Description: Swinton Castle
Date Listed: 9 August 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 325101
OS Grid Reference: SE2118579724
OS Grid Coordinates: 421185, 479724
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2128, -1.6766
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SE 27 NW SWINTON WITH WARTHERMARSKE SWINTON PARK
6/109 Swinton Castle (formerly
listed as Swinton Park)
Country house. Of several C18 and C19 builds with work by John Carr, James
Wyatt, John Foss and Robert Lugar. Ashlar with graduated stone slate roofs.
Plan: east range with north wing set back on right and south wing to rear
left. 2 and 3 storeys. East front: early C18 in origin, 3 storeys, 5 bays,
left-hand bay 2 storeys, octagonal towers to each end with castellated
parapets. Bay 2 has 4-storey round tower in front of projecting bay and
with porte-cochere with 1/2-glazed double door, round-headed sashes above, and
machicolated embattled parapet. Bay 1 has tall 3-light mullioned window
with round-headed sashes and hood-mould; bay 4 has similar window of 4-
lights. First and second floors: bays 1 and 4 have 2-light mullioned
windows with sashes, bays 3 and 5 have narrow 8-pane sashes. All windows
have hood-moulds. Embattled parapets, hipped roofs. To right, set back,
north wing: 3 storeys, 12 bays. Central 6-panel door with fanlight flanked
by sashes with fanlights. Central 3 bays break forward with octagonal
towers to each side. Round tower to right of block with embattled parapet.
Sashes with glazing bars to either side in blind arcades. First floor:
sashes with glazing bars. Second floor: band. Sashes with glazing bars and
hood-moulds. Embattled parapet. Hipped roof, ridge stacks. Left return:
central 3-storey portion of 9 bays, central 3 bays bowed, 2-storey single
bay projecting on left and 2-storey, 3-bay end of east range projecting on
right. Left- and right-hand projections have octagonal corner towers and
mullioned sashes. Central portion has 24-pane sashes to ground-floor
windows with unequally-hung 12-pane sashes to first floor, band and sashes
with glazing bars to second floor. Embattled parapet. Interior: the south
range has large drawing room by James Wyatt 1793 with fine neo-classical
plasterwork and chimneypiece. More restrained rooms to either side also by
Wyatt. First floor has panelled room by John Carr with full length fluted
pilasters. Rear wing has a large late C19 open-well staircase of 3 storeys.
For further details see J Cornforth, 'Swinton, Yorkshire, I, II, III',
Country Life, April 7, 14 and 21, 1966 (pp 788-792, 871-875 and 943-948).
Listing NGR: SE2118579724
Source: English Heritage
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