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Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
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ST 95255 89175




6/20 Charlton Park House


Former large country house, now divided into 18 separate dwellings. Built c1607 for the Countess of Suffolk, enlarged in 1772-6 by Matthew Brettingham the younger but not completed until early in the C20; converted into apartments by C. Buxton of Period & Country Houses in 1975. Squared and coursed rubble to projecting wings of south front, ashlar to remaining ranges, stone dressings, ashlar strapwork cresting, leaded onion domes to turrets, concrete slate roofs. Jacobean style tower house, quadrangular in plan with corner turrets. Of 1607 the south front and the south section of the west front; of 1772-6 the linking ranges and central saloon built within the original courtyard (date MDCCLXXIV on parapet of north range). E-shaped plan to south front with 3-storey, 1-bay advanced end wings, 4-storey corner turrets in the angle with rear 3-storey, 3-bay range which has an advanced central 2-storey porch on coupled Tuscan Doric columns and an open round-arched entrance giving onto an open round-arched loggia which extends along the width of the facade from turret to turret. Chamfered cross- mullioned fenestration with small pane casements, some with arched central lights; octagonal leaded glazing to oriel window over porch. Metope and strapwork frieze to porch and loggia, moulded string courses to all floors, pierced diaper balcony to porch, gabled strapwork cresting to side wings, central parapet and turrets, tall columnar stacks in groups of 4. East front with 3- storey canted end bays and linking C18 two-storey, 5-bay range with 12-pane sashes and 3 pedimented dormers. North front has projecting end bays and similar C18 linking range with dated cartouche below lion on the parapet. Interior. Of 1607 the Long Gallery over the loggia, inaccessible on resurvey but with fine chimneypiece and plaster ceiling. Of 1772-6 the Saloon with apses to north and south, galleries on Ionic columns to east and west sides and glazed oval dome all in elegant Adam-style stucco decoration. Similar decoration to Drawing Room in north range and further, former reception rooms, now converted, in east wing. Simple staircase in south-east corner of Saloon with wrought iron balustrade. (Unpublished R.C.H.M. report; John Britton, The Beauties of England & Wales, 1814; Country Life, 14 & 21 October 1933; N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, 1975)

Listing NGR: ST9525589175


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Books and journals
Britton, J, The Beauties of England and Wales, (1814)
Pevsner, N , The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1975)
'Country Life' in 21 October, (1933)
'Country Life' in 14 October, (1933)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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