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Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
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SJ 70939 46474


DODDINGTON C.P. DODDINGTON PARK SJ 74 NW 5/17 Doddington Hall 10.6.52


Country House. 1777-90. By Samuel Wyatt. Keuper sandstone ashlar with slate roof and lead flashings. Three storeys. Entrance front: 9 bays symmetrically disposed. Slightly projecting lateral bays and three central bays which support a pediment. The ground floor has a deep plinth of smooth ashlar on which the windows rest above which is chamfered rustication. The windows are all of 3 x 2 sash panes save for those to the lateral bays which are Diocletian. All have chamfered voussoirs. To the centre is a staircase with body of chamfered rustication which has two curved lower flights of stairs leading to a further bridging flight which forms a porte cochkre to the ground floor doorway. This half-glazed doorway has a relieving arch of segmental form as have those of the porte cochere. Opposite the doorway and carved into the body of the lower two flights is a round-headed niche. The first floor has a central doorway set within a slightly recessed round headed archway. This has a tripartite colonnade superimposed on the lower body with Ionic demi-columns to either side of the half-glazed double doors and 1/4 columns to the sides. The side panels are blank as is the archway above the frieze save for a central medallion showing a female figure wearing a hymata. The three windows to either side of the centre have windows of 3 x 4 panes with hidden sash boxes. Above each is a rectangular panel with a moulded surround with a swag and patera in relief. The lateral bays have tripartite windows of similar form to the central doorway with superimposed Ionic pillars and frieze and a blank arch over each containing a roundel, that at left showing a female figure riding a bull, that at left showing a similar figure on a ram. The left hand window is a dummy. Dividing this floor from the second floor is a guilloche band on which the second floor windows, all of 3 x 3 panes, rest. The dentilled cornice supports a shallow parapet and the central pediment also has a dentilled cornice-surround and a plain block acroterion to the apex. The double-ridge roof has eight chimney stacks, four above this facade and four to the garden front, all of ashlar and rectangular and each with a moulded cornice. The central staircase has a balustrade of delicately wrought iron work with square bars, and panels formed of addorsed S-scrolls containing anthemia. The left-hand facade is of three bays and has a plinth and chamfered rustication as to the entrance front with similar smooth ashlar walling above. To the centre of the ground floor is a Diocletian window and to either side are sash windows of 3 x 2 panes. The ground floor has a tripartite window of similar form to the lateral windows on the entrance front and the roundel above here shows two males figures (probably Castor and Pollux). The windows to either side of this are of 3 x 4 sash panes with rectangular panels each containing a swag and patera similar to those on the entrance front. Similar band between floors and second floor windows of 3 x 3 panes. Garden front: 9 bays, the lateral bays are similar to those on the entrance front, save that the right hand triple window is here a dummy. The left hand roundel shows a female figure riding a horse with a fish's tail, that at right shows a similar figure on a dolphin. The three central bays take the form of a bow surmounted by a shallow dome. This has central double doors to the ground floor with lateral windows of 3 x 2 panes. The three first floor windows are all of 3 x 4 panes and the second floor windows are all of 3 x 3 panes. The lateral windows of the bow have rectangular panels over of the usual form with swags and paterae. Above the central window is a roundel showing a lion in relief. The service wing to right of the entrance front and connected to the right hand end of the house is of rendered brick with a slate roof. It curves forward gently and is of 2 storeys and 11 bays. The three bays at the far left and the two at right project slightly. The ground floor windows are all of 3 x 4 panes and the first floor windows all of 3 x 3 panes and resting on a plain band save for one C20 window of 2 casement lights. Ground floor doors at second and fifth bays from left. Moulded cornice to top of wall. The rear is similar save that the windows are more widely spaced due to the curve of the wing. The 4th, 5th and 6th bays from the left are set in a wide shallow bow marking the kitchen which is of two storeys, there the ground floor windows are of 4 x 4 panes and the first floor windows of 4 x 3 panes with double ½-glazed doors at ground floor left. Interior: ground floor: circular billiards room has wooden chimneypiece, doorcase and skirting all of soft wood inset with pottery banding with design of anthemia in relief. To east and west are two oval staircases of similar form rising through the house to oval skylights. Both have delicate wrought iron balustrades with oval panels of moulded lead in the form of foliage with central anthemia. First floor: to the centre of the north front is the entrance hall with double doors to the centre of the soutern wall flanked by scagliola columns and segmental niches. Similar tripartite arrangement to northern wall at either side of the ½-glazed doors, save that the niches are here replaced by windows. Two lateral sets of doors to the eastern and western walls with central round-headed niches, that to the eastern wall having a square cast iron stove with the Delves-Broughton arms. All the sets of double mahogany doors on this floor have 'sympathetic hinges', a mechanism of pulleys that enables both doors to open when one is pushed. The frieze has triglyphs and the Delves crest of a pelican in a coronet to the metopes. Stone flagged floor. Monochrome rectangular panels showing putti. Saloon to the centre of the southern front and circular in plan. Moulded ceiling with central rosette surrounded by authemia and a chain of ovals formed of laurel leaves around oval paterae. Anthemia and spirals of foliage to the frieze. The two doorcases have bands of bay leaf ornament to the door frieze and long tapering consoles to either side ending in lion masks in square frames. The chimney piece of white marble has female figures to either side standing on plinths and holding swags. Oval panel to centre showing cupid, as elsewhere on this floor the carving is of exceptional quality and in the style of the Westmacotts. The rectangular and circular painted panels to the upper walls showing scenes from classical mythology are in the style of Biaggio Rebecca. The painted decoration to the pilaster strips showing medallions and foliage is by McLachlan of Morant Co and of late C19 or early C20 date. The Broughton room (formerly dining room) has pilaster strips with vine trails in relief and shallow arched niches to either end. The chimney piece is of white marble and has a fluted frieze with urns and finials. The lateral panels have poles surmounted by pineapples wreathed in swags of flowers and ribbons. The Music Room has a coved ceiling with foliage patterning to the corners and palm leaves to the frieze. The chimney-piece of white marble has a fluted frieze and a central rectangular panel showing flowers and an urn and unusual instruments in shallow relief. The side panels show entwined cornucopiae. The other rooms on this floor all have similar chimney pieces. The library has paired bookcases to either side of the fireplace and to either side of the doors which are of tripartite form each with a decorated frieze and double doors below. The ante-library, originally a dressing room, is octagonal and has similar bookcases of bi-partite form to three of the angles. The second floor was a spinal corridor connecting the two staircases lined with pilasters off which opens a semi-octagonal landing. Sources: Nikolaus Pevsner and Edward Hubbard - The Buildings of England: Cheshire (London) .

Listing NGR: SJ7093946474


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Hubbard, E, The Buildings of England: Cheshire, (1971)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 6 Cheshire,


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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