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PARK HOUSE (CHESHIRE HOME FOR THE DISABLED), AMPTHILL PARK

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.

Name: PARK HOUSE (CHESHIRE HOME FOR THE DISABLED), AMPTHILL PARK

List entry Number: 1137595

Location

PARK HOUSE (CHESHIRE HOME FOR THE DISABLED), AMPTHILL PARK

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

County:

District: Central Bedfordshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Ampthill

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 17-Jul-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 37308

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List entry Description

Summary of Building

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Reasons for Designation

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History

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Details

1. 774 Park House (Cheshire Home for Disabled), Ampthill Park TL 0239 5/2 17.7.51

II*

2. Mansion built in 1694 for John, First Baron Ashburnham. Main block, originally brick, of 3 storeys below a modillion cornice. Tiled mansard roof with square dormers. 11 windows the central 3 in slight projection beneath pediment. Widely splayed perron leads up to classical doorway in centre of the piano nobile. In continuation of this storey run pilastered wings connecting 2 rectangular blocks (4 windows by 4 windows) also of only 2 storeys and beneath (later) hipped slate roofs, standing forward of the main block. Early parts by Captain Wynn, designer of original Buckingham House. Influence, if not authorship, of Wren, who was engaged on work in Ampthill, is apparent. (All Souls drawing 1.84 reproduced in Wren Society, Vol XII, p1 XIV, strongly resembles). Chambers remodelled the side blocks, adding a 3-sided bay to the outer flank of north-east block, and much of the main block, encasing the whole house in stucco. VCH page 27O. Lady Holland, Whig political and literary hostess, lived here 1818-45.

Listing NGR: TL0267039058

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Bedford, (1904), 270
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 2 Bedfordshire,

National Grid Reference: TL 02670 39058

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