Heritage Category: Listed Building
List Entry Number: 1055027
Date first listed: 01-Dec-1951
Statutory Address: HAMPTON HALL
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Statutory Address: HAMPTON HALL
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish: Worthen with Shelve
National Grid Reference: SJ 31026 05618
WORTHEN C.P. -
SJ 30 NW
2/87 Hampton Hall - 1.12.51 GV II*
Country house. 1681-86 for Henry Powell, possibly incorporating parts of and earlier house, altered 1749 for Edward Herbert; later additions and alterations include range of 1938 set back to rear on left. Red brick (left wing with thin bricks of mixed English and Flemish bonds); slate roofs with crow-stepped gable ends to centre section and hipped to projecting wings. Late C17 house comprised central rectangular section with projecting wings to left and right; although left may in fact be a rebuilding of an earlier structure. Central section: apparently of 3 storeys over semi-basement but actually only of 2 to left of entrance, partly rebuilt brick parapet with dentilled capping conceals roof. 7 windows; flush-framed 8-paned glazing bar sashes with gauged heads, those to ground floor are taller: second tier of windows consists of pairs of roundels to left and right with 3 blind rectangular openings to centre; 2 roundels to left are dummies while that on right has had its original thick glazing bars replaced; semi- basement has 4 small segmental-headed windows, 2 to left of entrance blind. Central entrance; sandstone ashlar porch, approached by straight flight of 12 steps, has round-headed open arches to front and sides with shaped pediment broken by Herbert coat-of-arms: dated 1749 with numbers "17" inscribed to left of keystone of front arch and "49" to right; 8-panel double inner doors. Left wing: projecting brick plinth has slate capping and may represent part of an earlier building; date 1686 in large sandstone numbers to left and right of second-floor windows with letters "H P" picked out in brick to centre, refers to completion of late C17 house. 2 storeys over semi-basement, moulded wooden eaves cornice and continuous floor band; 2 windows, flush-framed 8-paned glazing bar sashes with gauged heads to both floors, segmental-headed openings to semi-basement partly infilled and with later windows inserted. Left return has 3 glazing bar sashes on each floor, 2 to left and one to right of integral brick stack, which has recessed rectangular panel with curious cracker-shaped relief and dentilled band at eaves level; slate-hung hip-roofed dormers to left and right. Right return has blocked windows on each floor in angle with centre section. Right wing; probably slightly later than centre section (see straight joint) and built to balance existing left wing: 2 storeys over semi-basement with moulded eaves cornice and floor band as on left wing; 2 glazing bar sashes on each floor with segmental-headed windows to semi-basement as in centre section. Right return has 3 segmental-headed windows with mixture of mid-C19 sashes and casements on each floor and narrow late C20 casement inserted on first floor; slate-hung hip-roofed dormers in roof slope, one to left and 3 to right of tall integral lateral stack with blind openings on each floor within shaft; integral end stack to right. Most prominent feature is 2-storey bow added to far left c.1749. Red brick with sandstone ashlar dressings. Moulded cornice with coped brick parapet surmounted by stone eagle with outspread wings; Venetian window on first floor with Ionic capitals and original thick glazing bars; stone floor band and plain pedimented stone doorcase with 4-panel door approached by flight of 5 semi-circular steps; half- glazed door to right and brick mounting block. Tall crow-stepped gabled projection to rear, also added c.1749, houses main staircase. Interior: main room (to left of entrance) has late C17 moulded stone fireplace and painted C18 panelling; one room in right wing is completely oak panelled with dado and large bevelled panels reaching to moulded cornice, characteristic of early C18 work; fireplace with swagged overmantel in same room is contemporary. Wide mid-C18 staircase with 3 elaborately twisted balusters to each shallow tread, moulded handrail and open string; plainer oak staircase in right wing is probably late C17. Several panelled rooms on first floor with simple decoration to friezes; panelled doors and shutters to windows throughout. Obliquely truncated stone inscribed "1681/H-P/I-F" (Henry Powell, son of John Powell) in stone cellar of left wing probably commemorates the beginning of the late C17 building but is not in situ. Several urn-shaped finials, formerly situated on the brick parapet of the centre section, are now in the garden (not included in this list). 3-bay Georgian-style brick range, dated 1938, set back to rear on left. B.O.E. p.138; Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. Series 4, Vol. 9 (1923-4) pp.228-9.
Listing NGR: SJ3102605618
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 257419
Legacy System: LBS
Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 138
'Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological Society' in Series 4, , Vol. 9, (1924), 228-9
This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.
End of official listing