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Description: Usselby Hall
Date Listed: 1 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 196520
OS Grid Reference: TF0945493583
OS Grid Coordinates: 509454, 393583
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4277, -0.3542
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TF 09 SE OSGODBY USSELBY
8/40 Usselby Hall
Small country house; mid C18 with major early C19 alteration
and addition; red brick with ashlar dressings and render;
hipped slate roof with lead dressings with 2 brick ridge stacks.
2 storey front with slight ashlar plinth, 1st floor sill band and
deeply overhanging eaves. 5 bay facade with central early C19 6
panelled door with octagonal fielded panels, and traceried
fanlight, flanked by single ashlar 3/4 columns with fluted
capitals carrying entablature, modillions and open pediment.
To either side a pair of glazing bar sashes with splayed
rusticated ashlar lintels having vermiculated keystones. The
1st floor has 5 similar shorter windows. Between the 4th and
5th bays a slight change in the brickwork indicates that the 5th
bay was probably added at the time that the house was refronted
in early C19. The side elevation of 3 bays is in a different
bond from the main front and probably dates from mid C18. It
has a central 6 panelled door with traceried fanlight, panelled
reveals and archivolt. The moulded pilaster doorcase has an
open pediment and is flanked by single glazing bar sashes.
Above are 3 similar windows. These openings have slight
segmental arched brick heads. The rear is rendered and has a
large venetian window lighting the stair well. Interior: This
contains some very fine early C19 details. The hall has a
moulded cornice decorated in the Indian style after the Brighton
Pavillion. An elliptical archway leads to an elegant stair
contained in a curved stairwell, it has a swept handrail and
plain balusters. The ceiling over the stair has an oval
decorative moulding in Adam style. The doors which flank the
staircase on ground and first floor have traceried fanlights.
The architraves have decorative angles. The drawing room has a
leopards head motif which is used in the cornice, architraves and
alcoves. The marble fireplace is also contemporary. The 1st
floor has 2 cast iron grates with Gothick tracery and a further
moulded fireplace surround. The house was owned and lived in by
Tennysons grandfather. It was also used as a German Officer
prison of war camp in the 1939-45 war.
Listing NGR: TF0945493583
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Source: English Heritage
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