Description: Thornton Watlass Hall and Attached Stable Block
Date Listed: 5 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 333616
OS Grid Reference: SE2353586018
OS Grid Coordinates: 423535, 486018
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2693, -1.6401
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3/106 Thornton Watlass Hall and
attached Stable Block (formerly
5.5.52 listed under Thornton Watlass
Large house and attached stable block. South front added 1727 with wings to
both sides in half H plan of early C16 origin. Long stable wing set back to
right mostly 2 storeys, 7 bays. Bays 1 and 2 and 6 and 7 of 3 storeys,
gabled and breaking forward. Central half-glazed door in eared architrave
with keystone and cornice. Windows on ground and 1st floor are sashes with
glazing bars in ashlar surrounds with keystones and cills, that on 1st floor
in centre has a moulded architrave, those to bays 3 and 5 do not have
keystone, 2 dated rainwater heads between bays 2 and 3, and 5 and 6.
Parapet to central 3 bays. Central bay with small frieze and pediment.
Gabled outer bays have 6-pane sashes in stone surrounds with keystones to
2nd floor. Rear: rear of main range has a 2-light mullioned stairwindow.
Gable end of right rear wing has external stack with blind C15 windows to
ground and 1st floors. Left return: 10 bays, 2 storeys. Half-glazed door
with overlight to bay 9 . All windows are sashes with glazing bars, ashlar
surrounds and cills. Bays 3 and 4 break forward with shaped gable above.
Stone finials to each side. Large external stack between bays 9 and 10.
Stone band with parapet and cornice, small triangular open pediments between
bays 1 and 2 and above bay 7. Stable wing: side-sliding sashes, sashes and
later casements in the openings. Principal features of this wing are: a
clock in a gabled dormer to left of centre with shaped kneelers and stone
coping surmounted by octagonal bellcote with dome and finial. To right of
this a small side-sliding sash to 1st floor in a large-round headed Gibbs
surround. End and ridge stacks. Interior: mainly early C18. Some early
C17 panelling to upstairs rooms. The staircase balusters early C18 in style
are supposed to come from West Tanfield Church. Carved panelling of
staircase said to be the work of a mid C19 gamekeeper.
Listing NGR: SE2353586018
Source: English Heritage
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