Description: Acton Hall
Date Listed: 31 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 236762
OS Grid Reference: NU1850802426
OS Grid Coordinates: 418508, 602426
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3156, -1.7099
NU 10 SE
6/93 Acton Hall
House. Main block c.1730 incorporating C17 or earlier fabric; extended to
east in early C19. Squared stone except for earlier rubble fabric in west
wall; cut dressings; Welsh slate roof. Double-span main block with extension
to east of front part.
South elevation in two sections. Left part 2 storeys + attics, 2 + 1 + 2
bays. Four steps, flanked by low walls carrying terracotta urns, up to
central C19 half-glazed door, with patterned glass, in bolection-moulded
surround, the moulding arched over a lintel panel with coat of arms; flanking
moulded brackets but no cornice. Sash windows in moulded surrounds. Ground-
floor openings have segmental floating pediments above. Coped gables on
moulded kneelers. Two flat-topped roof dormers with paired 8-pane casements.
Stepped-and-corniced end stacks, that to left rendered. 3-bay right part
shows sashes, coped gable on moulded kneelers and stepped-and-corniced right
end stack. Twin-gabled left return shows masonry of several different
periods: right projecting stepped chimney breast and outline of gable end
of earlier house; left 2 small chamfered windows and one with timber lintel.
Rear elevation shows several windows, with C19 fancy leaded glazing, and 2
round-arched stair windows.
Interior: Dining Room and Morning Room have enriched cornices; rear passage
has 2 panelled archways with imposts and keyblocks. Dog-leg open-string
stair with turned vase-on-urn balusters, similar newels, ramped and moulded
grip handrail and curtail step. Front block has 2-panel bedroom doors in
corniced surrounds, and 7-bay roof with pegged collar-beam trusses showing
carpenters numbers I, II, (III), 4, V and VI.
Note: the front elevation of the main block is almost identical to that of
Elyhaugh (q,v.), also in Felton parish, which is dated 1732.
Listing NGR: NU1850802426
Source: English Heritage
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