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Ruckley Grange, Including Terrace to West and South, Tong

Description: Ruckley Grange, Including Terrace to West and South

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 August 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 255295

OS Grid Reference: SJ7794306593
OS Grid Coordinates: 377943, 306593
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6566, -2.3275

Location: Tong, Shropshire TF11 8PQ

Locality: Tong
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: TF11 8PQ

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Listing Text

(West side)

6/44 Ruckley Grange, including
- Terrace to West and South.


Country House. Dated 1904 on rainwater heads, by Sir Ernest George and
Yates. Squared and coursed sandstone with ashlar dressings, and plain
tile roofs. Irregular H-plan; Neo-Elizabethan style. 2 storeys and
attic. Plinth, string course, moulded stone eaves cornice, coped
parapeted gable ends with obelisk finials at feet and apexes, 2-light
flat topped dormers; 14 large stacks with cornices, except that to East
with 2 diagonal shafts, and end stack to North-West with one square and
one octagonal shaft. Moulded stone mullioned and transomed windows with
leaded lights, some with flanking pilasters and cornices. Entrance front:
slightly asymmetrical E-plan. Gabled wings and central gabled 3 storey
porch; moulded 4-centred arched doorway with impost mouldings, keystone,
and 12-panelled door; flanking pilasters with raised lozenge decoration,
frieze and cornice, and carved coat of arms above with strapwork and
triangular pedimented top. West front: main elements of asymmetrical
composition include 2 storey, 2 bay, porch off-centre to left with ground
and first floor cornices, balustraded parapet with obslisks, and gable
set back behind; first floor pilaster strips and 2-light windows, ground
floor round-arched arcaded loggia with Tuscan columns, grouped at corners;
half glazed door set back behind with overlight and side lights; projecting
3 storey gabled square bay off-centre to right, ground floor window with
central segmental-arched light. South front: U-plan with 1:5:1 bay
rhythm. Gabled wings, central gabled eaves dormer, first floor 2-light
windows and ground floor cross windows. 2 central half glazed doors with
2-light overlight and moulded surround; flanking pilasters with strapwork
decoration supporting frieze and dentil cornice, and uncarved strapwork
plaque above. Service courtyard to North-East, one storey; central round-
arched carriageway to North with impost blocks, keystones, and stepped
parapeted gables. Terrace to West and South with squared and coursed
sandstone dwarf walls, and steps down to lawn. Interior: panelled entrance
hall with passage leading to Neo-Elizabethan 3-flight square-well staircase
with Ionic balusters, moulded handrail, and square newels with Ionic finials;
Hall: Neo-Elizabethan decoration with panelling and fluted pilasters, rich
frieze with putti, panelled plaster ceiling with moulded beams, lozenges
and putti; marble fireplace with grotesques and egg and dart enriched cornice;
Drawing Room: Neo-Classical decoration with pilasters, frieze with urns,
and moulded cornice; Neo-Classical fireplace with central urn plaque and
swags; Dining Room: dado panelling; Neo-Elizabethan stone fireplace with
depressed arch, uncarved shields in spandrels, strapwork pilasters, fluted
frieze, and overmantel with fluted pilasters; Smoking Room: large stone
fireplace with shafted moulded arch,shield with motto: "CURA:ET:INDUSTRIA",
Some original Architects' drawings remain in the house. Landscaped grounds
with lake, gazebo and pool (qv), balustraded retaining wall (qv), walled
garden (qv), and gates (qv). The house and stable block (qv) show the
influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on Architects who were not otherwise
directly associated with it. N. Pevsner, B.O.E. Shropshire, p.237; Ed.
Peter Reid, Burkes and Savills Guide to Country Houses of Hereford, Salop
and Worcester, 1980, pp. 11-2.

Listing NGR: SJ7794306593

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Source: English Heritage

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