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Swarcliffe Hall Now Grosvenor House School, Birstwith

Description: Swarcliffe Hall Now Grosvenor House School

Grade: II
Date Listed: 3 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 331154

OS Grid Reference: SE2354659407
OS Grid Coordinates: 423546, 459407
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0301, -1.6420

Location: Back Road, Birstwith, North Yorkshire HG3 2JG

Locality: Birstwith
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG3 2JG

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Listing Text

SE 25 NW (west side, off)

14/26 Swarcliffe Hall, now
Grosvenor House School


Country house (Swarcliffe Hall) now school. 1848-50 by Major Rhode Hawkins
for John Greenwood of Knowle near Keighley, enlarged 1866-67. Coursed
squared gritstone and ashlar, graduated grey slate roofs. Original square
house of 2 storeys and 3 bays, facing east, with larger additional wing
attached to north with, to rear, a 4-storey tower which in turn has a lower
2-storey service wing attached to north. In a Jacobethan style: Tudor arch
and hoodmould to main door in original range, bay 2, flanked by projecting
gabled wings with oriel and mullion-and-transom windows with hoodmoulds;
continuous dripmoulds, gable copings, ball finials and tall chimneys with 1,
2 and 3 flues. Addition, projecting forward on right, in same style. Rear,
west courtyard: date 1850 carved above entrance to original range. Right
return: tower with corner pinnacles and a turret. Interior: original
reception rooms remain: rear hall with elaborately carved wooden fire
surround in Jacobean style, and panelled plaster ceiling; staircase rising
from hall has square-section balusters linked by arches; south-east living
room has marble fireplaces and patterned tiles. J G Greenwood was a cotton
spinner at Keighley and, having bought the Wreaks Mill, Birstwith, in 1805
became a major landowner in the area. B Jennings, A History of Nidderdale,
1967, p 227.

Listing NGR: SE2354659407

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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