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Skeffington Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Skeffington, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6165 / 52°36'59"N

Longitude: -0.9057 / 0°54'20"W

OS Eastings: 474183

OS Northings: 302640

OS Grid: SK741026

Mapcode National: GBR BQL.ZTH

Mapcode Global: WHFKS.1HZH

Entry Name: Skeffington Hall

Listing Date: 19 October 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1074875

English Heritage Legacy ID: 190615

Location: Skeffington, Harborough, Leicestershire, LE7

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

Civil Parish: Skeffington

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Skeffington St Thomas Becket

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

SKEFFINGTON

SK 70 SW MAIN STREET (North Side)

4/87 Skeffington Hall

19.10.51

GV II*

Large House, now divided into 2 residences. Circa 1450, extended c1530 and
again in early or mid Cl7 Largely coursed ironstone rubble with white limestone
ashlar dressings. Swithland slate roofs. 2 storeyed with attics. H-plan, the
oldest part forming the south wing. Main front represents the C17 building,
8-bays, with outer coped gables, each with 2 2-light mullioned and transomed
windows on each floor. Central doorway in projecting balustraded porch, the
architrave with fluted shafts, and consoles supporting a scrolly open pediment.
1 2-light mullioned and transomed window each side of it on the ground floor,
and to the left an additional pair of windows lighting the stairs. Over the
porch a canted oriel bay window with mullioned and transomed lights. All windows
have ovolo mouldings. Embattled parapet runs between the 2 gables with paired
string-courses continuous across the facade at parapet level. 3 dormers in
the roof. South front in 3 distinct parts. To the right the return wall of
the Cl7 front range, with 2 2-light mullioned and transomed windows on each
floor, embattled parapet above. Projecting slightly to the left of this is
a block of c1530 in white ashlar work. It represents a full height squared
bay, now built up against its west side and with blind tracery panels in its
east wall, but the main front contains paired 3-light mullioned and transomed
windows, square headed below, scallopped above, contained in an overall composition
with blank traceried panels with shields between them, and projecting string-course
with flag-staff holders above. Embattled parapets and 2 dormers. 2 bays to
the left are of ironstone, finely coursed, and of uncertain date, but the
3-light mullioned and transomed windows are Victorian insertions. To the rear
of this range is the earliest part of the building, a full height canted bay
window with depressed 4-centred arched windows below and true 4-centred arched
lights above, with ornately moulded architraves. Embattled parapet and low
chamfered sills. This represents the bay at the dais end of a hall house.
Right of this and of later date 2 bays with a new single light on each floor
to left, and a Palladian window on each floor beyond, possibly removed from
south elevation in C19. Rear of main range has chamfered 4-centred C16 or
early Cl7 doorway to right with original oak panelled door, and full height
Victorian canted bay window with mullioned and transomed lights. Embattled
parapet and string-course across the entire facade. Gable and axial stacks.
Inside, intricately wrought wood Tudor chimney piece, with grotesque figures
etc., in main hall but probably re-sited from another room. 4-centred arched
stone fireplace with Charles I fireback in another room. Victorian drawing
room panelled in Cl7 or C18 style with some armorial glass.


Listing NGR: SK7418302640

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