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Description: Cheswardine Hall, Entrance Forecourt Walls and Gate Piers
Date Listed: 25 February 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 260156
OS Grid Reference: SJ7251130807
OS Grid Coordinates: 372511, 330807
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8740, -2.4098
SJ 73 SW
4/141 Cheswardine Hall, Entrance,
forecourt walls and
Country House. Started 1875 to replace an earlier house for C Donaldson Hudson.
Architect unknown. Red brick with ashlar quoins and dressings; tiled roofs.
Elizabethan Revival style with an asymmetrical plan, basically rectangular but with
cross-wing to right and 2 service ranges to left. 2 storeys and attics, with
strings to each floor; irregular gabled frontage and varied roofline; although the
principal rooms are to the centre and right, the composition is balanced to the left
by the subordinate rooms, making the low 4-storey tower-porch with its balustrated
parapet roughly central. Mullion and transom windows of 2 and 3 lights, cornices to
attic windows, moulded range copings and finials to the copings; linked octagonal
chimneys in pairs and threes picturesquely disposed to the main, right-hand, part and
more regular to the left hand part. Set back to right are 3 windows below and gable,
a minor bay below a dormer (now with metal fire-escape from 1st floor) and then comes
the projecting gabled wing; to the left is a lower part, flush with the porch with
2 gabled half-dormers, a minor gable (to the back stairs) and a lower 3-bay projecting
gabled wing linked by a curved gable. Classical partico to entrance with paired Doric
columns and strapwork parapet, rounded 5-light stone bar window above. Return to
right (south) equally gabled and varied. The principal feature is the ground floor
bay to left of centre.
Interior: panelled entrance hall leads to top-lit stair hall approached by steps and
skav doorway which suggests an earlier core (courtyard) at this point. Most of the
decoration (panelling and ceilings) is of late C16/early C17 type with strapwork etc,
but those are strong Queen Anne elements - in particular the rooms and the principal
baroque library with its flutted pilasters and plaster wreath on the ceiling with
high relief fruit and flowers; the best ceiling is in the drawing room. On the
first floor, one of the bedrooms has Adam-Revival ceiling decoration and chimney
piece. In general the chimney pieces are of good quality mostly in C18 English
and French styles. One of the most spectacular features is the quoin-vaults cross-
axis distribution corridor which terminates in an angled bay-window seat.
Entrance forecourt: the house front is defined by low brick walls and 2 sets of
rusticated brick piers with stone dressings abd bell-finials; to the left an taller
reverse quadrant walls with further gate-piers to the back drive. Impression-gardens
particularly walled garden to N.W with clipped yews and Japanese garden to south.
Peter Reid; Burke's and Saville's Guide to Country Houses (vol II 1080; BOE Building
Accounts in Shropshire Record Offices.
Listing NGR: SJ7251130807
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Source: English Heritage
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