Description: Fermyn Woods Hall,and Attached Stables and Ancillary Buildings
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 232767
OS Grid Reference: SP9581687120
OS Grid Coordinates: 495816, 287120
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4736, -0.5908
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BRIGSTOCK CAUSIN WAY
SP98NE (West side)
3/45 Fermyn Woods Hall, and
23/05/67 attached stables and ancillary
(Formerly listed as Farming
Woods Hall including ancillary
Country house. Early/mid C17, altered and extended C18, and early and mid C19
for the Ladies Fitzpatrick and Lord Lyveden. C19 west wing demolished mid C20.
Squared coursed limestone and limestone ashlar with Welsh and Colleyweston slate
and C20 plain-tile roofs. Double-depth plan with stable courtyard attached. 2
storeys with attic. Entrance front of 5 bays each with gables. Bay to left of
centre breaks forward as 2-storey porch, bay to right has small gable and
flanking bays have larger gables. 3- and 4-light stone mullion windows to each
gable, those at ground floor have transoms. Some attic windows may be C17,
others are all C19. Similar windows in return wall of right hand gable. Porch
doorway is C20 with ashlar surround. Ashlar gable parapets, kneelers and
finials. Ashlar stacks at ridge and ends. Sundial above first floor porch
window. 2-storey, 2-window range attached at right angles to far right, links
with stables. Stone mullion windows to ground floor and single eaves dormer to
first floor. Attic range of rear wing is visible above this range. Elevation to
left of entrance front is a 2-window range of reset stone mullion windows. The
former west wing was attached to this elevation. Rear elevation has 3 gables,
that to left is taller and breaks forward. 3- and 4-light stone mullion windows,
all similar to entrance front. Service wing attached to right was removed mid
C20: Stables attached to right of entrance front are single storey with attic.
C17 gatearch to right of entrance front was built for Sir Lewis Tresham and was
reset, mid C19, from Lyveden Old Buildings, Aldwincle. Semi-circular arch
flanked by niches with 3 shields above each niche. Moulded stone cornice and
entablature surmounted by armorial device with elaborate supporting scrolls. C19
openwork balustrade links to 4-window range to left and gable end of range at
right angles to right. Range to left, forming south side of courtyard has
casement windows under stone lintels with keyblocks. 3 roof dormers. Ashlar
gable parapet to right and hipped roof to left. Range at right angles to left
links with entrance front of house, and forms west side of courtyard. 6 bays
with doorway, to left of centre, having gable over. Two, 3-light, stone mullion
windows to left and three similar 2-light windows, with transoms, to right. Rear
elevation of this range, to the courtyard, has central projecting gable and is
probably remains of C17 stables. Two 3-light stone mullion windows to right. C19
range to right of gatearch, forming east side of courtyard, is of 5 bays.
Central carriage arch with gable over and gabled eaves dormers with 2-light
stone mullion windows. Rear elevation has coach house door. C19 two-storey
range, to north of courtyard, is former laundry with central lateral stack to
courtyard elevation. Stone mullion windows to rear. Interior: entrance hall has
mid C19 staircase with elaborately carved newels, all reset from west wing. Mid
C19 tiled floor with armorial devices of Lyveden family. Sitting Room and
Drawing Room, to left of entrance, have C18 style fireplaces. The house was
probably originally a hunting lodge in the Rockingham Forest. It was owned by
Sir John Robinson in the early C18 and passed to the Earls of Upper ossery who
added a late C18 west wing which was remodelled C19 and subsequently demolished.
The house then passed to the Ladies Fitzpatrick and Lord Lyveden who carried out
considerable C19 alterations.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.216; Gotch, J.A., Squires Homes and
Other Old Buildings of Northamptonshire, p.7; Northamptonshire Records Office,
Architectural Drawings Collection).
Listing NGR: SP9581687120
Source: English Heritage
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