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Description: Benington Lordship
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 159598
OS Grid Reference: TL2965923660
OS Grid Coordinates: 529659, 223660
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8964, -0.1170
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TL 2923 BENINGTON CHURCH GREEN
11/10 Benington Lordship
Country house. Late Cl7, E entrance and gatehouse c1842 by James
Pulham a modeller from Broxbourne, for the Proctor family, W wing
c1906 for Bott family. Red brick chequered with black headers on
S front. Knapped flint faced walls with stone dressings and
gatehouse modelled in Pulham's Portland Stone Cement to appear
to be weathered cubical ashlar. Red brick W wing. Steep old red
tile roofs. A large square 3-storeys house of double-pile plan
with 2 mid-wall chimneys. Symmetrical S front 7 windows wide
with plinth, gauged brick bands at 1st and 2nd floors, wide
wooden bracketed eaves and central doorway altered to a window.
Box sash windows, almost flush, with 6/6 panes generally but 3/3
in top floor, all with flat gauged brick arches. Bolection
moulded panelling to S rooms on ground floor and 1st floors.
Entrance now on E into Gothick single-storey, 3-windows, range
with 4 steps to double doors under 4-centred pointed arch. 2-
light stone pointed headed windows containing fragments of
stained glass. Attached at NE a tall Norman revival gatehouse
with twin flint-faced circular towers crenelated with
machicolations linked by a stucco 'ashlar' faces wall with
vigourously moulded round arch to central passage with portcillis
slot and masonic decoration. Corbelled machicolations over outer
arch and dripmould stops in the form of armoured demi-figures
with battle axes. Runic inscription on cartouche over gate.
Projecting externally to right of gate a matching 2-storeys and
cellar wing with simulated ashlar facing, diagonal buttresses,
and large 3 light Norman window with spiral moulded mullions.
Further block to right of flint and 'ashlar' with 3-light Norman
window with billet moulded fret as tracery in head. L-shaped 2-
storeys and attics W wing with wide lean-to roofed verandah along
W front supported on columns above the terrace balustrade. 5
windows wide W front with projecting pedimented centre flanked by
hipped dormers. 4 windows S end with 2 hipped dormers and half-
glazed door with intricate geometric pattern of glazing bars.
(A J Francis The Cement Industry 1796-1914: A History Newton
Abbot 1977 pp 104-8 for Pulham).
Listing NGR: TL2965923660
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