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Queensbrry House, Newmarket

Description: Queensbrry House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 December 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 275732

OS Grid Reference: TL6396463071
OS Grid Coordinates: 563964, 263071
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2414, 0.4000

Location: High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9BD

Locality: Newmarket
Local Authority: Forest Heath District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CB8 9BD

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Listing Text

(including EXNING) (South Side)

4/106A Queensberry House


MANSION HOUSE. 1898, by Col. R. W. Edis in Queen Anne style. In red brick, laid in
English Bond throughout, with plaintiled roofs. 2 storeys with basement and attics:
irregular form. The south (garden) front has a central range with 2 gabled wings:
3 hipped dormers with small-paned 2-light casement windows; a small-paned Diocletian
window in the apex of each gables. All eaves and roof-slopes have heavy wooden modillion
cornices. 6 windows to the main range: small-paned sashes with cased frames in shallow
reveals; flat gauged arches with key-stones. 4 pairs of French doors to ground floor,
each with 2 leaves of clear glass. A single-storey open veranda with a lean-to roof
supported on columns is linked to ornate timber verandas with balconies projecting
from each of the wings. Both wings have full height canted bays terminating in solid
fluted parapets with stone dressings: 2 narrow 8-pane sash windows, and a central
French door with 2 leaves, opening on to the balcony, on the upper floor; on the
ground floor, 2 full-length windows with clear glass and a central double French
door. The balconies have open balustrades and the verandas arched openings with
columns, all ornate. 2 internal and 2 end chimney-stacks, all with tall narrow shafts
and rows of high clay pots. Entrance front on the west side: the main entrance at
the north-west end. Stone doorcase with triangular pediment, ½-round columns with
moulded bases and Ionic capitals. Entrance doors up 3 steps: 2 leaves, each with
3 raised fielded panels. On each side of the external stack adjacent to the entrance
is a drainpipe with an ornate waterhead dated 1898. Much of the north side contains
service rooms, but has several different windows: mainly small-paned sashes, barred
to the basement, but also a Diocletian window to the apex of each gable, a keyed
oculus on the right, and a fine Venetian window which lights the half-landing of
the principal stair. All windows have flat gauged arches with keystones, but the
basement windows have segmental brick arches. Fine interior: the 3 principal rooms
with dentil cornices, panelled walls and shutters, all with egg-and-dart ornament,
and ornate C18 fireplace surrounds of carved woodwork and figured marble, 2 with
raised steel grates. These were all taken from the former house on the site. Imperial
stair with heavy turned balusters and plain handrails. Bathrooms and lavatories
retain their original fittings with polished mahogany casings. The house was designed
for the late Lord Wolverton. The architect, knighted in 1919, was sometime President
of the Architectural Association. His designs include many important buildings,
princially in London.
Apart from the boundary walls and gate piers (qv), the outbuildings - including the stable
block - are not of special interest.

Listing NGR: TL6396463071

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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