British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Capheaton Hall and Walls Attached, Capheaton

Description: Capheaton Hall and Walls Attached

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 238570

OS Grid Reference: NZ0389980497
OS Grid Coordinates: 403899, 580497
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1189, -1.9404

Location: Capheaton, Northumberland NE19 2AA

Locality: Capheaton
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE19 2AA

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Listing Text

NZ 08 SW

3/85 Capheaton Hall
27.8.52 and walls attached


Country house. 1668 by Robert Trollope. Wings added for Sir Edward Swinburne
who died in 1786. North front added late C18 by William Newton for Sir John
Swinburne. Ashlar with Lakeland slate roof.

South front: Baroque. 2 storeys and basements, 5 bays. Divided by giant
pilasters with rusticated bases, intermittent banded rustication to ground floor,
and bulgy rustication above. Semicircular steps up to central door in elaborate
surround; Corinthian columns carved with vine leaves, and bases with relief
carvings of a beggar and a knight; scrolled pediment holding Swinburne coat of
arms. 2-light mullioned windows with raised rounded surrounds carved with leaf
garlands. Above outer ground-floor windows are dated sundials in frames of
dogtooth. Above inner ground floor windows are carved flower vases. The dentil
cornice is a replacement by Newton. Hipped roof with corniced ridge stacks.

Similar detail on returns. East side has central doorway with surround of thick,
naturalistic fruit and leaf carving; elaborate crest above. Recessed lower 5-bay
wing has 12-pane sashes with projecting keystones. Ramped walls c. 20 yards
long run south from ends of wings; wall to west has C17 doorway with scrolled

North side: Classical style. 7-bay main block with 3-bay pedimented centre.
Half-glazed door in open Tuscan porch. 12-pane sashes in architraves. Oeil-de-
boeuf window in pediment. Lower L-plan 3-bay wings, with 6-bay inner returns
enclosing forecourt, have 12-pane sashes in plain reveals with keystones.
Interior: Hall has restrained mid C18 plaster ceiling, fielded panelling and
Palladian doorcases. Similar ceiling in ground floor south-east room.

Country Life Vol. CXXXVIII.

Listing NGR: NZ0389980497

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

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.