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Description: Lackham House
Date Listed: 7 January 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 315549
OS Grid Reference: ST9228470182
OS Grid Coordinates: 392284, 170182
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4306, -2.1124
ST 97 SW
1/114 Lackham House
Country house, now agricultural college, 1791-6 for James Montagu,
ashlar with low pitched slate valley roofs and ashlar end stacks.
Formal 3-storey Palladian style mansion, square plan with low
parallel wings each side linked by screen walls to main range.
Garden front of 2-3-2 windows with slightly projected pedimented
centre and balustraded parapet each side. Ground floor, possibly
altered, has plain tall French windows and high 8-column Roman
Doric loggia with balustraded balcony. First floor pedimented sash
windows in architraves with moulded sill course, moulded band over
and attic casements in square openings. Modillion cornice. Rear,
entrance, facade is much plainer, 2-2-2 windows with walling of
square rubble up to attic, which is ashlar faced. Moulded cornice
and parapet. Ground floor has boldly detailed free Baroque style
enclosed porch of c1900 in ashlar with typical blocked columns and
pilasters, deep semi-circular hood and Arts and Crafts style iron
lamps. Link walls each side of main fronts have moulded cornice
and balustrade. Parallel wings have end walls treated as
decorative pavilions with 3-bay fronts, the centres advanced with
pediments applied against pedimental gables, the narrow side bays
with parapets. Centre ground floor tripartite window with 12-pane
sash each side, first floor sill-course under centre lunette with
oval light to side bays. East side of east wing has plain 2-storey
elevation of 2-light beaded mullion windows. West side of west
wing is former coach-house and stable with projecting pedimented
centre of 2 lunettes over 2 blocked coach entries. Ridge cupola.
Attractive pedimented dormers, possibly of c1900, each side.
Ground floor mostly obscured, but, to left, 2 lunettes and centre
Interior: much fielded panelling to hall and spine corridors.
Ground floor north-west room has Adam style decoration and fine
plaster ceiling. Open well stair with turned balusters and
panelled dado. Original panelled doors. In west service court, a
billiard room with top-lit coved ceiling and vine tendril Arts and
Crafts style plasterwork of c1900. Lackham was owned by the
Baynard family from the C14 to 1636 when it passed to the Montagu
family. The medieval house was demolished by James Montagu V in
1791. The alterations of c1900 were carried out for G.L. Palmer.
(Wiltshire Notes and Queries, 3, 1899)
Listing NGR: ST9228470182
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Source: English Heritage
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