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Description: The Manor House and Attached Brewhouse
Date Listed: 4 February 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 234213
OS Grid Reference: SP5607945589
OS Grid Coordinates: 456079, 245589
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1058, -1.1826
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SULGRAVE MANOR ROAD
SP54NE (South side)
4/184 The Manor House and attached
Manor house. Built c.1540-60 by Lawrence Washington, who acquired the Manor in
1539. c.1673 it passed to the Rev. Moses Hodges, whose son John made alterations
to the house c.1700 and added the north-east wing. By the late C18 the house had
become a farm and part was demolished. Of the centre, only the right half with
the porch is original. The left half was rebuilt by Sir Reginald Blomfield who
restored the house in 1920-30. Coursed limestone rubble, rendered porch, stone
slate roof, brick and stone stacks. L-plan, through passage. 2 storeys and
attic, 3 bays. Gabled 2-storey porch in centre has entrance with 4-centred arch
under square hood with Washington arms in the spandrels. Washington coat of arms
in plaster above, 3-light window with wood lintel and old iron casement on first
floor. Plaster coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth I in the gable and a traingular
device in plaster, said to be the wool stapler's symbol, at the apex. Inner
doorway has 4-centred wood arch and C20 panelled door. 4-light wood mullioned
and transomed windows with wood lintels on the ground floor. 4-light wood
mullioned windows with wood lintels on the first floor. Coped left gable end
with kneelers. Former brewhouse, now offices, attached to house by short stone
wall to north. Probably c.1700, remodelled C20 by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Coursed limestone rubble, stone slate roof, one storey and loft. 4 bays. 2
doorways with wood lintels in plank doors to left, two C20 windows with wood
mullion to right. Interior: Side walls of porch have large C16 plaster figures
of a lion and dragon. Great Hall has screen designed by Blomfield and original
open Fireplace with moulded timber 4-centred arch and stone jambs. Ceiling with
moulded cross beams forming 24 square panels. The windows contain reproductions
of stained glass arms of the Washington family. The originals are in Fawsley
Church and Weston Hall. Oak Parlour on the ground floor has early C18 fireplace
with moulded stone surround and panelled walls and overmantel of the same date.
In the kitchen is a large open fireplace with ovens. Late C17 staircase with
twisted balusters. The Great Chamber, on the first floor, has a fireplace
similar to that in the hall and an open timber roof of 2-bays with central
cambered collar beam and central moulded pendant, and arched braces carved on
moulded wood corbel. Interior of former brew- house not inspected. Lawrence
Washington was a wool merchant and became mayor of Northampton in 1532. In 1610
Sulgrave Manor was purchased by his grandson, Lawrence Makepeace. It was sold in
1659 and had no further connection with the Washington family. In 1914 it was
purchased as a memorial to George Washington.
(H. Clifford Smith, Sulgrave Manor and the Washingtons, London 1933).
Listing NGR: SP5607945589
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Source: English Heritage
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