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Langley Park School, Langley with Hardley

Description: Langley Park School

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 226756

OS Grid Reference: TG3512900661
OS Grid Coordinates: 635129, 300661
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5530, 1.4669

Location: Langley with Hardley, Norfolk NR14 6BJ

Locality: Langley with Hardley
Local Authority: South Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR14 6BJ

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Listing Text

TG 30 SE
3/48 Langley Park School


Country house, now private school. c1740 by Matthew Brettingham with C19
remodelling by Anthony Salvin. Red brick with lead and slate roofs. Three
storeys with four-storey corner towers, seven by five bays. Entrance front
to south of seven bays, symmetrical, arranged 1:1:3:1:1, the outer bays set
slightly advanced and rising to four storeys to form square corner towers
with pyramidal roofs and weather vane finials. Sashes without glazing bars
under flat gauged brick arches. Keystones to arches in outer bays and ground
floor openings. Rusticated brick pilasters divide bays. Centre three bays
are closely set under a pediment, early C19 Doric entrance porch with
balustrade at first floor level. Moulded brick cornice between first and
second floors. Coped eaves parapet with urn finials above pilasters. To
the south-east and south-west, two storey side wings of 4x4 bays linked to
main house by short quadrant link blocks; bays divided 1:2:1 by rusticated
brick pilasters. Sashes with glazing bars. Moulded brick cornice and eaves
parapet with ball-finials above pilasters. North facade of nine bays,
symmetrical. Sashes with glazing bars removed on ground floor only. Centre
three bays under a pediment. Central doorway with unfluted Ionic columns
supporting a broken pediment against a rusticated brick surround. Flanking
screen walls to side wings with pedimented niches containing figures. In
the east and west walls, some blind sashes in the corner towers; on the
west side a flat roofed stair block with a semi-circular headed window.
Interior chiefly notable for its very fine C18 and C19 plasterwork: entrance
hall with domed centrepiece to ceiling containing four allegorial figures
and four roundels with heads in profile. Ballroom with very ornate C19
Baroque ceiling and cornice, white marble fire surround with figures in bas-
relief and plaster panelled overmantle. In the saloon (now staffroom) very
rich relief plasterwork with Greek mythological scenes in ornate panel
surrounds; principal entrance door with pediment on consoles surmounted
by two figures of children. Fine library plasterwork attributed to Charles
Stanley; ceiling with tendril work around an oval relief of Diana and
Actaeon. Venetian window in east wall, canted bay to north. First floor
room above entrance hall has a painted ceiling by Clermont c1755. The dining
room may be a re-erection by Salvin, being essentially an C18 interior with
a screen of Ionic columns, but set in a C19 addition. Staircase with three
twisted balusters per tread and wall decoration of large plaster mediallions
with heads in profile.

Listing NGR: TG3512900661

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Source: English Heritage

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