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Description: The Watertower
Date Listed: 9 October 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 221608
OS Grid Reference: TF7899229464
OS Grid Coordinates: 578992, 329464
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8330, 0.6556
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TF 72 NE HOUGHTON HOUGHTON PARK
6/24 The Watertower.
Watertower, originally called the Waterhouse, designed before 1733, but not
marked in block plan in Isaac Ware Plans, Elevations and Sections of Houghton
(1735). Henry Lord Herbert, afterwards 9th Earl of Pembroke, architect. Lime
washed stucco render and cement render on brick, Whitby stone dressings, slated
roof. 2 storeys, rectangular on plan with symmetrical north-south and east
west facades. Palladian style. North and south facades have 3 recessed blank
arches with keystone heads, raised and chamfered rustication. Ground and first
floor plinths and arch level platbands to all facades. First floor has open
Tuscan Doric portico with stuccoed pilasters returned round angles, 2 inner
stone pilasters and 2 columns with stone balustrade in between. Open balcony
has 4 stucco artae and central pedimented door. Cement rendered entablature
and 4 pediments to 4 faces. East and west facades have single central ground
floor keystone arched headed doorway with 6 panel raised and fielded door
with arched overlight, raised and chamfered rustication. First floor has
clasping angle stucco pilasters with stone bases and capitals. Stone Venetian
window with blank outer and open arched central bay, balustraded base. North
and south facades quote that of Colen Campbell's Lord Herbert's villa on
Whitehall (1724), east and west the return fronts of the wings of Campbell's
Burlington House, Piccadilly (1718-1719). Lord Pembroke's only documented
work. 2 drawings labelled, perhaps by Horace Walpole, "the water-house in
the Park, designed by Henry Lord Herbert, afterwards Earl of Pembroke" now
in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. See John Harris "The Waterhouse at
Houghton" in Burlington Magazine III (i) 1969 pp. 300-301.
Listing NGR: TF7899229464
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