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Description: Great Oakley Hall and Attached Gazebo
Date Listed: 25 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 229785
OS Grid Reference: SP8715285902
OS Grid Coordinates: 487152, 285902
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4641, -0.7186
CORBY CHURCH DRIVE
SP88NE (North side)
7/5 Great Oakley Hall and attached
(Formerly listed as Oakley
Country house. c.1555 with C17 and C18 additions, datestone 1893 refers to
rebuilding of south wing. Limestone ashlar, part rendered, with slate roof laid
to diminishing courses. Irregular U-shape plan. 2 storeys with attic. Main
front: centre of 5-window range with flanking gabled wings breaking forward.
Central single-storey porch is probably early C17 with arch-head opening with
keyblocks. Flanking pairs of reeded pilasters supporting frieze and cornice with
balustrade above, consisting of 4 roundels. C19 part-glazed door. 4-light stone
mullion windows with arch-head lights with exception of 2 attic windows to left
which are 3-light. Small gables above each attic window have semi-circular
merlons between. Projecting gable to left has 2-window range in gable end of
2-light stone mullion windows with arch-head lights and one similar window to
attic. C19 right-hand wing in similar style of one-window range in gable end.
Return walls of wings in 2-window range of similar 3-light windows. Centre range
breaks forward, slightly, to left of porch and wall to right of break is
rendered. All windows have drip moulds. Ashlar gable parapets and finials and
ashlar stacks at ridge. Garden front to right of main front is C19 five-window
range of 2-, 4- and 8-light stone mullion windows with transoms and arch head
lights. Gables and eaves parapet and double string course between floors.
Lateral stack set in gable has arms of Bishop Trollope. Datestone in right
gable. Rear elevation to right is similar. Small C18 extension to right with
sash windows under gauged stone lintels also appears to rear left of main front
with wood mullion window, under gauged stone head, and a 6-panel door. C18
gazebo, now garden room and apple store is linked to left of main front by
outbuildings and wall. Rusticated ashlar. 2 storeys. One-window range with sash
window with glazing bars at first floor and ground floor door opening with
bolection moulded surround, panelled frieze and cornice over. Elevation to right
is similar of 2 window range. Slate roof with plain parapet. C19 building
attached to rear was originally a laundry. Interior: hall has ornamental date
1575. Staircase remodelled C19 retains some earlier balusters and 2 ceilings
with C18 Rococo plasterwork. Carved door surrounds and panelling are mainly late
C19 probably reusing sane earlier work. The house was built on the site of an
earlier house fur the de Capell Brooke family who have retained ownership. The
work of 1893 and interior remodelling of that date was carried out by Bishop
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.236).
Listing NGR: SP8715285902
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Source: English Heritage
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