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Charlton Park House, Charlton

Description: Charlton Park House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 12 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 315644

OS Grid Reference: ST9525589175
OS Grid Coordinates: 395255, 189175
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6014, -2.0699

Location: Charlton, Wiltshire SN16 9DG

Locality: Charlton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN16 9DG

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Listing Text



6/20 Charlton Park House


Former large country house, now divided into 18 separate dwellings.
Built c1607 for the Countess of Suffolk, enlarged in 1772-6 by
Matthew Brettingham the younger but not completed until early in
the C20; converted into apartments by C. Buxton of Period &
Country Houses in 1975. Squared and coursed rubble to projecting
wings of south front, ashlar to remaining ranges, stone dressings,
ashlar strapwork cresting, leaded onion domes to turrets, concrete
slate roofs. Jacobean style tower house, quadrangular in plan with
corner turrets. Of 1607 the south front and the south section of
the west front; of 1772-6 the linking ranges and central saloon
built within the original courtyard (date MDCCLXXIV on parapet of
north range). E-shaped plan to south front with 3-storey, 1-bay
advanced end wings, 4-storey corner turrets in the angle with rear
3-storey, 3-bay range which has an advanced central 2-storey porch
on coupled Tuscan Doric columns and an open round-arched entrance
giving onto an open round-arched loggia which extends along the
width of the facade from turret to turret. Chamfered cross-
mullioned fenestration with small pane casements, some with arched
central lights; octagonal leaded glazing to oriel window over
porch. Metope and strapwork frieze to porch and loggia, moulded
string courses to all floors, pierced diaper balcony to porch,
gabled strapwork cresting to side wings, central parapet and
turrets, tall columnar stacks in groups of 4. East front with 3-
storey canted end bays and linking C18 two-storey, 5-bay range with
12-pane sashes and 3 pedimented dormers. North front has
projecting end bays and similar C18 linking range with dated
cartouche below lion on the parapet.
Interior. Of 1607 the Long Gallery over the loggia, inaccessible
on resurvey but with fine chimneypiece and plaster ceiling. Of
1772-6 the Saloon with apses to north and south, galleries on Ionic
columns to east and west sides and glazed oval dome all in elegant
Adam-style stucco decoration. Similar decoration to Drawing Room
in north range and further, former reception rooms, now converted,
in east wing. Simple staircase in south-east corner of Saloon with
wrought iron balustrade.
(Unpublished R.C.H.M. report; John Britton, The Beauties of
England & Wales, 1814; Country Life, 14 & 21 October 1933; N.
Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, 1975)

Listing NGR: ST9525589175

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Source: English Heritage

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