Description: Wadworth Hall and Attached Wing Walls
Date Listed: 5 June 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 334843
OS Grid Reference: SK5671197258
OS Grid Coordinates: 456711, 397258
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4690, -1.1471
5/69 Wadworth Hall and
5.6.68 attached wing walls
(formerly listed as
Wadworth with linked
garden and forecourt
Large house with attached wing walls, now offices. c1750 with early C19
service wing. By James Paine for Josias Wordsworth. Ashlar magnesian
limestone, Westmorland slate roof. Double-pile plan with 3 symmetrical
elevations. 2 storeys with attics, 4x3 bays with later 2-storey, 3-bay
service wing on right and wing walls attached to each corner. Entrance
front: central 6-panel door in architrave with double keystone breaking into
consoled pediment; tall plinth forms sill to flanking sashes with glazing
bars in corniced architraves. Outer bays have swept-shouldered surrounds to
architraves of similar sashes beneath segmental pediments. ist floor: sill
band; central semi-domed niche with shouldered architrave and moulded impost
to archivolt with scrolled keystone; architraved sashes with glazing bars to
each side have pulvinated friezes and cornices continued from niche impost.
Outer bays have sashes as centre but with shouldered architraves.
Modillioned cornice. 3 dormer windows with unequally-hung 12-pane sashes
beneath segmental pediments. Hipped roof with ashlar stacks to rear of
ridge. C19 wing on right has sashes with glazing bars and blind window to
lst-floor centre; hipped end to roof on right. Wing wall to right: plinth
continues from house around shaped wall having 6-panel door flanked by piers
on left of a quadrant curve with domed niche; heavy copings with ball-final
plinths. Left wing wall is similar but with open gate leading to left
return. Rear: central canted-bay projection with tall round-headed sash with
glazing bars in swept-shouldered surround to architrave, consoled pediment;
canted sides have unequally-hung 15-pane sashes in architraves beneath
floating cornices. Side bays each have pedimented sash. 1st-floor: sill
band links corniced sashes with glazing bars; central sash set beneath a
blind Diocletian opening. Wing walls similar to those at front but with
their doorways surmounted by rusticated arches with keystones beneath
pediments. Left return: central double doors beneath consoled cornice. 1st
floor: balustrade across recess with Ionic Venetian stair window.
Interior: entrance hall has Vitruvian-scroll dado rail; side-wall fireplace
with tapered columns having drops from lions' heads, egg-and-dart surround,
Vitruvian-scroll frieze and cornice with pediment; Rococo panel over has
elongated cornucopiae. Opposite fireplace an architraved wall panel with
cornice. Enriched 6-panel doors; that to former dining room in doorcase with
oak-leaf frieze and consoled cornice; 4 other doors have eared and round-
headed architraves. Stair hall, off to left, has cantilevered wooden
staircase with wrought-iron balustrade of acanthus scrolls, wooden handrail;
corniced plaster wall panels with egg-and-dart enriched architraves and swags
of flowers and fruit; excellent Rococo ceiling with oval centre panel.
Former dining room, to rear centre, has doorcase frieze carved with exotic
fruit; fine marble fireplace similar to hall but with carved centre panel.
Adjacent room also has excellent doorcases and fireplace.
M. Girouard, 'Wadworth Hall, Yorkshire', Country Life, Sept.1,1966,
Listing NGR: SK5671197258
Source: English Heritage
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