Description: Chipchase Castle
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 239570
OS Grid Reference: NY8825775731
OS Grid Coordinates: 388257, 575731
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0759, -2.1854
There is also a scheduled monument, Chipchase Tower, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
NY 87 NE CHOLLERTON CHIPCHASE
9/35 Chipchase Castle
Country house. C14, 1621 and C18. Minor alterations C19. Work of 1621 for
Cuthbert Heron. Also work by John Dodds and John Dobson for Reed family.
Earlier work done for Herons and Allgoods. Random rubble, dressed stone and
ashlar in different sections. Stone and Welsh slate roofs. Tower with later
additions, now forming courtyard house.
Entrance front of 1621 E-shaped: 3 storeys, 7 bays. Doorway, in 3-storey
centrepiece, has moulded jambs, imposts and round arch framed by carved panels
and flanked by ½-fluted Ionic columns on bases with strapwork and emblems of
Heron family. Frieze with blank arches, dentilled cornice and obelisks above
columns with Heron coat of arms between. Canted mullioned-and-transomed bay
windows above. Parapet with ornamental cresting and beasts with shields. 2-bay
recessed sections have mid-C18 12-pane sashes in raised surrounds. Basement
has 2-light mullioned windows. Projecting outer bays have 2-storey mullioned-
and-transomed bow windows, shown with sashes in 1784. They have embattled
parapets and beasts with shields. 12-pane sashes on 2nd floor. String course
above each floor and embattled top parapet with round arches surmounted by
beasts above outer bays and diagonally-set octagonal chimneys above each corner.
Left return has mid-C14 tower on left. Dressed stone. 4 storeys with bartizans
and machicolations on corbels. Given classical detail to unify facade in mid
C18. 3 storeys, 9 bays, 2:5:2. Recessed 5-bay centre has steps up to Roman
Doric doorcase. 12-pane sashes in moulded surrounds. String course above each
floor. Embattled parapet.
Right return and rear of house mid C18 with older masonry behind. 2 storeys.
2 pedimented doorways and sashes with glazing bars. Rear of tower, has C14
blocked 2-light window with cusped ogee heads; also 2 corbelled garderobe chutes.
Early C19 single-storey service wing attached to north-west corner.
Interior of tower has vaulted basement, stone newel stair and original portcullis.
Elsewhere several mid-C18 plaster ceilings, especially Music room which has
Rococo detail. Elaborate Jacobean overmantel, also in Music room. Palladian
doorcases with eared architraves and pulvinated friezes.
Country Life Vol. CXIX.
Listing NGR: NY8825775731
Source: English Heritage
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