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Description: Horkstow Hall
Date Listed: 6 November 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 165848
OS Grid Reference: SE9856019076
OS Grid Coordinates: 498560, 419076
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6589, -0.5100
There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Roman Villa Immediately East of Horkstow Hall, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.
SE 91 NE HORKSTOW MAIN STREET
7/48 Horkstow Hall
GV II *
Small country house. 1776, probably for Rear Admiral Thomas Shirley. Left
wing raised to two storeys and extended in C19. C20 alterations. Stuccoed
brick with ashlar details. Slate roofs. Classical style; C19 additions in
similar style. Plan: double depth main section with 2-room central entrance
hall front, screen walls and later turret extension to right, double-depth
wing to left with forward projecting pavilion section and later extensions
to rear and left. Entrance front, facing road. Main section: 2 storeys
with attic, 1:3:1 bays with central pedimented section breaking forward;
single-storey single-bay screen wall set back to right; 2 low storey single-
bay wing set back to left, 2 low storey 3-bay forward projecting section
with single-bay gable-end to road and front garden wall (q.v.) adjoining.
Quoins to main section and pedimented bays. Entrance has rusticated
surround with flat arch and carved mask keystone flanked by half-columns
with square vermiculated bands, full Doric entablature with carved paterae
and triglyphs alternating in the frieze, moulded cornice and pediment.
Large 6-fielded-panel door (boarded-up at the time of resurvey). Two 12-
pane sashes in reveals to either side with bracketed cills and keyed and
channelled flat arches. Similar windows to first floor. Moulded ashlar
cornice, stone-coped parapet and pediment with lunette in tympanum with
bracketed cill and keyed surround. Double-span roof with stone-coped gables
and end stacks. Coped screen wall to right has blind Venetian window with
bracketed cill, raised pilasters, moulded ashlar cornice and keyed
archivolt. Wing to left has similar ground floor Venetian window with
central sash and blind side panels, inserted entrance to right, moulded
ashlar first floor band, 12-pane first floor sash and C20 window to right,
coped parapet and double-span roof with coped gables. Projecting section
has similar Venetian window to front with blind side panels, moulded first
floor band, and coped gable; line of original single-storey gable visible in
stucco. Right return of projecting wing, facing front garden, has two 12-
pane sashes, inserted door and window to ground floor, and moulded band cut
by 3 first floor sashes. Garden Front similar to Entrance Front but without
projecting central section and quoins, and with full-height canted bay
window. Partly-blocked central entrance has moulded stone step to Gibbs
surround with vermiculated rustication, pulvinated frieze, modillioned
cornice and pediment. Original canted bay window to right has three 12-pane
sashes to each floor and moulded ashlar cornice. Two 12-pane sashes to each
floor to left, replacing former canted bay (scars of which are visible in
stucco). First floor Venetian window above entrance with blind side panels.
Screen wall to left has blind Venetian window with moulded capitals and
raised keystones, moulded ashlar cornice at first floor level and coped
parapet. Wing to right has similar details to ground floor (but with
enlarged sidelight to Venetian window), and smaller Venetian window to C19
first floor. All openings boarded-up at time of resurvey. Interior.
Plasterwork includes very fine Rococo stairhall ceiling wih ornate
modillioned cornice and delicately moulded panels, elaborate cornices to
entrance hall and main rooms, with moulded ceiling roses and garlands to
ground floor rear right and rear left. Good original carved and moulded
chimneypieces to main rooms with Classical, Gothick and Rococo ornament.
Open-well staircase with ramped handrail and column-on-vase balusters with
square knops, damaged at time of resurvey. Pilastered openings to entrance
hall and bay windows, moulded dado rails and skirting, fielded-panel doors
and window shutters in ovolo architraves. Dated rainwater head now lost. A
good mid-Georgian house, empty and in decay at time of resurvey. N Pevsner
and J Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, 1978, 276; NMR.
Listing NGR: SE9856019076
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Source: English Heritage
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