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Kentchurch Court, Kentchurch

Description: Kentchurch Court

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 September 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 155555

OS Grid Reference: SO4231125905
OS Grid Coordinates: 342311, 225905
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9287, -2.8404

Location: Kentchurch, County of Herefordshire HR2 0DB

Locality: Kentchurch
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR2 0DB

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Listing Text

SO 42 NW
5/21 Kentchurch Court

Castle, now country house. Part of tower and a gateway survive of C14
structure, remainder largely rebuilt by Nash between 1795 and 1807 for the
Scudamore family; further C20 alterations. Sandstone rubble with sandstone
ashlar to central part of front, stone slate and Welsh slate roofs, mainly
hidden by crenellated parapets. Irregular plan, generally aligned north-
east/south-west with early tower at north-east angle; part of front projects
to south-east; main entrance to south-east front; various rectangular and
grouped polygonal chimneys. Irregular two and three storeys. South-east
front: salient features of the front are, to the left, a two-bay, two-storey
hipped roofed block with glazing bar sash windows; next, to the right, a
seven-bay two-storey block with similar glazing bar sash windows and with
the central three bays breaking forward slightly with a crenellated parapet
rising to the centre. The front is made assymetrical by the two-storey
porch; crenellated parapet carried over corbel table, tall Tudor arched
entrance surround with secondary arch and paired glazed doors behind. Single-
bay recessed further to the right with triple rounded arches on three floors;
projecting wing to right with three square-headed mullioned windows with
decorative glazing bars on ground floor and one similar 2-light window to
first floor. South-east end of projecting wing with Perpendicular style
oriel window to first floor and Tudor arched door surround with fanlight
and glazed double doors. North-east side: probably originally free-standing
tower projecting slightly to far right end, three stages with chimney breast
rising from second stage to right of garderobe on corbels. Very tall circa
1800 window of Gothick Perpendicular design with crenellated parapet slightly
gabled over. Block to left with two windows on first floor and doorway below,
all of similar "Perpendicular" style design. Interior: the room on the second
stage of the tower has mid-C17 panelling and a C16 fireplace with moulded
jambs and square head. The interior of the main house contains several fine
pieces of late C17 woodwork transferred from Holme Lacy and attributed to
Grinling Gibbons, including garlands with birds, fruit, vegetables and fish
etc, from the overmantels and also a section from the external pediment.
Re-set in the c1800 so-called "chapel" window (which in fact lights at
landing at the top of the first flight of stairs), is a series of Swiss
stained glass dating from 1521 and a further four roundels of C16 glass
with shields of arms. Other rooms have late C18 or early C19 fireplaces,
mahogany doors, dado rails etc. (RCHM, Vol I, p 153-154; BoE, p 200).

Listing NGR: SO4231125905

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Source: English Heritage

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