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Description: Caythorpe Court
Date Listed: 14 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 193117
OS Grid Reference: SK9575648281
OS Grid Coordinates: 495756, 348281
Latitude/Longitude: 53.0233, -0.5738
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SK 94 NE CAYTHORPE CAYTHORPE HEATH LANE
4/26 Caythorpe Court
Agricultural College, formerly country house. 1899, Sir R.Blomfield.
Coursed limestone and ironstone rubble, banded in parts, ashlar dressings,
4 moulded wall stacks on main block, one ridge and one gable stacks on
service range at rear, slate roofs. Principal range is L-shaped with
kitchen yard surrounded by service ranges on 3 sides at rear. House is in
C17 style with local vernacular details; banded work, moulded string courses
end steeply pitched stone coped gables with ball finials. East front has
3 storey central entrance tower of one bay flanked by recessed gabled walls
of two irregular bays each,. The tower has an elaborate scheme of surface
decoration which is arranged in five horizontal zones. At the base is fair
faced ashlar. Above this is a zone of trompe l'oeil work and, at the top, further
banded work which continues to the parapet. The tower has a plinth and two
moulded string courses. The central panelled door has a moulded surround
and a segmental head surmounted by a stepped hood mould with label stops
containing a shield of arms with a helm flanked by elaborate florid scrolls.
Above is a 4 light mullioned window with cornice. On the third floor is a
further, lower, 4 light mullioned windows with a cornice which rises to a
semicircle at the centre. The parapet is coped with ball finials at the
angles. To the left of the tower are two tall 4 light mullioned and transomed
windows with two shorter 4 light mullioned windows above; all have
cornices. In the gable is a further 4 light mullioned window. To right is one
single and one 3 light mullioned and transomed windows, with above a single
and a two light similar windows. In the gable is a 4 light mullioned
window; all have cornices. To the left of the east front and at right angles
to it is a linking range between the principal rooms and the service yard
to the east. This is a block of 3 bays of 2 storeys plus attics, with an
open balustraded balcony at first floor level and three coped gabled
The west (garden) front is in banded work with 3 stone coped gables.
5 bay front with projecting centre and flanking bays, 2 storeys plus attics.
The off centre panelled door is flanked by to the left single 4, 5 and 6
light mullioned windows, the end one of which contains a 2 light casement
with semicircular head. To the right of the door is a further similar
6 light window. On the first floor, above the door is a large 6 light
mullioned window with two transomes and paired central casements with
semicircular head. To the left of it are single 4,5 and 6 light windows
as below, but the centre one has a cornice which rises to a semicircle
over the head. To the right is a 6 light window. The gables of
the projecting bays are lit by mullioned windows in a rhythm of4-3-4
lights, rind between are single 2 light dormers under tiled gables. All
mullioned windows have moulded surrounds, iron casements, and cornices.
The south front is of 5 irregular bays with one canted and one
rectangular bay projecting. The west front of the service block is 5
bays and is single storey plus attics. The style here is different, being
more 'domestic', reflecting the function. Walls are stucco with ashlar
dressings and coped gabled roof. The off centre panelled door has to the
right 4 two-light plain mullioned windows, and on the attic floor are
5 dormers with gabled tiled roofs and bargeboards.
Inside, an oak panelled porch leads into a spacious panelled hall with
decorative plaster ceiling. The stair is also oak, in a restrained C17
style with brass newel finials. The former drawing room retains its
original fireplace and panelling as well as an elaborate strapwork
decorated plaster ceiling. The C17 style is continued throughout the
principal rooms though the former billiard room and dining room are less
Listing NGR: SK9575648281
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Source: English Heritage
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