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The Knoll, Leicester

Description: The Knoll

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 June 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 187551

OS Grid Reference: SK6159201476
OS Grid Coordinates: 461592, 301476
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6076, -1.0919

Location: Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 2LD

Locality: Leicester
Local Authority: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE2 2LD

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Listing Text

SP60 SW GLEBE ROAD (East Side)
The Knoll


Large house. 1907 by W.H. Bidlake, for W.H. Winterton. Brick with diaper
work and stone dressings (quoins copings, etc.) and Swithland slate roof.
Consistent Jacobean style. 3 storeyed. Entrance front to north off the
courtyard, balanced asymmetry of 6 bays. 2 narrow left hand bays terminate in
small coped gables and contain random fenestration with 3 light stone
mullioned windows in the gable apex and one at first floor level. 4-centred
arched "back" door below. Central gabled range is recessed behind full height
flat roofed section with embattled parapet. The staircase is given external
expression to the left in this section where the wall is blank until first
floor height, where there are paired 4-light mullioned and transomed windows.
Smaller paired windows at each floor in the third bay. The porch projects
forward in a narrow full height gable, coped and with finials. Wide 4-centred
arched doorway with the date above it. Applied strapwork decoration and low
relief obelisks etc. in a mannerist style. An oriel bay window is corbelled
out above. Fine door furniture. Expressed chimney stack in right hand bay.
The side (west) elevation exploits the sloping site with its full height
canted bay window which is raised on an open loggia on Doric columns at
basement level. Garden front is almost symmetrically handled, there being
just enough variation in detail to express the different internal spaces. 5
bays, the outer project as gabled wings, with full height canted bay window to
left and squared bay window to the right, both with stone mullions and
transoms. The central bay is a narrow gable which projects beyond the eaves
line. In. it is a small 4-centred arched doorway at ground floor, then it is
blank until the attic storey where there is a 4 light mullioned and transomed
window at the gable apex. The outer bays here are identical, both relating to
the central hall and with mullioned and transomed windows on each floor of 4
and 6 lights. This showpiece elevation with its near symmetry is flanked by a
recessed bay to the left with narrow gable, containing in its side elevation
the. canted bay of the western gable, and to the right by a lower service
range:, but both these are sufficiently recessed as to enable the central
elevation ta be read as an integral block. Throughout, all the detailing,
leadwork to rainwater goods, etc., follow through the historicist character of
the house. Inside the house is revealed as an idealisation of the hunting
lodge. A massive entrance hall contains a wide inglenook with copper fire
hood. with repoussé work and old Delft tiles. Low relief plaster frieze of
dancing figures, wood panelling. The stair winds round behind the inglenook,
and folding doors give access to the drawing room which has wood panelling and
plasterwork in a Jacobean style, and a small inglenook with shell motif in
panelling above. Panelling and plasterwork with vine scroll decoration also
in dining room. Groin vaulted corridors at first floor level.

Listing NGR: SK6159201476

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Source: English Heritage

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