Brodsworth Hall

15 Aug 2002
Brodsworth Hall, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/31 Brodsworth Hall 5.6.68


Country house. 1861-63. By Chevalier Casentini of Lucca, Italy for Charles Thellusson. Executive architect: Philip Wilkinson of London. Ashlar limestone, lead and slate roofs. 2-storey rectangular range having 9-bay entrance front and 13-bay garden front on left return; lower, double service wing set back on right return. Italianate style. Entrance front: rusticated ground floor, projecting quoins above. Transomed casements with roller shutters to ground floor; deep lst-floor band with 2-pane sashes above. Central 3 bays break forward and have tetrastyle porte-cochere with its columns now partly encased in concrete.

Double door within has fanlight; side niches with lamp brackets have flanking pilasters. Balustrade with finialled urns. Central, lst-floor opening has architrave and pediment. Bays 2 and 7 have aprons, architraves and segmental pediments, plain reveals to other bays. Modillioned eaves cornice with balustrade having terracotta balusters and urns. solid parapet above central bays steps up and has sunken panel and cornice. Service wing set back to right has sashes with glazing bars and lst-floor band; cornice with blocking course; hipped roof with corniced, ashlar ridge stacks. Rear: 7 unarticulated bays. As front with flat- arched openings to ground floor, architraves and cornices to lst-floor openings, the central lst-floor window with pediment. Garden front on left return: 1:4:3:4:1 bays. As front, having central entrance feature with heavy architrave and cornice breaking forward over consoles; corniced panel above with urns. 4-bay sections break forward and have plain-ashlar walling with Gibbs surrounds, moulded string courses and cornices. 1st floor: architraved surrounds to all bays, central bays with pediments, end bays with segmental pediments, otherwise cornices.

Balustrade with panelled parapets over 4-bay projections.

Interior: remarkable original scheme of decoration and furnishing survives intact.

Scagliola columns to south hall and to screen of entrance hall. Original wallpapers and damask coverings remain. Principal corridor ends in a mirrored arcade with - bas-relief panels and is truncated by a painted-glass panel inserted by Philip Wilkinson. C18 work surviving from the old Brodsworth Hall includes-some panelled doors and fireplaces in the south hall and adjacent dining room.

Built from the proceeds of the controversial will of Peter Thellusson who died in 1797 but aimed to control his estate beyond the grave by leaving 700,000 with its accumulated interest to be inherited by the eldest great grandson following the deaths of all intermediate lineal male descendants. The history and interior of the house are described and illustrated at length elsewhere (Girouard, 1963 and 1971).

Mark Girouard, 'Brodsworth Hall': Yorkshire', Country Life, Oct 3, 1963, pp803-807 and Oct 10, 1963, pp876-879.

Mark Girouard, The Victorian Country House, 1979, pp236-242 .

Listing NGR: SE5059507044


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0669 IOE Records taken by Paul Eggleston; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Paul Eggleston. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Eggleston, Paul

Rights Holder: Eggleston, Paul


Ashlar, Lead, Limestone, Slate, Victorian Counting House, Domestic, House, Dwelling, Service Wing