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Description: Danson Park Mansion
Date Listed: 1 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 198666
OS Grid Reference: TQ4727375179
OS Grid Coordinates: 547273, 175179
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4564, 0.1183
TQ 47 NE 2/9 Danson Park Mansion
This mansion was built by Sir Robert Taylor about 1765 for Alderman, later
Sir, John Boyd and originally called Banson Hill. Wings were added later,
which have since been demolished. The Park was laid out by 'Capability' Brown
in 1761. The house is of Portland stone; the ground floor being rusticated.
It has 3 storeys; the principal apartments being on the first floor. Heavy
modillion eaves cornice. Slate roof. Windows in moulded architrave surrounds,
with glazing bars intact; those on the first floor having projecting cornices
over and panels of balustrading below. All 4 fronts are exposed, but the north
and south fronts are slightly wider than the east and west fronts. The east,
west and south fronts have a canted bay of 3 windows on all floors in the centre.
The north front has a square central projection, with a pediment over containing
a round window in the typanum. The entrance is on this side. Nineteen wide
steps, with a balustrade on each side, lead up to the front door, on the piano
nobile. This has engaged Corinthian columns, a modillion cornice and a vase
over it between volutes and a medallion and swags between the architrave and
the moulded surround of the door. The interior has a fine central oval staircase,
with a gallery of 8 Ionic columns on the second floor and an oval dome above,
and some fine rooms.
Listing NGR: TQ4727375179
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Source: English Heritage
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