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Description: Hurst House, the Naked Beauty
Date Listed: 20 December 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 204800
OS Grid Reference: TQ3998091332
OS Grid Coordinates: 539980, 191332
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6034, 0.0199
No 1 [Hurst House,
"The Naked Beauty"]
TQ 3991 8/1 20.12.54
Early C18 said to be 1714. Reconstructed after a fire in 1937. Two storeys
painted stucco, the dressings of carved stone, painted. Hipped pantile roof.
Six sash windows with cambered heads (formerly 5). Three major bays (2+2+2 windows)
with full height Corinthian pilasters at ends of the elevation and between each
pair of windows. Entablature and coped parapet broken forward over the pilasters
to support fine carved stone urns. Central carved wooden doorcase of fine quality
with fluted Corinthian pilasters, architrave and carved pulvinated frieze to
each pilaster. Carved moulding surrounding the door; architrave swept up in
centre into richly carved tympanum of open segmental pediment. Rectangular glazed
fanlight with 2 bars; 6 panel door. Single storey one window wings on either
side. Garden front is 2 storeys, attic and basement brown brick - largely rebuilt
in its former design. Two canted bay windows. Parapet in bays with ramped up
ends. Central doorway with pilasters, frieze, cornice and leaded fanlight; steps
up to entrance. Interior has panelled entrance hall with good staircase, fluted-
and twisted balusters, 3 to each step and ramped rail. In other rooms chimney
pieces and decorative fittings designed by Robert Adam. Brought in from Bowood,
Wiltshire. They date from the 1760's. Bowood demolished in 1955. Restored
forecourt with mid C18 iron gates. Piers with urn and ball finials. The origin
of the house's second name is not certainly known. Hurst House is described
and illustrated in detail in Part V of the Woodford and District Antiquarian
Society's Proceedings and Transactions.
Listing NGR: TQ3998091332
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Source: English Heritage
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