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The Grandstand, Cuttle and Gate 200 Metres North of Swarkestone Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Swarkestone, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 52.8537 / 52°51'13"N

Longitude: -1.4448 / 1°26'41"W

OS Eastings: 437484

OS Northings: 328614

OS Grid: SK374286

Mapcode National: GBR 6FW.1JX

Mapcode Global: WHDH6.SJ6M

Entry Name: The Grandstand, Cuttle and Gate 200 Metres North of Swarkestone Hall

Listing Date: 10 November 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1088345

English Heritage Legacy ID: 83227

Location: Swarkestone, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, DE73

County: Derbyshire

District: South Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Swarkestone

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Swarkestone St James

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

3/241 (South Side)
10.11.67 The Grandstand, Cuttle
and Gate 200 metres
north of
Swarkestone Hall
Bowling green, pavilion and enclosure, now a Landmark Trust
property. c1630, built for the Harpurs of Swarkestone Hall and
attributed to John Smythson. Restored in early C19 and
converted 1985. Ashlar with rendered stone and raised quoins to
side and rear elevations, plus first and second floor
stringcourses. Towers have domed ogival leaded roofs with ball
finials and coved eaves cornices, whilst centre bay has
embattled parapets with ridgeback copings hiding a flat roof
which has a very tall octagonal stone chimney, with moulded base
and top, to centre of the rear wall. The pavilion has three
storey towers to either side of an advanced two storey centre
and it stands to the north of an irregular rectangle of walls
with a central gate to southern end. Pavilion has a continuous
entablature-like band to first floor. The advanced centre bay
has a loggia to ground floor with three depressed oqee headed
arches on Tuscan columns with moulded hoods. To either side
there are wide pilasters with central shield decorations to top
with small drop motifs to each side. Above the columns and
pilasters the entablature breaks forward on shield-like corbels,
decorated with Harpur crests. Towers have moulded four-centre
arched doorcases. Above to centre there is a 6-light ovolo
moulded mullion and transomed window with two major mullions and
leaded lights. Each tower has a 2-light cavetto moulded mullion
and transomed window with continuous plain band at lintel level.
Above, the towers have a 2-light recessed and chamfered mullion
window. Rear elevation has single light recessed and chamfered
windows with dripmoulds to towers and a blank wall to centre bay
except for a 2-light basement window. Interior has a moulded
four-centred arched fireplace to first floor room and four-
centred arched doorcases. Remains of unusual gypsum plaster
survives on some walls. Attached to either side of the pavilion
there are rubble stone walls with triangular sectioned ashlar
copings. Southern gateway has a moulded four-centred arch and
coved cornice with embattled parapets over. Girouard suggest
that this is the 'bowle alley house' for which the mason Richard
Shephard was paid £111 12s 4d in 1630-2. Sources: M Girouard
'Robert Smythson' 1966, Country Life 3 Oct 1963, p821, M
Girouard 'Robert Smythson and the Elizabethan Country House'
1983, see also Derbyshire Historic Gardens Register, graded II*.

Listing NGR: SK3748428614

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