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Howick Hall Centre Block and Link Galleries, Longhoughton

Description: Howick Hall Centre Block and Link Galleries

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 September 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 237007

OS Grid Reference: NU2480217499
OS Grid Coordinates: 424802, 617499
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4507, -1.6094

Location: Longhoughton, Northumberland NE66 3LB

Locality: Longhoughton
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE66 3LB

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Listing Text


16/116 Howick Hall
centre block and
link galleries

Country House. 1782 by William Newton for Sir Henry Grey. Linking galleries
altered and entrance hall added 1809 by George Wyatt; alterations and internal
remodelling, after serious fire, 1928 by Sir Herbert Baker and Scott. Tooled
ashlar with graduated Lakeland slate roof. Plan: Rectangular block with
internal 1st-floor courtyard; 1-storey entrance hall on north continued as
linking galleries to east and west wings (the former stable and kitchen
blocks), q.v.

North (entrance) front: 3-storey 9-bay main-block with 1-storey 5-bay
projecting porch and 6-bay linking galleries slightly set back from porch at
both sides. Porch has plinth, Tuscan pilasters, cornice and balustraded
parapet. Central door, with bronze lion-mask knocker, under overlight with
lantern and date 1929; cornice over. Flanking round-arched windows; outer
windows under cornices. Side galleries have subsidiary doors, and windows
in architraves; all replaced 15-pane sashes. 3 rainwater heads dated 1809
with Grey crest. Main block in three 3-bay sections. Pedimented centre holds
giant Tuscan aedicule, with recessed windows giving on to inner court, flanked
by round-headed windows on first floor and oculi above; all small-paned
casements. Grey crest and motto in pediment. Outer sections have 12-pane
sashes on first floor, 6-pane above; entablature and blocking course, hipped
roofs behind with ridge stacks.

South front 3 storeys, 9 bays. Rusticated ground floor; moulded plinth and -
sill string to first floor. Projecting pedimented 3-bay centre with giant
Ionic Order. Central half-glazed double door with radial fanlight. All
ground- and first-floor windows 12-pane sashes, those on first-floor centre
with fluted friezes and console bracketed pediments; similar friezes and
cornices in outer bays. 6-pane second-floor sashes in architraves. All
windows renewed. Modillion eaves cornice; worn Grey crest and motto in
modillioned pediment. 5-bay returns have similar detail, with pedimented
1st-floor centre windows.

Interior: Entrance hall, flanked by distyle Roman Doric screens, has metope
frieze, with flowers and bucrania, and decorative plaster ceiling. Most of
the interior was renewed in 1928. Most fittings of earlier date now removed,
although some ornamental plaster ceilings remain. C17 carved stone fireplace,
brought from a Yorkshire house, in study.

Listing NGR: NU2480217499

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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