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Newarke Houses Museum Skeffington House, Leicester

Description: Newarke Houses Museum Skeffington House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 5 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 188746

OS Grid Reference: SK5836304116
OS Grid Coordinates: 458363, 304116
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6317, -1.1391

Location: The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY

Locality: Leicester
County: Leicester
Country: England
Postcode: LE2 7BY

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Listing Text

(North Side)
Skeffington House
SK 5804 SW 2/113 5.1.50 (Newarke Houses Musuem)
From circa 1600. Front altered in C19. Three gabled front of three storeys,
ten windows, stuccoed, side wing extensions of C19. Crenellated parapets.
Small ball finials and coping to gables. Windows Gothicised by the addition
of moulded labels, plain modern two-light wood mullion casements with
leaded panes. A two-storey extension on east side has splayed bays and
crenellated parapet. Two plain shallow doorcases with segmental arches
and plain cornices, that in centre having a stone ball, modern doors.
Including modern rusticated gate-piers and modern railings and gates with
overthrow. Interior: extensive panelling and fireplaces including good
ground floor panelled room of early C17. Fine principal staircase of
C18 with turned and fluted balusters, fluted column newels, moulded handrail,
panelled dado with fluted pilasters, said to have been built for William
Wright who purchased the house in 1730. Secondary dog-ly staircase of
C17 with heavy turned balusters, and newels with ball finials, moulded
string. A third staircase of early C19 with decorative iron balusters.

Skeffington House, the Iron Gates and Leicester High Cross in garden of
Skeffington House, Chantry House and Newarke Wall together with all listed
buildings in Castle Steet, Castle Yard and Castle View form a group.

Listing NGR: SK5836304116

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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