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Brooksby Hall, Hoby with Rotherby

Description: Brooksby Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 July 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 190214

OS Grid Reference: SK6710016072
OS Grid Coordinates: 467100, 316072
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7381, -1.0076

Location: Hoby, Leicestershire LE14 2LH

Locality: Hoby with Rotherby
Local Authority: Melton Borough Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE14 2LH

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Listing Text


SK 61 NE Brooksby Hall

Country house, now agricultural college. Late C16, altered early C18 and
early C19. Extended and altered 1890-1 by R J and J Goodacre of Leicester.
Other minor alterations by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lord Beatty c1912.
Coursed squared ironstone with limestone dressings, Swithland slate roofs,
stone lateral and ridge stacks with brick flues. H plan.
2 storeys and attic; 7-window range. 3-bay hall range between projecting
wings has central part-glazed door with moulded stone surround and cornice,
flanked by 12-pane sash windows with moulded eared surrounds. Square six-
pane sash windows to 1st floor with moulded stone surrounds, that to centre
eared, and battlemented parapet. String courses at 1st floor level and to
base of parapet.
West wing to left has large canted stone bay window of cl890 with 8-pane
sashes, moulded stone surrounds, plain ironstone parapet with limestone
coping and quoins. Pair of 12-pane sashes to 1st floor with moulded eaved
surrounds. 3-light leaded ovolo-moulded stone mullion attic window to
gable with hood mould; stone-coped gable with kneelers. East wing to right
of 1891 copies W wing, but has no bay window, but pair of sashes similar to
those of 1st floor and similar gable window. Further 2 storey and attic
extension to far right of similar date has sash windows with similar
surrounds, gabled dormers behind plain stone-coped parapet and ends in 1-
bay cross wing with similar stone mullion window to gable. C17 west wing
has two large projecting lateral stacks to left side, towards font and
rear, and 2-storey gabled projection to right of centre beside stack with 2-
light ovolo-moulded stone mullion and transom windows to ground and 1st
floors - possible former stair turret. 2-storey projection to centre,
probably early C19, with hipped roof and large single-storey bow with
glazed garden door flanked by sash windows all with moulded stone surrounds
and battlemented parapet. Sash windows to 1st floor with wood lintels.
Rear elevation of hall range has 4-light ovolo-moulded stone mullion and
transom windows to ground and 1st floors either side of large central
projecting stack.
Interior: Stone cantilever staircase in W wing with plain iron balusters
and ramped mahogany handrail. Hall remodelled for Lord Beatty in early C18
style with green marble bolection-moulded fireplace and painted wood
surround with broken pediment to overmantel. Doorcases with pulvinated
friezes and compartmented plaster ceiling. Dining room in east wing has C17
style stone fireplace and panelling, said to have been made of wood from
Lord Beatty's flagship.
Formerly the seat of the Villiers fiamily and birthplace in 1592 of George
Villiers created Duke of Buckingham. Bought 1711 by Sir Nathan Wright.
Rented for much of C19 as a hunting box. Tenants included 7th Earl of
Sold 1911 to Rear Admiral Beatty, created Baron Beatty of the North Sea and
Brooksby. Purchased by Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils 1945
for use as agricultural college.
Buildings of England Leics 1984 p144-5.
J R Hubbard, 'Brooksby' the story of an estate and its people, 1977.

Listing NGR: SK6710016072

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Source: English Heritage

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