
Listing NGR: SO8455742643
Source: English Heritage
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