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Sutton Park, Sutton-on-the-Forest

Description: Sutton Park

Grade: I
Date Listed: 28 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 440945

OS Grid Reference: SE5830364558
OS Grid Coordinates: 458303, 464558
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0737, -1.1105

Location: Main Street, Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire YO61 1DP

Locality: Sutton-on-the-Forest
Local Authority: Hambleton District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO61 1DP

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There is also a scheduled monument, Icehouse 75m North West of Sutton Hall, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

(south side, off)

6/10 Sutton Park (formerly
listed as Sutton Hall)


Country house. 1730-40, altered by Thomas Atkinson for Phillip Harland.
Pinkish brick in Flemish bond with ashlar dressings; slate roof. Double pile
plan. 3 storeys with cellar and attic, 5 bays with single-storey 3-bay wings
linking main range to 2-storey, 2-bay partitions. In Palladian style. Entrance
(north) front: main range: plinth band; ground and lst-floor sill bands; 1st
floor platt band; modillion-corniced pediment. Central entrance: flight of
iron-balustraded stone steps up to panelled double door, top 4 panels now
glazed; fanlight with radial glazing bars; keyed archivolt; classical architrave
with attached Tuscan columns and full entablature. Windows are sashes with
glazing bars and 9-pane unequally-hung sashes to 2nd floor, all with flat,
gauged brick arches. Oculus with glazing bars to pediment. Lateral brick
stacks. Wings, probably added mid C18: curved: each has central door of 6
raised and fielded panels under fanlight with radial glazing bars, that to right
wing painted; similar painted fanlights to flanking sashes with glazing bars;
all openings under round brick arches; eaves band and balustrade, band continued
from main-range platt band and continuing across pavilions as lst-floor sill
band. Pavilions: bands and pediments as main range; sashes with glazing bars to
ground floor, 6-pane sashes above, those of right pavilion painted; very large
(kitchen) ridge stack to left pavilion. On left, tall brick wall projects
forward masking service wing. Garden (south) front: similar to north front, but
more imposing having: central flight of stone steps sweeping up to full-height
15-pane sashe in architrave with attached Ionic columns, pulvinated frieze,
dentilled cornice and blocking course linking it to blind balustraded apron
panel of window above which has swept-shoulded, console-pedimented architrave.
Partially-concealed basement windows; tall 15-pane sashes to ground floor; 1st
and 2nd-floor windows as north front; lunette to pediment. Wings: round-arched
sashes with glazing bars in stone-imposted, round-arched recess, right wing
having central door and lead downpipe with boar's head to rainwater head. Pavi-
lions as north front, but with large Venetian windows to ground floor. Tall
brick wall extends to either side, on left with round-arched gateway and ramping
down before returning a short way; on right with painted window, added C20
conservatory (not of special interest), and ramping down to conceal service
range and continue at lower level with butresses. Interior: very finely-
detailed contemporary interiors, including work by Cortese and Flitcroft; some
of the features imported and some of the fireplaces from Normanby Park,
Scunthorpe (house by Smirke, 1825-30). Six-panel mahogany doors, in architraves
with decorated friezes above, elaborate panelling and cornices throughout.
Entrance hall: chequered marble floor; fluted Composite columns with elaborate
cornices; decorative plasterwork by Cortese to ceiling. Leading off hall, on
left is small panelled room and on right small room with marble fireplace
flanked by arched alcoves. Library (to rear centre): moulded chair rail and
architraves; good imported marble fireplace with pilasters, double-ogee head and
putti to keyblock; elaborate modillion cornice, rococco ceiling by Cortese with
flower and fruit motifs. Morning room (to rear left): elaborate imported
panelling by Flitcroft with fluted Ionic capitals supporting heavily-detailed
cornice; decorative fireplace; eared architraves to picture panels with pulvi-
nated bay leaf friezes and egg and dart cornices. Chinese Room (to rear right):
Venetian window with acanthus-leaf capitals to fluted columns. Chinese wall-
paper (of 1750-70 restored); elaborate ceiling cornice with palmettes and
acanthus leaves; central rose oval to ceiling; elaborate, imported, marble fire-
place with fluted Ionic pilasters, swags and paterae and urns to frieze;
original fireplace, now in the late-C20 dining room has elaborate architrave
with fluted Ionic columns paterae and swags to frieze, modillion cornice and
swan-neck pediment on further columns. Stair: wooden, dog-leg open-string, with
panelled soffits to treads, turned balusters on gadrooned bases (2 per tread),
elaborate newel and spiral curtail to handrail; landing has tripartite window
with lion's head below, cartouche above, swags and corbels; decorative coved
ceiling with elaborate light fitting. 1st floor: raised and fielded panelling
and moulded cornice to front right room; good basket-grate fireplace and modil-
lion cornice to rear left room. Good closed-string dog-leg stair up to attic
which has Elizabethan panelling in one room, probably reused from the
Elizabethan house which preceded the present house. N Pevsner, 'The Buildings
of England: Yorkshire, The North Riding (1966) Sutton Park.

Listing NGR: SE5830364558

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Source: English Heritage

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