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Chesters, Humshaugh

Description: Chesters

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 May 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 239978

OS Grid Reference: NY9092270251
OS Grid Coordinates: 390922, 570251
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0267, -2.1435

Location: Humshaugh, Northumberland NE46 4BQ

Locality: Humshaugh
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE46 4BQ

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Listing Text

NY 9070
14/219 Chesters


Country house, 1771 by John Carr for John Clayton, remodelled with major
extensions 1891 by Norman Shaw. Ashlar; Lakeland slate roofs. Square 1771
block with 5 1891 wings, 3 set diagonally at angles and 2 to rear; extensions
in earlier C18 style.

South front in 3 parts: centre is 1771 house, 3 storeys, 4 bays, symmetrical.
Central Tuscan porch with cornice extended over narrow sashes to either sides,
and pediment; doorway now holds 9-pane sash. End bays have full-height canted
bay windows with band and sill bands, and pyramidal roofs. 12-pane sashes to
lower floors, 6-pane above. Modillion eaves cornice. Hipped roof with tall
corniced lateral stacks. Wings each 2 storeys, 3 bays + 1 bay link to centre:
plinth, sill bands, moulded eaves cornice. Broad end pilasters with channeled
rustication. Ground floors of link bays with rustication forming voussoirs of
arched openings with double doors and radial-glazed fanlights; each wing has
central tripartite sash on ground floor, 12-pane sashes above, all in rusticated
surrounds, the lower with keystones. Hipped roofs. Returns show triplets of
similar sashes.

West front shows similar detail in curved facade, the centre 3 bays recessed
behind giant Ionic colonnade in antis, with paired sashes; oculi in attics.
Scattered fenestration in wings.

Rear elevation. Centre 1771 block has Ionic loggia with paired columns in
antis (centre bay now glazed); tripartite stair window under round arch above,
flanked by 12- and 8-pane sashes; 6- and 4- pane sashes to 2nd floors. Wings
have pedimented gables with oculi; returns show Venetian windows in heavy
rusticated surrounds.

Interior: Entrance hall with Roman Doric screen and Shaw-type freestone
fireplace. Large panelled library, dining room and drawing room; all decorative
features by Shaw in pastiche of C18 style, but on a larger scale. Groin-
vaulted lobbies between principal rooms. Stair with very slender turned
balusters, ramped moulded handrail and carved tread ends.

Listing NGR: NY9092270251

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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