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Belmont House, Belmont Rural

Description: Belmont House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 September 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 155345

OS Grid Reference: SO4768238738
OS Grid Coordinates: 347682, 238738
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0446, -2.7642

Location: Clehonger, County of Herefordshire HR2 9SA

Locality: Belmont Rural
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR2 9SA

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Listing Text

SO 43 NE
3/45 Belmont House
8.9.81 (formerly listed as Belmont)

House, now golf clubhouse. Late C18 by James Wyatt for John Matthews.
Extended and drastically remodelled c1860 by Edward Welby Pugin for F C Wegg-Prosser. Bath stone and sandstone ashlar with tiled roofs and sandstone stacks.
Rectangular plan aligned east/west with garden front to north and entrance
front to south. Austere mid-Georgian and High Victorian Gothic styles.
Cellar, three storeys and attic. North elevation has Wyatt part to left
with 1:3:1 windows, glazing bar sashes and full-height central bow window.
Ground floor has outer tripartite French casements with plain elliptical
tympana. Plat bands and moulded cornice. Above the cornice gabled late
C19 casements with two lights. Conical roof over bow. Attached to right
is 2½-storey Pugin extension: 2:1:2 windows, lancets with sashes. Ground
floor has three pairs of trefoil-headed lancets under 2-centred arches with
typana. Basement has three pairs of square-headed windows. Attic has two
gabled and corbelled half-dormers each with 2-centred arch over two square-
headed sashes and blind wheel tracery in tympanum. Large clustered late C19
stacks across the whole complex. Chapel projects forward from right side of
late C19 part presenting polygonal end with 2-light windows to each face.
Each window has a 2-centred head and label beneath which are two trefoil-
headed lights each with quatrefoil tracery. Battered base and trefoiled
Lombard frieze. Wrought iron cross on ridge of polygonal roof. Entry into
right of basement of chapel by 2-light French casement with shouldered head.
Attached to the right of the chapel is a late C19 service wing with two
storeys and a gabled bell-cot. Entrance front has 1:1:1:3:1 windows with
gable front, containing oriel, to left. Apart from 2-light gabled casements
of main block, windows are in pointed or trefoiled heads. Three-bay porte-
cochere to centre of main block has red marble or granite columns and
central 18-panelled door. Trefoiled Lombard frieze runs along the front
and round to the east elevation which has 1:1:1 paired lancets and a glazed
porch. Interior has large 2-flight mid-C19 open well staircase with turned
oak balusters in a C17 design. Panelled pine dado and oak panelled ceiling
over the staircase. Doors to staircase hall and ground floor rooms have
six panels and crested architraves. Snooker room on first floor retains
Wyatt fireplace and deep egg and dart frieze. Several mid-C19 fireplaces.
Patterned mid-C19 oak floors. Five flight dog-leg service stair with stick
balusters and top illumination. Chapel has polychromatic painting to simulate
ashlar. Panelled wagon ceiling in pine, and gallery with trefoiled headed
panels to front. Crested retable, altar with composite capitals and mensa
with crosses. Water stoup in trefoil-headed niche. Shouldered doorway to
liturgical north leads into vestry with piscina. (BoE, p 72; Colvin, H:
A Biographical Dictionary of English Architects 1660 - 1840, John Murray 1954,
p 730).

Listing NGR: SO4768238738

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Source: English Heritage

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