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Description: Nunnykirk Hall
Date Listed: 29 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 236295
OS Grid Reference: NZ0809692626
OS Grid Coordinates: 408096, 592626
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2278, -1.8742
NZ 09 SE
Country house, now a school. 1825 by John Dobson for William Orde. Ashlar
with Lakeland slate roof. Greek Revival style.
Entrance front: 2 storeys, 5 broad bays. Centre and outer bays break forward
slightly. In centre bay a large Ionic porte-cochere, with 2 columns in antis,
set against a loggia of 3 pairs of Ionic columns which spans centre 3 bays.
Whole front has banded rustication which breaks to form voussoirs over ground
floor openings. 12- and 6-pane sashes. Cornice and parapet with panels carved
with scrolls, palmettes and anthemia. Hipped roof.
Large L-plan, 3-storey, 6-bay service wing to right has 30-pane sashes on
ground and 1st floor, 16-pane sashes above.
Garden front: 3-storey, 6-bay centre with projecting 2-storey one-bay wings.
The centre has similar banded rustication which is echoed in the angle pilasters
of the wings. Single-storey loggia of 4 Ionic columns in antis. Full-length
12-pane sashes on ground floor. Wood cross windows on 1st floor and 6-pane
sashes above. 2nd floor sill string, palmette frieze, dentil cornice and
panelled parapet with scrolls. Projecting wings have full-length tripartite
windows on ground floor and shorter tripartite windows above. Parapets with
scrolls and palmettes.
On south front a large 2-storey, 3-bay bow window.
Interior: Central hall has coffered dome with glazed drum,rosettes in the
panels; at each end coffered segmental vaults with scrolled edges, frieze of
alternating palmettes and anthemia; stone balcony with cast-iron balustrade
which has lion masks and palmette frieze. Staircase, with similar balustrade,
is semicircular around screen of 2 Corinthian columns; frieze with Greek
figures. Drawing room has reticulated ceiling with flowers at intersections,
scrolled border and Greek key frieze; white marble fireplace with high relief
eagle and snake in lintel; large gilded pelmet with an eagle. Dining room has
coffered ceiling, each panel in frame of palmettes, frieze with palmettes and
cornucopia. Library shelves have Corinthian colonettes and enriched cyma-
moulded cornice. Excellent woodwork throughout principal rooms with doors
and shutters veneered in a variety of native and foreign woods.
Country Life: Feb. 17th 1966.
Listing NGR: NZ0809692626
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Source: English Heritage
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