Description: West Ord
Date Listed: 22 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 237964
OS Grid Reference: NT9544551748
OS Grid Coordinates: 395445, 651748
Latitude/Longitude: 55.7591, -2.0741
ORD WEST ORD
NT 95 SE
2/113 West Ord
House. c.1700-1710. Painted ashlar with Scottish slate roof. A symmetrical
rectangular house with each pair of opposing facades identical. 2 storeys
plus attics, 5 by 2 bays. Chamfered plinth and broad angle pilasters. Central
panelled door with overlight, in raised stone surround. Tall, narrow windows
with raised stone surrounds, now with C20 plate-glass casements. Bold cornice
continuous round the house. Tall plain parapet. Very tall, steeply-pitched near-
pyramidal roof with 2 large square ridge stacks and 3 original hipped dormers
with 2-light casements.
Interior: Drawing room has panels in eared architraves, C20 fireplace flanked
by original full-height Ionic pilasters, wood modillion cornice, two 8-panel
doors and a round-headed 12-panel door in keyed architrave.
Staircase: Panelled dado. Boldly-moulded wreathed handrail, turned balusters,
moulded tread ends. Two keyed, panelled arches on ground floor and 3 on 1st
Large panelled room on 1st floor, now subdivided into 2 bedrooms. It has 2
round-headed 10-panel doors in panelled reveals with fluted pilasters and
keyed archivolts. Fireplace with bolection-moulded surround and full-height
Corinthian pilasters. Extremely fine cornice with enriched modillions, egg-
and-dart, and finely-detailed oak leaves and other foliage between the
modillions. Round-headed niche with enriched moulded surround and shaped
Also on the 1st floor a 3rd room with fielded panels and wood cornice.
In the attic four 2-panel doors. Original large oak principals dying into
the wall face, with one row of trenched purlins.
The house belonged to the Orde Family but its quality may be related to the
fact that Margaret Orde was the mistress of Sir William Blackett of Wallington,
and that her illegitimate daughter, also called Margaret, became Sir William's
heir. The house was probably built before Margaret Orde senior's death in
1712. The interior decoration may date from after the house's full reversal
to the Wallington estate in 1726.
North Durham: J. Raine: London, 1852. (Geneology of Orde of West Ord).
Listing NGR: NT9544551748
Source: English Heritage
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