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Description: Bilton Hall
Date Listed: 30 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 331713
OS Grid Reference: SE4728250100
OS Grid Coordinates: 447282, 450100
Latitude/Longitude: 53.9449, -1.2811
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SE 45 SE BILTON IN AINSTY YORK ROAD
(south side, off)
4/12 Bilton Hall
Small country house. Early-mid C18 with extensions and alterations c1865.
Rendering lined in imitation of ashlar over limestone and brick, graduated
slate roof. 2 storeys, 5 bays. South front: plinth; central 4-panel door
with traceried fanlight in a Doric doorcase with detached fluted columns
supporting a triglyphed frieze with paterae and dentilled pediment. 2-pane
sashes throughout; round-arched window above entrance. Modillioned eaves
cornice. Hipped roof. Stacks to left and right. Left return, (garden
front): 3 canted bay windows, each with 2-pane sashes to each side on both
floors; fine lead downpipe with fluted reservoir and lion badge on brackets
to far left and right. Right return: deep moulded plinth to left 3 bays;
central panelled door below fanlight with intersecting glazing bars in
pedimented doorcase; 7 sashes as entrance front, those to right of door
slightly narrower. Downpipes as south front. The north wing added c1865.
Interior: the main entrance opens into a large hall with flanking principal
rooms with C19 stone fireplaces. The inner hall contains a large 2-flight
staircase with barley-sugar balusters and ramped handrail; the stair well is
lit by a glazed ceiling and lantern above. The north entrance opens into a
narrow passage linking the doorway to the main hall. To right of the
entrance the kitchen contains a large C18 fireplace with sawn-stone surround
and flanking recesses; to rear of the kitchen a corridor links the main hall
to the service stair and small service rooms. The service stair is mid C18,
of 2 straight flights with finely turned knopped column-and-vase balusters.
The garden range has C19 fireplaces and 4-panel doors; the room to far left
is a former estate office, with corner fireplace and access to a rear
service entrance. The centre room has a large stone bolection-moulded
fireplace. A brick barrel vault cellar with stone floor lies beneath this
range. Bilton Hall was owned by the Snawsell family who sold it to Mr
Iveson of Leeds c1700. Later in the C18 it was the property of the Plumer
family. A copy of a painting dated 1792 in the posession of the current
owners depicts the Plumer family in the grounds, with views across the lake
of the south and east sides. The square building was either of ashlar or
was rendered as now; the doors had narrow pedimented doorcases and the
windows were set in probably stone architraves typical of the period. The
C19 work involved the removal of the architraves and insertion of larger
windows, as well as the construction of large bays to the south side. Such
extensive alterations would have made the rendering very necessary. The
large staircase hall may have been built into a rear courtyard. W V Crapp,
Some historical notes on the parish and Church of St Helens, Bilton in
Ainsty, 1973, p 7. J Hutchinson, 'Bilton Hall', York Georgian Society
Annual Report, 1984, p 36.
Listing NGR: SE4728250100
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