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Acton House and House at Rear

A Grade II* Listed Building in Felton, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.3186 / 55°19'6"N

Longitude: -1.7011 / 1°42'4"W

OS Eastings: 419064

OS Northings: 602760

OS Grid: NU190027

Mapcode National: GBR J6KY.H8

Mapcode Global: WHC1Y.VL32

Entry Name: Acton House and House at Rear

Listing Date: 31 December 1969

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1041872

English Heritage Legacy ID: 236767

Location: Felton, Northumberland, NE65

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Felton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Felton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Listing Text

FELTON ACTON
NU 10 SE
6/98 Acton House and
house at rear
31/13/69

GV II*

Country house, c.1781. Attributed to William Newton, for Robert Lisle,
incorporating early C18 house at rear. Rear wing now a separate dwelling.
Early C18 part largely demolished c.1920. Main part tooled ashlar; rear wing
squared tooled stone except for south part of west wall which is brick in
English Garden Wall Bond 1 and 4. Graduated Lakeland slate roof with stacks
rebuilt in brick on old bases.

South front 2 storeys, 2 + 3 + 2 bays. Plinth; 1st floor and sill bands. 5
broad steps with moulded nosing in front of centrepiece with panelled giant
Ionic pilasters, fluted frieze and modillioned pediment. Central old half-
glazed door with side-lights, fluted capitals, frieze and archivolt, all
enclosed under round arch. 12-pane sash windows. Side parts have similar
fenestration, and moulded eaves cornice. Hipped roof with 2 ridge stacks.

Similar 4-bay returns. On right of right return is lower 2-bay rear wing;
left bay shows keyed Venetian window and two 12-pane sashes; parapet
with pediment-shaped centre. Slightly-projecting right bay with renewed
12-pane sashes is part of early C18 house.

Rear elevation shows Venetian stair window with radial-headed 20-pane sash;
wing to left shows two 4-pane sashes under 4-centred arches and Venetian
window on brick part of inner return. Stone end bay is early C20 rebuild,
with sash windows in re-set early C18 architraves.

Largely contemporary interior. Entrance Hall has fireplace with radial
hearth, and fluted frieze. Drawing Room has C20 replacement marble fireplace; chair rail; carved architraves and doorheads; palette frieze. Morning Room shows similar decoration: carved wood fireplace with sphinxes, and fluted frieze with egg-and-dart cornice. Dining Room has C20 replacement marble fireplace, flat plaster panelling above dado rail, and frieze and overdoors with fluting
and paterae. Present kitchen has fluted frieze. Cellars with brick barrel
vaults and wine bins. Roman Doric screen at foot of Imperial stair with iron
stick balusters and ramped handrail; Ionic stairhead screen. Bedrooms have
carved wood fireplaces, chair rails and cornices.

Attached outbuildings to rear are early C18 but much altered in early C20,
and are not of special interest.


Listing NGR: NU1906402760

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