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Description: Hilfield Castle
Date Listed: 1 June 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 164168
OS Grid Reference: TQ1529096295
OS Grid Coordinates: 515290, 196295
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6536, -0.3348
TQ 19 NE BUSHEY HILFIELD LANE
7/120 Hilfield Castle
Large house. Circa 1798-99 by Jeffry Wyatt for G.Villiers. Rendered
brick. Slate roofs. Picturesque Gothick. Symmetrical villa with attached
conservatory. 4-storey central tower flanked by octagonal turrets to
lower 4-storey bays with outer 2-storey bays with a later mansard attic.
Basement throughout. 5 windows. Central porte cochère has 3 Tudor
arches, diagonal buttresses and crenellated parapet. Blocked ground
floor window to right has 3 lights with cusped heads, rectangular bay
with mullioned windows to left, other windows with hood moulds. Turrets
have slit windows, machicolated and crenellated. Timber canted bay
window with glazing bars and pierced parapet over porte cochère.
Casements with 2-centred heads on upper floors. Crenellated parapet.
Octagonal corner turrets with offsets, slit windows, machicolations and
crenellations. Many octagonal - shafted chimneys. Left return: ground
floor, canted timber bay. Garden front in similar style: canted ground
floor verandah with Tudor arches and crenellated parapet flanked by
large 3-light windows. Canted centre to tower has square headed sashes
on first floor and casements with 2-centred heads above. Corner turrets.
Single storey 4-bay buttressed range to left of garden front has 3-light
windows with intersecting tracery to 'chapel' with 4-light window and
crocketed finials to diagonal buttresses, crenellated turret on ridge. 1
bay beyond with an oriel window. Interior: vaulted entrance hall,
octagonal breakfast room, repositioned C17 panelling, stained glass,
ornamental bosses to ribbed vault in conservatory. A low crenellated
wall with octagonal piers extends to far right from entrance front. The
house was built as Hillfield Lodge replacing Slys Castle. The garden
(south) front differs only in minor details from the extant elevation
drawings representing one of Wyatt's earliest known designs.
(D.Linstrum, Sir Jeffry Wyatville, architect to the King, Oxford,
Clarendon Press, 1972).
Listing NGR: TQ1529096295
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