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Heveningham Hall, Heveningham

Description: Heveningham Hall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 286089

OS Grid Reference: TM3508473429
OS Grid Coordinates: 635084, 273429
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3086, 1.4471

Location: Heveningham, Suffolk IP19 0PN

Locality: Heveningham
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP19 0PN

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Listing Text


8/70 Heveningham Hall

Mansion. 1778-80, incorporating early C18 work, by Sir Robert Taylor for Sir
Gerald Vanneck, 2nd Baron Huntingfield; interiors c.1781-4 by James Wyatt.
Brick and stucco with Coade stone detailing; leaded roof. Two and a half
storeys. Symmetrical 23-bay facade extending for some 80m and arranged
3:5:7:5:3. The central block has an arcaded ground floor, rusticated, with a
screen of detached giant Corinthian columns above, paired at the corners:
these support an entablature and a parapet enriched with garlands, carved
panels and sculpture. Flanking pedimented wings of similar design, with 4
engaged giant columns and square pilasters at the corners; these are linked to
the central block by slightly recessed sections, arcaded (but not rusticated)
on the ground floor, and with enriched panels over the first floor windows and
balustrading to the parapet. All the windows are inset sashes with slender
glazing bars. Very fine interior. The central entrance hall has a tunnel-
vaulted ceiling enriched with stucco decoration and a screen of 4 scagliola
columns at each end and scagliola pilasters against the walls; this room is
considered to be the finest surviving example of Wyatt's interior design. The
main state rooms are to the left of the hall: the dining room (restored after
a fire in 1949) and saloon have very fine Adam-type decoration both in stucco
and in painted relief (by Biagio Rebecca); Etruscan room also with painted
decoration. Well staircase behind hall with painted cast iron balustrade
incorporating lead medallions and mahogany handrail. Immediately to the right
of the hall is the morning room with a plainer barrel-shaped ceiling and the
print room decorated with C18 prints. The east wing, containing the library
and drawing room, was gutted by fire in June 1984. Country Life 25.4.08 and

Listing NGR: TM3508473429

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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