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Buckwell Place, Herstmonceux

Description: Buckwell Place

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 August 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 295357

OS Grid Reference: TQ6265912008
OS Grid Coordinates: 562659, 112008
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8847, 0.3111

Location: A271, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 4JT

Locality: Herstmonceux
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN27 4JT

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Listing Text

TQ 61 SW

13/414 Buckwell Place


The entry and grade shall be amended to read;


13/414 Buckwell Place

II* (star)

Large former rectory, now private house. Original wing of c1792 built
by the Rev.Robert Hare, a member of the Hare family who owned
Herstmonceux Castle. His nephew Archdeacon Julius Hare added a parlour
wing with best bedroom above the southwest in 1833 with contemporary
conservatory in the L wing. c1860 a service wing was added to the west
by the Rev Henry Wellesley, an illegitimate nephew of the Duke of
Wellington. Stuccoed with hipped slate roof and stuccoed chimney
stacks. NE or entrance front of original wing has 2 storeys 4 windows.
4 12-pane sashes to first floor (the third a blank with slate
partition behind) and 3 curved blank panels to ground floor and curved
recessed doorcase with Gibbs surround. Garden front to SE has 4 12-
pane sashes (the third on first floor blank with slate partition
behind). The rear elevation of this wing has 3 storeys with 6 pane
sashes to second floor, 12 pane sashes to lower floors and round-
headed staircase window on right hand side. SW elevation has 1 blank
window. Attached to the south west is the 1833 parlour wing of 1 bay
with balcony to first floor and canted bay with French windows to
ground floor. Attached to west is 2 storey wing of c1860 in matching
style with tripartite windows to ground floor. The principal feature
of the house is a domed conservatory of c1833 built between the
original wing and the parlour wing of 1833. This has thin iron ribs
with small panes of curved glass and circular cast iron ventilation
slits with iron urn finial on a stuccoed base approached up 3 tooled
stone steps.
Original library, now lounge, has c1830 marble fireplace surround with
reeded pilasters and roundels and door with marginal glazing. Curved
late C18 staircase with mahogany handrail and 6 panelled door nearby.
Old kitchen has wooden segmental fireplace with central keystone, iron
crane and Eagle cast iron range. Cellar has stone staircase with iron
handrail and wine bins of c1833 in tooled stone niches. Dining Room
has some possibly C18 chinese wallpaper, but this is not original to
the house. The house has historic interest as being the childhood home
of Augustus Hare the notable Victorian travel writer who also wrote
memoirs in 6 volumes 'The story of my life'. Augustus Hare was brought
up by his uncle, Archdeacon Julius Hare whose library was famous and
who entertained many eminent victorians including Thomas Carlyle. The
library and pictures which he collected were subsequently bequeathed
to the University of Oxford.
[See Augustus Hare 'The Story of my Life', Vols I-VI].


Buckwell Place
TQ 61 SW 13/414


L-shaped. Early C19 house built by the Reverend Robert Hare, the drawing-room
on the south side and the room over added by his nephew, Archdeacon Julius
Hare, in 1833. Two storeys. Four windows. Stuccoed. Hipped slate roof.
Glazing bars intact. Wide rusticated doorway with segmental fanlight, side
lights and double doors of 6 fielded panels. Domed conservatory in the
angle of the L. Part of the childhood of Augustus John Cuthbert Hare (1834-1903)
(nephew of Archdeacon Hare) the author, water colour artist, book and art
collector was spent here.

Listing NGR: TQ6262312017

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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