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Stockton House, Stockton

Description: Stockton House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 July 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 313617

OS Grid Reference: ST9769638675
OS Grid Coordinates: 397696, 138675
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1473, -2.0343

Location: Stockton, Wiltshire BA12 0SQ

Locality: Stockton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 0SQ

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Listing Text

ST 93 NE
(south side)
7/143 Stockton House

Country house. 1580s for John Topp, altered 1802 by Jeffry
Wyattville, restored and altered by Benjamin and B.J. Ferrey,
1877-82. Banded limestone ashlar and flint, tiled gabled roofs
with coped verges and stone stacks. Two-storey and attic, 5-
window north west front. Three-storey porch to right of centre;
round-arched opening and Tuscan order with urns to ground floor, 4-
light mullioned and transomed window to first, 3-light mullioned
casement to attic, strapwork cresting and obelisk pinnacles, 3-
light and 4-light mullioned and transomed casement either side of
porch to ground and first floors, lintel string courses, two attic
gables left and right with 3-light mullioned casements with
hoodmoulds. Right return has central Tuscan porch, possibly early
C19 with double half-glazed inner doors, 4-light mullioned and
transomed casement either side, three to first floor and three
attic gables with 3-light mullioned casements with hoodmoulds.
Rear has four 4-light mullioned and transomed casements to ground
and first floors, four attic gables with 3-light mullioned
casements; all mullioned and transomed windows have ovolo moulds
and attic windows are hollow-moulded. Lead rainwater goods dated
1879. Two-storey 1870s rear service and nursery wing with banded
masonry as main house, mullioned casements, parapet with strapwork
panels, tower on north side with strapwork cresting and finials.
Left return of main house, overlooking service court, has 5-light
and 4-light mullioned and transomed windows, ledged door, two attic
gables with 3-light ovolo or hollow-mullioned casements.
Interior: house retains some exceptional late C16 plaster
ceilings, carved fireplaces and panelling. Entrance hall on south
west side remodelled by J. Wyattville 1802; stairs rise up in two
arms, cross hall on bridge and divide again into two, cast-iron
balusters and wreathed moulded handrails, reeded door architraves
with paterae. Outer hall on north west side altered since 1905,
now contains reset French stone fireplace, reset Tudor-arched oak
doorways. Dining room in west corner has Tudor-arched stone
fireplace. White Drawing Room in south corner has plaster ceiling
with curvilinear thin ribs, strapwork frieze with initials I M and
wainscot panelling and one niche, fine stone fireplace with
columns, square surround, strapwork friezes and overmantel with
heraldic arms. First floor: music room over main entrance has
rich plaster ceiling with flat ribs and fruit, animals and flowers,
wainscot panelling with Corinthian pilasters and scrolled frieze,
stone fireplace with coupled columns and richly-carved overmantel,
reset doorway with ornate carving at south end. South bedroom has
ribbed ceiling with floral motifs, wainscot panelling and Ionic
fireplace. Sitting room on east side has good plaster ceiling
with pendant, panelling, unusual fireplace with caryatids,
strapwork and overmantel with cartouche depicting Daniel Ch.3 v.25
and two figures. Bedroom in east corner has ribbed plaster
ceiling, Tudor-arched fireplace, carved wooden overmantel, full
panelling with guilloche frieze, door with cock's head hinges.
Large bedroom on north side has curvilinear-ribbed plaster ceiling
with initials ER and royal arms, Tuscan stone fireplace with
overmantel with strapwork cartouche of arms of James I and
caryatids. North-west bedroom has early C19 marble and pine
fireplace with egg and dart surround, 6-panelled doors. 1870s
nursery wing has 6-panelled doors and tiled and cast-iron
fireplaces. C17 Chapel range attached to left of entrance front
in chequered flint and stone, three 2-light mullioned windows with
arched lights and one 2-light ovolo-mullioned casement, 2-storey
bay to right with semi-circular gable, rear facing stable court has
three; mullioned casements with arched lights, oval gable end
window; interior not inspected. A fine example of a Wiltshire
Elizabethan house with especially good interior.
(Country Life, Oct.21, 1905; N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England,
Wiltshire, 1975; The Builder, 1882)

Listing NGR: ST9768838674

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Source: English Heritage

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