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Belton with Browston
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BELTON BROWSTON LANE TG 40 SE (east side) 7/2 Browston Green Browston Hall Hotel 27.11.54 (formerly listed as Braunston Hall together with Orangery) - II*

House, now hotel. Late C17, rebuilt mid C18, altered C19. Rendered and colourwashed brick. Plain tiled roofs. South block is original, the east and west gables retaining 2 circular windows in heads. Fragments of original kneelers to gable heads. South front is C18 and C19. 2 storeys in 3 bays. Central false doorway in stucco : imitation 6-panel door within moulded eaves and shouldered surround; frieze of foliage trail below dentiled hood supported on scrolled consoles. To left and right are full height canted bays of C19 with plate glass sashes. Over door a further sash window. Egg and dart eaves cornice is C18 over door and machine cut C19 over canted bays. Gabled roof with internal end stacks. Cross wing to north added, or completely remodelled, in mid C18. West side forms entrance to building. 2 storeys and dormer attic in 3 bays. Central panelled door within moulded doorcase and below hood. Windows are C19 plate glass sashes as before. Gabled roof with one gabled dormer. This wing is double piled, the east side exhibiting similar fenestration and 2 gabled dormers. One ridge stack to each roof, eccentrically placed. 2 further ranges abut to north, of C18 origins but much altered C19 and C20. Abutting north-east side of central C18 block is a mid C18 orangery. Rectangular and glazed on eastern sides, with canted corners. Timber framing rises full height containing closely spaced glazing bars. Glazed doorway opens into orangery from south. Hipped roof with black glazed pantiles. Interior. Fine mid C18 open well staircase with one turn to right. Closed string with scrolled tread ends, each tread with 3 bobbin and square turned balusters. Ramped and wreathed handrail. Plaster ceiling above staircase in rectangular panels enclosing central roundel. In roundel an eagle grips the light bracket. Over entrance door is figure of Minerva. Dining room and drawing room now opened into a single bar area. 2 further plaster ceilings, that to west with a central radiating sun. Round the sun is a circular arabesque Rococo trail extending into 4 corners to surround 4 medallions with 4 female heads (the 4 ages of woman). The eastern room ceiling is simpler. A central flying eagle within a Rococo circular trail. This within a square foliate trail with occasional excrescences. In the window bay of the west room an Arcadian scene of figures in C18 dress disporting themselves within several imaginary landscapes. 2 churches and a windmill, trees, a lake and other devices. This scene is suspiciously eclectic : the figures are Fragonardesque, the landscape reminiscent of Japanese prints, the buildings Romantic and the whole neatly fits a C19 canted bay. Remainder of the ceilings by a different hand. The general conception and design of arabesque work is C18. The figures of the women and the eagles appear C19. The-ceilings restored 1970's. All doors are panelled and within shouldered surrounds and panelled reveals.

Listing NGR: TG4997201741


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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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Date: 13 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/02640/17
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Nigel Gallant. Source Historic England Archive
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