Description: Longridge Tower
Date Listed: 22 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 237907
OS Grid Reference: NT9581649948
OS Grid Coordinates: 395816, 649948
Latitude/Longitude: 55.7429, -2.0682
HORNCLIFFE A698 (off)
NT 94 NE
(South side, off)
6/54 Longridge Tower
Country house, now school. c.1876 by J.C. and C.A. Buckler for Sir Hubert
Jerningham. Sandstone ashlar, roofs not visible. Tudor style. A large
mansion on irregular plan. 2 storeys with 3-storey tower to right. An
asymmetric and very freely composed 7-bay facade. 4th bay has large rib-
vaulted porte-cochere with multi-moulded Tudor arches, battlements, and
octagonal pinnacles at the corners with ogee caps. Above and behind this
a large mullioned-and-transomed oriel on moulded corbel. This bay projects
and is embattled with corbelled-out higher embattled turrets. Elsewhere
large mullioned-and-transomed windows. Bays flanking entrance are very
narrow with tall ground-floor windows of 2 transoms. Left bay has an
embattled single-storey bay window with well-carved heraldic crest above.
lst-floor string; cornice below moulded parapet with octagonal angle turrets,
some of them embattled and some doubling as chimneys. The tower recessed
on right return has large and complex buttresses; small windows; Jerningham
crest on 1st floor. Very large service wings to rear.
Interior: Entrance hall has imperial stair with twisted wrought-iron balusters
and twisted stone newels. Stone centrepiece has Tudor arch beneath and
stone balustrade above with trefoiled arches.
Great hall has 2 large Tudor arches and false hammer-beam roof with grotesque
heads on the ends of the beams.
Source: The Liddell Family and Richard Grainger and his Descendants:
pamphlet in Northumberland Records Office.
Listing NGR: NT9581649948
Source: English Heritage
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