Description: The Durdans
Date Listed: 10 January 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 290627
OS Grid Reference: TQ2078059452
OS Grid Coordinates: 520780, 159452
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3214, -0.2681
TQ 2059 34/86 10.1.74.
1764. Architect William Newton. Altered in C19, possibly by George Devey.
Red brick. Pitched slate roof. 2 storeys. Moulded stone cornice and
balustrade. Principal front has 2 - 3 - 2 windows with C19 stone mullions
and transoms. Centre 3 bays break forward slightly. Neo-Georgian porch
in centre of ground floor. Garden front similar, but central 3 bays are
canted. End elevations have 2 ranges of windows under coped gable end,
in which is set 1 semi-circular lunette. 2 cartouches in south end.
1 reads "Chs. Dalbiac Restt. 1764 Wm. Newton Art",. and the other "SG.
Sibyllae Amicisque 1929-55". Interior retains at least 2 original chimney
pieces to Newton's designs (drawings in R I B A Collection), of which
the better has a depressed arch with a keystone, surmounted by a marble
bas-relief and flanked by detached Ionic columns. Original house was
built by Lord Berkeley in the mid C17, and its appearance suggests that
it was as advanced in taste as his more famous town house in Piccadilly.
Its subsequent owners included the 2nd Duke of Argyll (in 1708), The
Earl of Guilford (in 17ll), and Frederick, Prince of Wales. It was pulled
down and the present house built for Charles Dalbiac. In the late C19
it was the seat of the Earl of Rosebery, Prime Minister and owner of several
Listing NGR: TQ2078059452
Source: English Heritage
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