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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: 1121680



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


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Rokeby

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 19-Jan-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 28-Oct-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 111733

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13/143 Rokeby Park and attached stables 19.1.52 (formerly listed as Rokeby Hall)


Country house, 1725-31 by the owner, Sir Thomas Robinson, incorporating some earlier fabric; internal alterations after 1769 included redecoration of Dining Room, probably by John Carr; and heightening of east blocks in later C19. South front ashlar; other walls rubble, rendered and colour-washed ochre (except for rear of main block); outer east block heightened in tooled- and-margined stone; ashlar dressings. Graduated Lakeland slate roofs. Palladian plan and style.

Main block 3 storeys, with low ground floor (originally planned as basement), 1 + 3 + 1 bays. Plinth, 1st floor and lst floor sill bands, modillion eaves cornice. Slightly-projecting pedimented centre and 1-storey 3-bay Doric loggia with paired columns and balustraded balcony (replacing original external stair); 12-pane sashes to 1st floor, the central (original door) in architrave with swept feet, pulvinated frieze and pedimented hood on consoles; 6-pane sashes to 2nd floor. All windows in architraves. Pyramid roof with 2 stepped and modillion-corniced lateral stacks on each side slope; tall finial with weathervane.

Set-back flanking 2-storey, 3-bay blocks, the ground floor low; east block has added storey dated 1877. Similar treatment to main house, except for Venetian windows in west return; tall hipped roofs. Outer 1-storey, 3-bay blocks, set farther back, have projecting pedimented centres and flanking niches. Added storey to right block.

North elevation: 3-storey, 3-bay centre. Ground floor set forward carrying balcony between 4-storey pyramid-roofed towers. Above balcony a Venetian window with Diocletian window above. Lower part of left tower shows older masonry with roughly-shaped quoins and blocked mullioned window. Stable yards flanking rear court have rusticated entrance arches. North-east yard shows original stable with triple-arched front. Entrance to court is flanked by attached piers carrying lead sphinxes.

Interior: Lavish internal detail with carved cornices, doors, skirtings, chair rails and architraves in a variety of classical patterns. Tuscan colonnades in Entrance Hall and Library. Richly-decorated Breakfast Room lined with late C18 prints. Circular vestibule links to oval ante-room and stair-hall; 3-storey open-well cut string stair with gadrooned umbrella balusters, carved newels, wreathed ramped and moulded handrail and curtail step. First-floor saloon retains 5 original door and cupboard surrounds including carved pedimented principal door with motto 'FAY CE QUE VOUDRAS'. Later Greek Revival fireplace in 2-colour marble. Painted Gothick ceiling with vaulted coving. Bedroom on west of saloon has barrel vault with Rococo carving in panels, on end walls and on fireplace. Anteroom with exedra and 2 Ionic screens. Dining Room with ornamental ceiling, enriched Venetian window in end wall and, facing the 3 south windows, a wide exedra with niches flanking a carved fireplace.

Listing NGR: NZ0828214181

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National Grid Reference: NZ 08282 14181


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