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Description: Sennowe Hall, and Stable Court
Date Listed: 6 March 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 223993
OS Grid Reference: TF9813025618
OS Grid Coordinates: 598130, 325618
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7917, 0.9370
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TF 93 NE STIBBARD SENNOWE PARK
5/82 Sennowe Hall, and
Country house. 1905-7 by the Norwich architect George Skipper for Thomas Albert
Cook, grandson of the founder of Cook's Travel, but incorporating at the south
a house begun perhaps in 1774 but externally of early C19 detail when
remodelled. "Wrennaissance" or Edwardian Baroque in the style of Sir Reginald
Blomfield rather than Lutyens. East front of 17 bays, south front of 5 bays;
original house is refaced with mathematical tiles (along the south and 8 south
bays of east front). Stone dressings of red brick with slates and some copper
roofs. East front of 2 storeys with attics. Central stone bowed centrepiece,
giant-Corinthian order with plinths, decorated frieze and urns. Ground floor
3 arched windows with key-stones, glazing bars and fanlights. First floor
3 staight headed windows with architraves, key-stones and swag aprons. 3
window attic with urns and sky-line full relief statues by Italian workmen.
Rest of east front largely symmetrical about this centre with 2 bays on either
side. 3 bay canted three sided bows, 2 bays beyond to south, returned 2 storey
bow to north. All windows with stone architraves, sashes with glazing bars.
Canted bays with attics with 3 sashes with arched heads and sills, stone
balustrade. Wooden modillion cornice to whole. 3 gabled dormers, flag-pole
tower and one off-ridge stacks, one to central bow and 2 to north canted
bow. Stone porte-cochere at south with 2 open and one glazed arch, columns
with urns at corners. South front with ground floor stone loggia with Ionic
columns with balustrade in between double at north and south with statues;
loggia returned at west with 5 bay conservatory with central pedimented door,
pilasters, entablature and bowed section glass roof. Kitchen court at west.
To north recessed 2 storey 2 bay wing, with ground floor open arched loggia
of 8 bays continued along east front of stable block. Central triumphal arch
motif entrance. Rectangular stable court of one and 2 storeys. Central arch
with Tuscan Doric columns, outer bays with pilasters, entablature and cornice
with two full relief kneeling dogs. Attic storey with central oculus dovecote
with swags, pediment with supporting consoles, central uncut cartouche with
palm leaves. Hipped roof with 2 stacks and dormers. To north blank arches
facing stable wing. Rectangular court with, on axis with entrance, a 2 storey
house with open Tuscan Doric loggia ground floor pediment with carved cartouche
and swags. 2 ground and 3 - first floor casements, central door. Brick and
pantiled carriage sheds to south, stables to north with louvred ridge. Hall
Interior: largely in late Caroline or William and Mary taste, in staircase
top-lit stair well with 3 ground floor arches, landing Corinthian columns
and carved solid dado balustrade east front billiard room and dining room
similar. South front with neo Jacobean library with plastered barrel vault
and formerly stone mullioned windows. Drawing room in late C18 Adam Chambers
style continued largely on first floor. See Clive Aslet Sennowe Park in Country
Life vol. 24, 31st December, 1981, p.2242-; 2298-; and Aslet The Last Country
Houses (1982) pp. 134-140.
Listing NGR: TF9813025618
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