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Aylestone Hall, Leicester

Description: Aylestone Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 188566

OS Grid Reference: SK5743101132
OS Grid Coordinates: 457431, 301132
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6049, -1.1534

Location: 11 Old Church Street, Leicester LE2 8ND LE2 8ND

Locality: Leicester
County: Leicester
Country: England
Postcode: LE2 8ND

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Listing Text

In the entry for;
AYLESTONE Aylestone Hall
SK 50 SE
the grade shall be amended to read; II* (star) and the following added to the existing list description;

The south wing has an exposed stud partion on the upper floor with arched braces
supporting the tie beam, and the partly exposed roof structue also has arched braces to the
purlins. This suggests that this southern wing was the earliest section of the building,
probably early C16, which was probably the original hall, which was converted into the
solar wing when the larger central hall was added.


Aylestone Hall
SK 50 SE 17/156 23.2.55
Mediaeval with later alterations of all periods, the external appearance,
with all the windows, being largely C19. Two storeys grey roughcast,
windows generally painted wood mullion and transom. The house consists
of a centre with two wings all in one place, the divisions being marked
by changes in roof shape. At the left hand is a hipped slate roof portion,
the central portion a tall slate roof, then to the right a continuation
of the same roof but to a lesser height. To the left of the centre part
is a two-storey gabled porch of Jacobean type, but possibly of C19 date,
the ground floor having a four-centred archway giving access to a simple
C18 door. Large chimney stacks, roughcast, but apparently old with grouped
hexagonal shafts rising from massive bases. Rear has two projecting wings,
the right hand gabled, the left with a hipped roof. Door to right hand
with open pediment and round arched fanlight with Gothic tracery. The
outside has a rainwater head with initials of the Manners family F.J.M.
1768. Interior almost certainly had a central great hall open to the
roof with solar and kitchen wings the porch opening into a screens passage.
In the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries a floor was inserted probably
retaining the ground floor as a great hall, and later further partitions
and other features were inserted. The northern ground floor room is lined
with early mid. C17 oak panelling; inserted C19 mantelpiece, The new
stairs have reused C17 splat balusters. Upstairs certain of the rooms
have beamed ceilings with a chamfered tie-beams supporting Queen posts
etc. There are no features visible which can certainly be described as
mediaeval, but the proportion and general shape and form of the structure
indicate that period. The house is supposed to have been where Prince
Charles Stuart (Charles II) lodged during the Battle of Leicester.

Listing NGR: SK5743101132

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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