Description: Hydraulics Research Limited
Date Listed: 16 August 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 247221
OS Grid Reference: SU6151690107
OS Grid Coordinates: 461516, 190107
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6065, -1.1131
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CROWMARSH BENSON LANE
SU69SM (West side)
1/3 Crowmarsh Gifford
Hydraulics Research Limited
House, now offices. c.1850. Stone base; red brick with Bath stone dressings;
complex slate roof; various brick stacks. Complex plan. Elizabethan style. 2
storeys and attic; 5-window range. 1:3:l. 3-bay centre with one-bay cross-wings.
Stone arcaded glazed loggia with Doric pilasters. Central half-glazed double
door with round overlight. Cross window to right cross-wing. 3 cross windows to
centre first floor. 5-light stone mullion and transom window to right cross-wing
to left and right. Pierced ston e balustrade to centre roof. Shaped gables to
cross wings to left and right. Octagonal tower to right with ogee lead roof.
Rear; 2 storey and attic; 5-window range. 3 French doors to centre. 2 storey bay
window to left and right with stone mullion and transom windows to bath floors.
3 cross-windows to first floor centre. Pierced stone balustrade to centre roof
and to flat tops of hay windows. Central armorial bearing. Shaped gables to left
and right. 2 dormers to centre. 2-storey, 3-window wing to left with 5-window
arcade to ground floor. Interior: Double height hall with glazed leaded screen
to lobby. Decorative encaustic tile floor. Balcony to first floor with panelled
front in Jacobean style with cupid herms to uprights of panels. Ornate plaster
panelled ceiling with brackets to cove. Enquiry Room and Library (probably
former drawing rooms) both panelled in French Rococo style. Lecture room to left
(probably former dining room) panelled in Jacobean style in oak. Staircase to
right. Open well cantilever staircase with wrought and cast iron balustrade with
wood hand rail. Coffered ceiling with central hinged figure to oval panel.
Listing NGR: SU6151690107
Source: English Heritage
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