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
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
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
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
Source: English Heritage
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