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Description: Orwell Park School
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
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In the entry for NACTON ORWELL PARK
Orwell Park House
the address shall be amended to read ORWELL PARK
Orwell Park School
TM 23 NW NACTON ORWELL PARK
5/26 Orwell Park House
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
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Source: English Heritage
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