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Constable Mausoleum, Halsham

Description: Constable Mausoleum

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 March 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 166550

OS Grid Reference: TA2705427866
OS Grid Coordinates: 527054, 427866
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7317, -0.0755

Locality: Halsham
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HU12 0DE

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Listing Text

TA 22 NE
(east side, off)
3/9 Constable Mausoleum
(formerly listed as Mausoleum)


Mausoleum. 1792-1802 by Thomas Atkinson of York, completed by his son John,
for Sir Edward Constable. Alterations to base by Charles Mountain of Hull
c1830. Restorations of c1910. Limestone and sandstone ashlar. Classical
style. Circular on plan, with domed temple approximately 9 metres diameter
on wider basement approximately 15 metres diameter, with entrances and
staircase to west. Basement has plinth, chamfered rustication, eight 3-
light sliding sashes with glazing bars in reveals beneath rusticated flat
arches, perron to south with double board doors beneath rusticated round
arch flanked by staircases with curtail steps and wrought-iron balustrades
with plain bars, and pointed finials above single top rail. Similar
railings around flagstone roof, which forms platform around temple. Latter
has moulded plinth, 8-bay pilastered round-arched blind arcade with recessed
rectangular panels above, entrance with double panelled doors in reveal with
architrave carrying plain entablature with moulded cornice. Plain frieze,
moulded cornice, blocking course and dome with moulded cap and cross finial.
Interior. Temple: plinth, half-domed niches in full-height pilastered
arcade with carved and painted shields to frieze, plain ribbed vault with
coloured glass to skylight; crucifix in eastern niche, with carved arms
above; columned balustrade around central circular well containing tall
pedestal and white urn inscribed to Sir William Constable, and with
inscribed grave slabs to inner face. Interior of basement has vaulted
corridor around foot of tower, with a series of inscribed tablets to C18 and
later members of Constable family, one tablet inscribed:

Bones of the Ancestors of the
Collected in The Old Vault of the
Family adjoining the Church of
Halsham and transferred to the
on the 23rd of August 1802

Mausoleum is set on circular platform (reputedly the site of a tumulus)
approached by an avenue of yew trees. N Pevsner, The Buildings of England,
East Riding, 1972, p 241; Victoria County History: York, East Riding, vol 5,
1984, p 33; photographs in NMR.

Listing NGR: TA2705427867

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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