Description: The Octagon
Date Listed: 5 June 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 221252
OS Grid Reference: TF6917441631
OS Grid Coordinates: 569174, 341631
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9454, 0.5164
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TF 6941 OLD HUNSTANTON HUNSTANTON PARK
7/70 The Octagon.
Garden building. c.1640 for Sir Hamon Le Strange (b.1583) 3rd Bt. possibly
by William Edge, stonemason, then engaged by Sir Roger Townshend at Raynham
Hall. Squared, coursed carstone with galletting, cut stone details moulded
and rubble brick, C20 flat roof in temporary materials. Octagonal on plan,
single storey with a classical frontispiece. Cut stone frontispiece entrance
occupying a whole bay with stone plinth, smooth drafted rustication above.
Central arched doorcase with simple architrave surround with central voussoir
keystone, more fully moulded closed pediment above with modillion cornice
and console brackets. C20 temporary boarded door. Rustication partly
continued into adjoining bays, each with alternately blocked or open mullioned
and transomed cross windows with pediments and rusticated surrounds either
of cut stone or chamfered brick, originally stuccoed now partly exposed.
Smooth rusticated quoins at angles. Battlemented parapet with stone string
course and copings. Said to have been built to remove the noise of Sir Hamon's
violin playing from Hunstanton Hall. "a notable reflection of the Court style
of Inigo Jones in a remote country setting" : H.M. Colvin, Biographical
Dictionary of British Architects 1600 -"1840, (1978), p.281.
Listing NGR: TF6917441631
Source: English Heritage
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