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Description: Leith Hill Place
Date Listed: 11 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 290072
OS Grid Reference: TQ1338342362
OS Grid Coordinates: 513383, 142362
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1693, -0.3796
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WOTTON C.P. ETHERLEY HILL
6/110 Leith Hill Place
Country house. Circa 1600 largely rebuilt in c1760 in Palladian style (Pevsner)
although some claim that rebuilding and extensions date from early C18 and the
time of General Folliott. Originally brick and Bargate stone, refaced to north
with roughcast and render, stone clad to south with low pitched, hipped slate
roofs. H-shaped plan. Two storeys and attics, to centre, under three horizon-
tally sliding sash, hipped roof dormer windows. Three storey pedimented wings
to either end with plat bands over ground and first floors, moulded eaves cornice
to centre. Ridge stacks to left and right of centre and rear. One 12-pane,
glazing-bar sash window on each floor of each wing in projecting architrave
surrounds. Five bay range to centre with four similar windows on the first floor,
two either side of centre, and 12-pane, glazing-bar sash windows below. Central
two storey, flat-roofed porch with angle piers on the ground floor, cornice plat
band over and one 12-pane, glazing-bar sash window to the first floor. Double
doors below of elaborate design with studding and oval lozenge-shape panels in
architrave surround. Top two panels glazed. Service courtyard and buildings to
left. Right hand return front - old Bargate stone plinth exposed. Rear Garden
Front:- Four dormers in roof. Five glazing-bar sash windows to centre range, one
window on each floor of wings, those on first floor pedimented. Tripartite
windows under hood lintels on ground floor. Wings with pulvinated frieze. Central
Serlian door case to ground floor with arched head under open pediment.
Interior:- C16 fireplace and panelling. Sober C18 staircase and later C18 fire-
places. In 1847 the house was bought by Josiah Wedgewood III, whose brother-in-
law and cousin, Charles Darwin frequently stayed with him here. One of his
daughters was mother of Vaughan-Williams O.M. the composer, whose childhood was
spent here. The house is sited in the slopes of Leith Hill and commands some of
the finest views in the County of Surrey.
PEVSNER: BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND, SURREY (1971) p.342-3.
Listing NGR: TQ1338342362
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Source: English Heritage
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