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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1067550



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 06-Jun-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Jan-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 438623

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(South side) Hamsterley 1/16 (inset) Hamsterley Hall, 6/6/51 with wall and outbuilding adjoining GV (Formerly listed as Hamsterley Hall, Rowlands Gill) II*

House. Early C18 much enlarged 1769 (rainwater heads) for R.H. Swinburne; early C19 alterations; c.1932 incorporation of C17 fragments from Beaudesert, Staffordshire, for S.R. Vereker. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings, quoins and plinth; rear wing English garden wall brick, with rendered plinth; Lakeland slate roof. Irregular plan; Gothic style. Garden front 2 storeys, 4 wide bays: 2-storey, 4-light mullioned-and-transomed square bay at left. 2 central bays of ground floor and third bay of first floor have similar windows of 5 and 4 lights, all double-chamfered; fourth ground-floor window a Gothic canted bay under parapet, with quatrefoil and drip mould above; 2 ogee-headed sash windows above 5-light second-bay window. Gothic-style windows have patternec glazing bars; C17 windows all have leaded casements with heraldic panels. Projecting battlemented parapet above gutter cornice. Hipped roof has corniced ridge chimneys. Left return has early C18 12-panel door in large shell-hooded doorcase with much fine carving, imported from elsewhere. Right rear wing has C17 door and window incorporated in inner return to yard, with Gothic-style windows on first and second floors in plain stone surrounds; breaking forward at left of this a plainer 2-storey brick wing with varied windows and rear pedimented doorcase. Hipped roofs; ridge chimneys. Early C20 Gothic-style conservatory on left return of main ridge. Interior: C18 staircase hall has enriched dado rail and 6-panel doors in architraves under ornamental overdoors; (similar doors throughout front range). Ramped handrail on fat stick balusters and fluted newels; shaped tread ends. Gothic stair window has scalloped pointed surround on panelled pilasters. Ogee-arched first-floor arcade, Gothic arcaded cornice; palmette-and-acanthus ceiling roses. Morning room has Greek key dado rail, Gothic white marble chimney piece, similar Gothic ceiling patterns. Dining room walls of arcaded panels formed by clustered pilasters supporting cusped arches, with pinnacles on pilasters; C15 stone chimney piece from Crosby Hall; ceiling Gothic-panelled and grained. Drawing room entirely panelled with stucco Gothic arches under arcaded frieze, but with some classical detail. First floor west room has C17 panelled interior inserted and grand fireplace with panels of perspective rooms and Renaissance decoration; high-relief fruit and flower garlands. Rear wing interior incorporates C17 chimney piece, moulded beams and closed- string stair with wide handrail, fat turned balusters and moulded square finials and pendants in principal ground-floor room. Battlemented wall at rear, with Tudor-arched door, links to 2-storey, 3-bay brick outbuilding. Sources: Conyers Surtees, Records of the Family Surtees, Newcastle 1925, p.233. C. Hussey, 'Hamsterley Hall, Durham' in Country Life, Oct.21st.1939, pp.418-22.

Listing NGR: NZ1425755637

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Surtees, C, Records of the Family Surtees, (1925)
'Country Life' in 21 October, (1939), 418-22
'Country Life' in Country Life, (1939), 418-22

National Grid Reference: NZ 14257 55637


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