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Palace Mansion and Entrance Steps, Newmarket

Description: Palace Mansion and Entrance Steps

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 June 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 275704

OS Grid Reference: TL6443363358
OS Grid Coordinates: 564433, 263358
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2438, 0.4070

Location: Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8EP

Locality: Newmarket
Local Authority: Forest Heath District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CB8 8EP

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Listing Text

(including EXNING)

7/145 Palace Mansion
and entrance steps

The building shall be upgraded and the description shall be
amended to read.

(including EXNING)

7/145 Palace Mansion
and entrance steps


House; originally wing of Royal Palace. Circa 1669, altered
in 1705 and remodelled in circa early to mid C19 and/or 1857.
Red brick, with tuck pointing to original parts; recently
cement rendered. Slate hipped roof with deep bracketed eaves.
Brick axial stacks.

Plan: Approximately square double depth plan; the surviving
south east wing, of Charles II's Palace, altered in 1705,
reduced in circa 1815 and remodelled as private house and
raised in early to mid C19 or possibly 1857.

Exterior: 3-storeys, first floor a piano nobile. Symmetrical
3-bay south east front. Large 12-pane sashes, those on ground
floor circa early C18 sashes with thick ovolo moulded glazing
bars. Stone flight of steps with marble cross to central first
floor: doorway with rusticated architrave, rectangular overlight
and panelled door; similarly rusticated doorway below steps.
Band at first floor level. Left hand (SW) elevation 2:3
windows, left hand advanced and with 2-storey canted bay;
large central ariel on brackets and moulded soffit with thin
pilasters between large 12-pane sashes and carved apron
panels and frieze (possibly reused carvings) and with iron
cresting above.

Interior: The 1705 staircase has been moved but retains carved
bracket tread ends. There are some late C17 bolection moulded
and fielded 2-panel doors, other C18 and C19 joinery including
C19 panelling, apparently in C18 style. Plastered groin vaulted

Historical Note: James I's hunting seat was at Newmarket and
later a Royal Palace was built by Charles I, but destroyed
during the Commonwealth. In 1661 Charles II bought Earl of
Thomond's house and enlarged it as a Royal Palace. The
remains of this Palace comprise the two lower storeys of Palace
Mansion. The Crown disposed of the Royal Palace in 1815 and in
1857 Baron Meyer Rothschild bought it. Palace House became
the seat of the English branch of the Rothschild family and
Edward VII reputedly often visited.
Sources: H. Colvin, Biographical Dictionary of British
Architects; History of the King's Works V pp 214 - 217.


TL 6463
(including EXNING)
7/145 Palace Mansion
and entrance
House. Early C19, with major alterations c,1900, possible C18
core. 3 storeys and attics. Irregular plan. Red brick with
reddening and thin white pointing; limestone band at 1st floor
and rendered band at 2nd floor. Hipped slated roofs with
modil lion eaves and chimneys of red brick. Sash windows with
flat arches of gauged red brick, some with splayed reveals, and
small-pane sashes. A large late C19 flat-roofed, 2-storey bay;
Corinthian pilasters betwen triple small-pane sash-windows;
enriched entablature. Pair of 2-panelled entrance doors at 1st
floor with large square fanlight; stucco rusticated quoins. A
flight of limestone steps leading from the pavement to the
entrance, with rendered red brick solid balustrading; at the foot
a pair of rendered square piers with marble urns. The house was
the headquarters of King Edward VII during his visits to the
Newmarket races; and is reputed to stand on the site of King
Charles I's palace.

Listing NGR: TL6443663360

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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