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Museum Tower, Bell Tower and Attached Outbuildings and Wall and the Old Chapel, Finedon Hall, and At, Finedon

Description: Museum Tower, Bell Tower and Attached Outbuildings and Wall and the Old Chapel, Finedon Hall, and At

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 June 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 233688

OS Grid Reference: SP9109771968
OS Grid Coordinates: 491097, 271968
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3382, -0.6644

Location: Mackworth Dr, Finedon, Northamptonshire NN9 5NJ

Locality: Finedon
Local Authority: Wellingborough Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN9 5NJ

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Listing Text

SP9171 (South side)
09/06/70 Museum Tower, Bell Tower and
attached buildings and wall
and The Old Chaple, Finedon
Hall, and attached wall
(Formerly listed as courtyard
buildings, covered way, tower
and other outbuildings of
Finedon Hall, Station Road)


Range of outbuildings including a museum and wintergarden to Finedon Hall, now
part dwelling house. Datestones 1851 and 1856, perhaps with C18 origins.
Probably by E.F. Law for William Mackworth-Dolben. Ironstone ashlar with slate
and pantile roofs. Museum tower and attached buildings are L-shape plan with The
Old Chapel, former wintergarden, attached to north. Tudor-Gothic style, 2 and 3
storeys. West elevation to courtyard of 4-window range of 3-light stone mullion
windows. Central gable entrance, known as bell tower, has semi-circular arch
flanked by niches with triple lancet above under drip mould. Above are 5 small
arched openings and a bellcote and datestone 1851. Clasping buttresses at
corners. Ashlar parapet and ashlar stacks at ridge. Wall and ashlar gatepier
attached to right. South levation to courtyard originally similar to west
elevation now has one-window range remaining to far left with semi-circular arch
opening below. Rear wall and 2 gable walls also remain; one has a Gothic window.
Museum tower at intersection of wings, originally of 2 stages with gabled
pyramid roof. Upper and lower stages remain with triple arcade to 3 faces of
upper stage and 3-storey, 3 window range of single-light openings to east face
of lower stage. North face has semi-circular stair turret. Stone scrolls below
th triple arcades have inscriptions "Filiis Fratibu Parentes", "W.H.I.M.D.
and F.M.D.", and "Victoria Rgnant A.D. 1856". Remains of various other
inscriptions and carved heads. The old chapel west elevation is a 5-bay arcade
of double-chamfred C19 Gothic arches with quatrfoil piers and foliated
capitals. Trefoils in spandrels between arches. Corbelled cornice and ashlar
gable parapets. C20 extension to left. Castellated wall attached to left has
semi-circular arch opening and niches. Castellated wall attached to west end of
south elevation and linking with the Hall has 3 stage buttresses and 2 small
Gothic style openings to left and right. The Museum Tower, Bell Tower, attached
buildings and wall form two sides of a courtyard with Finedon hall (q.v.).
(Finedon Otherwise Thingdon by J.L.H. Bailey, p85).

Listing NGR: SP9109771968

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Source: English Heritage

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