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Brocket Hall, Hatfield

Description: Brocket Hall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 158435

OS Grid Reference: TL2140813036
OS Grid Coordinates: 521408, 213036
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8028, -0.2406

Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL8 7XG

Locality: Hatfield
Local Authority: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL8 7XG

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Listing Text

(north side)

5/172 Brocket Hall



Large rectangular mansion built by James Paine for Sir Mathew
Lamb and his son Sir Penistone Lamb (later Lord Melbourne) c1760
to c1780. Piecemeal reconstruction of an older courtyard house,
the staircase filling the courtyard space. Red brick exteriors
with some stone dressings. Westmoreland slate roof. 3 storeys,
attic and basement. Mostly original glazing bar sash windows.
Gauged brick lintels. Continuous stone sill bands and moulded

9-window entrance front on SW has 3-window slightly projecting
centre with raised pedimented attic. Stone Ionic doorcase with
three-quarter engaged columns, entablature and pediment. Dressed
stone surrounds to centre 1st floor window and to the central
ground and first floor windows of the flanking walls. Stone
armorial plaque in attic pediment. SW elevation has 1:3:1 window
centre, the middle part projecting slightly and having tall,
round-headed ground floor windows with three-quarter engaged
Ionic columns. Attic to whole centre. At either end are 3-
storey canted window bays. NE elevation is 3 storeys only.
ABCBA composition. The outer bays have ground and 1st floor
Venetian windows and 2nd floor therm windows. 3-storey canted
windows to intermediate bays. Centre bay has ground and 1st
floor relieving arches to single lights. NW service elevation
has plain 3-window projecting centre.

Interior has top-lit staircase hall, the gallery with honeysuckle
pattern railings and columns with spiral-fluted lower parts.
Alcoves either end with circular and oval saucer domes. Large
saloon with gilt coved ceiling. Paintings designed and begun by
John Hamilton Mortimer and completed by Wheatley. Library has
bookcases by Chippendale and Adam-style ceiling with inset panels
by Cipriani. The second Viscount Melbourne lived with his wife
Lady Caroline Ponsonby and died here in 1848. Viscount
Palmerston died here in 1865 (C.L. 4 and 18.7.25; Pevsner (1977).

Listing NGR: TL2140813036

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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