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Stables and Walled Garden West of Braunstone Hall, Leicester

Description: Stables and Walled Garden West of Braunstone Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 188589

OS Grid Reference: SK5571103317
OS Grid Coordinates: 455711, 303316
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6248, -1.1784

Location: Leicester LE3 1HX

Locality: Leicester
County: Leicester
Country: England
Postcode: LE3 1HX

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Listing Text



Stable block and walled garden lying to the west of and contemporary with Braunstone Hall dated to 1776 by the architect William Oldman (who later became the Lord Mayor of Leicester).

MATERIALS: Built of red brick and stone, C19 slate roof.

EXTERIOR: It is built of red brick with dentilled eaves, is two storeys and has a pitched, slated roof. The machine saw appearance of the roof structure would suggest that it is C19 in date and that the slate covering was applied at the same time.

The main elevation has a central archway with a pedimented gable above, a lunette window and pigeon holes. To each side of the arch are four windows with flat brick arches and stone sills. The windows are all casements with glazing bars. Each end of the main range is a projecting wing each with two elliptical arch carriageways facing inwards and a lunette window in the end wall. Attached to the ends of the stable block at the rear, are the walls of the walled garden which form, with the back wall of the stable block, a complete, square enclosure. The walls appear to be of the late C18, perhaps with a C19 coping.

INTERIOR: The stable stalls have been removed in all but a small part and many of the spaces converted for offices.

HISTORY: Braunstone Hall, the attached kitchen wing, associated stable block and walled garden; were built in 1776 for Clement Winstanley by a local architect and builder William Oldman (who later became the Lord Mayor of Leicester). The hall was built on a rise overlooking Charnwood Forest and set in 100 acres of parkland. Clement died in 1808 and the next to become heir was his eldest son Clement, J. P. Lieutenant-Colonel of the Leicestershire Militaria from 1802-9. He was also the Chairman of the Leicester and Swanington Railway which opened in 1832. He died unmarried in 1855. After a brief spell in the ownership of his nephew James Beaumont, Braunstone Hall passed to James' sister Anna Jane Pochin. Anna relinquished the estate in 1904 in favour of her son Richard Norman who changed his name by deed poll to Winstanley. In 1925, while still in residence, Leicester Corporation compulsory purchased Richard Winstanleys' land in Braunstone for much needed housing.

SOURCES: John Nicholls, History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester (4 vols., London, 1795-1815)

The stable block and walled garden at Braunstone Hall are designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a C18 stable block and walled garden which survives well.
* The architect was William Oldman, later Lord Mayor of Leicester, which adds interest.
* Group value with Braunstone Hall and the Kitchen wing is also of significance.

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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