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Description: Remains of Original House (New Place ) at Gilston Park 125 Metres East of House
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 159917
OS Grid Reference: TL4424012912
OS Grid Coordinates: 544240, 212912
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7963, 0.0903
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TL 4412 GILSTON GILSTON LANE
9/2 Remains of original
house (New Place) at
24.1.67 Gilston Park 125
metres E of house
Garden building. Early C19 porch (appears first in Buckler
drawing of 1830: RCHM Typescript) from New Place, surviving in
the park as a garden feature. The'old house was rebuilt c1852 as
Gilston Park, on a new site to W, by P C Hardwick for John
Hodgson. Reddish stucco, lined and textured as stonework, on a
sandy-red brick core, and incorporating armorial decorations and
marble bust of Elizabeth I. Fragments of a decorated plaster
ceiling inside. A small shallow rectangular porch approach up
3 rough stone steps and facing S. Octagonal buttresses to front
corners carried up to finials above parapet. Wide central
openings front and back with depressed 4-centred arched heads.
Rear opening now blocked. A small square-headed window on each
flank wall. Chamfered rear corners. Moulded plinth, string
course and parapet coping. Large coat of arms and motto scroll
in relief, set high up on rear wall. At front, moulded string
course at impost level carried up as dripmould over the arch.
The parapet breaks up over a central round-headed niche
containing a white stone bust of Elizabeth I with ruff on a later
base. In a triangle of greyer stucco below is inscribed the date
'1583' and in the spandrels are boldly moulded roundels of the
old and new Royal Arms with the Garter, with motto. Inscribed in
the stucco in 2 lines across the front above these is "FEAR.
GOD. OBAYE. THE. RIAL. QUEEN/Spaines Rod; Romes Rvine;
Netherlandes Reliefe; Earthes joy, England's gemme, World's
Wonder, Natvres Chieffe". Interior has diagonal chequered black
and white marble paving and the remains of an ornamental plaster
ceiling to the flat timber roof, panelled with square Gothic
plaster motifs. An interesting early C19 stucco 'Tudor' porch
from New Place representing surviving features from the historic
house New Place. Now a garden building of group value with the
new house, Gilston Park, of 1852.
Listing NGR: TL4424012912
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Source: English Heritage
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