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Orwell Park School, Nacton

Description: Orwell Park School

Grade: II
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 286192

OS Grid Reference: TM2183139518
OS Grid Coordinates: 621831, 239518
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0097, 1.2309

Location: Church Road, Nacton, Suffolk IP10 0EP

Locality: Nacton
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP10 0EP

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Listing Text

In the entry for NACTON ORWELL PARK
Orwell Park House

the address shall be amended to read ORWELL PARK

Orwell Park School



5/26 Orwell Park House

- II

Large country mansion, c.1854, much enlarged 1873; for Col. George Tomline MP.
Now a Preparatory School. The previous house on this site, c.1780 for
Viscount Orwell, was probably demolished for the present building. From the
north entrance front; a symmetrical range in the neo-Classical style, 3
storeys, a central slightly set-forward block of 3 windows and flanking blocks
of 2 windows each. Red brick with rusticated quoins of limestone; the
projecting alternate stones have curved edges. Parapets with moulded stone
cornice, and corner piers with obelisk finials in the Elizabethan manner.
Over the centre bay is a pediment bearing a coat of arms. Hipped slated roof
with chimneys of red brick with moulded limestone caps. Sashes with flat
arches of gauged brick, some having small panes. Along the entrance front is
a set-forward single-storey loggia; multiple bays with flat pilasters
supporting a cornice, infilled to left of entrance with windows and to right
with brickwork; balustrading of pierced limestone. An integral set-forward
open entrance porch on Doric columns; pair of 4-panelled doors. To left is a
3-storey service wing. The garden front presents a long facade of linked
units, each having balustrading as on the entrance front. From left to right:
a single-storey stone-faced conservatory of 7 bays; a single-storey assembly
hall with canted bay window; the 3-storey 5-bay main block with windows framed
and linked vertically by stone pilasters and panels; a 7-bay, 2-storey block
with canted stone - faced bay windows; an octagonal observatory, its 3rd stage
reduced in diameter and buttressed at the corners by massive ramped scrolls of
limestone. Within the copper-clad dome is a 10" refractor telescope installed
in 1872. The observatory is in working order and used by the Orwell
Astronomical Society. Above each of the upper windows along the garden front
is enrichment of pierced strapwork in the C17 manner. The colonnaded entrance
hall and panelled dining room have rich plasterwork and other decorations of
the late C18 style.

Listing NGR: TM2183139518

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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