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Sledmere House, Sledmere

Description: Sledmere House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 7 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 167853

OS Grid Reference: SE9308264669
OS Grid Coordinates: 493082, 464669
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0696, -0.5791

Location: B1253, Driffield YO25 3XP

Locality: Sledmere
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO25 3XP

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Listing Text

SE 9264-9364 (south-east side, off)

17/43 Sledmere House


Country house. c1780-90 around inner core of c1751 and with later additions
and alterations including extensive restorations c1911 after fire,and
addition of chapel. By Samuel Wyatt and Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Baronet,
around core of house for Sir Mark Sykes, 1st Baronet, with restorations by
Walter Brierley for Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet, and reconstruction work by
H H Martin of Cheltenham. Nottinghamshire qshlarwith Welsh slate roof and
Coade stone plaques. H-shaped on plan with central hallway and octagonal
chapel to north. Main facade of 2 storeys, 3 bays of which the centre is
recessed slightly, and side elevations of 3-storeys, 5-bays between
2-storey, single-bay projecting wings. Entrance now to north-east side an
early C20 porch with 6-fielded-panel double door with fanlight with radial
glazing bars between Ionic columns,with cornice. Main, south-east facade:
flight of steps to central entrance a part-glazed door between 15-pane,
unequally hung sashes beneath semicircular Tuscan portico with cornice. To
either side are elliptically arched recesses with tripartite windows,
15-pane unequally hung sashes with aprons, Tuscan columns between and flanking
Tuscan responds supporting frieze. To first floor are 3 round-arched
recesses with tripartite windows, 15-pane, unequally hung sashes with aprons
with Ionic columns between and responds supporting cornice. Within each
arch a Coade stone relief depicting agricultural scenes. Eaves cornice.
Blocking course. Hipped roof. Ridge and rear stacks. Sides: projecting
wings have similar elliptical and semicircular arched window recesses and
otherwise to ground and first floor are 15-pane unequally hung sashes and to
second floor are 9-pane unequally hung sashes. West side with giant
pilasters to first and second floors of 3 central bays supporting
elaborately decorated pediment. To north-west corner, chapel with entrance
to rear, a 6-fielded-panel door. Multi-paned windows within moulded basket-
arched surrounds with keystones and moulded aprons, pilaster strips to
angles. Cornice and low parapet. Concealed roof. Interior. Mainly a
recreation of the elaborate Neoclassical interior, using original Jackson
moulds for the plasterwork. With stucco-decorated pilaster strips, frieze
and ceiling and drawing room with more elaborate frieze, ceiling and arched
recesses. Library with vaulted ceiling in 3 square groined bays with
2 short tunnel vaults between, decorated with stucco. Ionic pilasters
between bookshelves. The dining room ceiling a recreation of that c1751 as
embellished by Rose. Entrance hall by Brierley has heavily rusticated door
surrounds. Main hall redesigned by Brierley has 2 Tuscan arcades and
imperial staircase with wrought-iron balustrade ornamented with elephant's
heads; central domed lantern on coupled columns. Rear staircase reuses
original wrought-iron, arcaded balustrade. Turkish room c1914 lined with
tiles from Damascus. Some original marble fireplaces. Pevsner N,
Yorkshire, York and The East Riding, 1978, pp 344-6. Christopher Hussey,
'Sledmere, Yorkshire - I, II and III', Country Life, 16 January 1986,
pp 128-132 and 23 January 1986, pp 188-191.

Listing NGR: SE9308264669

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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