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Coleorton Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Coleorton, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.752 / 52°45'7"N

Longitude: -1.4218 / 1°25'18"W

OS Eastings: 439121

OS Northings: 317312

OS Grid: SK391173

Mapcode National: GBR 6H2.FCC

Mapcode Global: WHDHT.4362

Entry Name: Coleorton Hall

Listing Date: 24 November 1965

Last Amended: 17 November 1983

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1361611

English Heritage Legacy ID: 187769

Location: Coleorton, North West Leicestershire, Leicestershire, LE67

County: Leicestershire

District: North West Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Coleorton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Coleorton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

In the entry for

3/2 COLEORTON SAHBY ROAD

Coleorton Hall

The item shall be amended to read

COLEORTON ASHBY ROAD

COLEORTON HALL

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SK 31 NE COLEORTON SAHBY ROAD

3/2 Coleorton Hall
24.11.65
GV II*

Hall, by George Dance the younger, 1804-8 for Sir George Beaumont (7th Baronet)
- 2nd storey added 1862 by F P Cockerell, changing the stripped-down gothic of
the original to a lighter, more picturesque composition. Tooled ashlar. Main
front of 5 bays, assymetrical, with projecting tudor-style porte-cochere with
vaulted ceiling, bearing externally the arms of Beaumont and topped by statue of
a lion. This leads to vaulted porch in canted full height bay. Gothic
windows, ground and 1st floor in blank pointed arches. 2nd storey has sill course
and windows expressed by blank dormers over. Facade further ornamented by pilaster
strips and polygonal turret-like buttresses side and rear elevations symmetrical,
of 3 and 4 bays with 3-light mullion windows with hood-moulds. 2nd floor windows
on brackets. To north of rear elevation a 2 storey embattled bay and projecting
single storey dining room with ornate gable (a later addition). Interior:
entrance lobby opens into central full height polygonal hall, with pointed arched
niches and openings to ground floor, iron railed gallery above, with arcade of
4-centred arches. Top floor has pointed windows with stained glass to lantern.
Beaumont room has ornate painted panelled ceiling, recoloured cl980. Grecian-
style fireplaces and plaster ceilings, survive elsewhere, though partially
concealed by inserted (but removable) partitions.
Coleorton was the seat of the Beaumont family since c1426. This is the 3rd
house on the site. Sir George Beaumont, its builder (1753-1827) was an
important patron of the arts, and a skilled amateur painter in his own right.
Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and Scott were among his friends and Wordsworth
wrote a number of poems here, while Scott began Ivanhoe. Other friends
included Reynolds, Constable, Wilkie and Lawrence. Sir George was an art-
collector of some importance, instrumental in founding the National Gallery,
the gift of his own collection formed an important nucleus for it. The
house is now offices for the National Coal Board.

The well-wooded background was 'improved' with the help of Uvedale Price,
and the setting of the hall embodies many elements of the picturesque.
Open on garden front, to command a 'prospect', with terraces adorned with
Grecian urns. The winter garden was formed in an old quarry with high
retaining walls, to designs of Wordsworth (who wrote to Sir George that he
could see "nothing which true taste can approve, in any interference with
nature").


Listing NGR: SK3912117312

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