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Description: Shadwell Court
Date Listed: 18 March 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 219827
OS Grid Reference: TL9286883087
OS Grid Coordinates: 592868, 283087
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4118, 0.8343
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TL 98 SW
Country House of complex plan. c.1720, rebuilt 1840-42 by Edward Blore
and 1856-60 by S.S. Teulon. Caen stone, ashlar, brick and flint with slate
roofs. 3-4 storeys. Jacobean and Gothic east facade. Central tower over
entrance with elaborately cusped ogee arch above two orders of irontwist shafts
with naturalistic foliage capitals and other carving. Oriel windows through
2 storeys with flushwork above. Stair turret begins at roof line. Flanking
wings with shaped gables, varied fenestration, pinnacles and chimney stacks
are linked to tower by stepped ranges. Overall balanced asymmetry and
strikingly punctuated skyline. South and west facades largely by Blore.
Shaped gables, octagonal corner pinnacles, first floor sting course riding
over 2 storey bay windows and canted oriels on moulded aprons. Straight
headed mullion and transom windows. Punched and balustraded parapets.
interior of house dominated by cruciform music hall spanning width of building
and terminating in 4-light Perpendicular window, originally with stained
glass. Each arm of varying size with good timber roofs, all different.
Crossing piers articulated by engaged marble shafts with foliage capitals
and some figures. Some panelling. Central crossing roof of cusped and
notched quadripartite braces on carved corbels supporting timber drop pendant
for chandelier. All timber work of highest quality but carpenter unknown.
Great dining room of 1856-60 has tall mullioned windows, 4 centred wall arches
with profuse carving and large bay window entered through similar stone archway.
Heavy moulded corbels support flat panelled timber ceiling. Library, originally
drawing room of 1720's remodelled by Blore with fine Victorian plaster ceiling.
New drawing room by Blore with similar ceiling, slightly coved, and late C18
mark Girouard, Country Life 136i, 1964, pp. 18-21, 98-102.
Listing NGR: TL9286883087
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