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Harrogate (District Authority)
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SE 17798 46711


WESTON WESTON PARK SE 14 NE 10/96 Weston Hall (formerly listed as Hall) 6.2.52 GV I

Country house. Late C16/early C17 hall and cross wing, possibly with medieval core, mid C18 extension and rebuilding to west and south sides and refenestration probably c1820 to east (garden) front. For members of the Vavasour family. Earliest work of coursed gritstone rubble with ashlar quoins; mid C18 work of coursed squared gritstone and later work of edge tooled ashlar gritstone. Roof of graduated gritstone slates and lead. Built on sloping ground. 4-bay main range of 2 storeys plus basement with slightly projecting 3 by 4-bay 2-storey range with basement to south and projecting one by 3-bay north wing of 3 storeys plus basement and attic, having a recessed 3-storey half bay to right. North wing has single-storey kitchen and 3-storey, 2-bay wing to rear. West front of 6 bays, 2 storeys over basement. Plinth and quoins. East (garden) front: main range, bay 3 opposed stone stairs to paired round-arched half-glazed doors with consoles and cornice. 2 round-arched basement windows with glazing bars to front of staircase landing, to left 3-light mullioned small paned window, to right 4-light flat-faced mullion window. Above bays 1, 2 and 4: tall 4-light deeply recessed chamfered mullion windows, those to first floor with round-headed lights, all with cornices as entrance. Deep eaves cornice and blocking course. Ashlar ridge stack, rainwater pipe with brackets decorated with cock badges of Vavasour family, far right. 3-bay range to left: bay 1 - sash with glazing bars in raised surround, bay 2 - projecting stack, bay 3 (also projecting); C18 18-pane sash in raised surround. First floor: left, 3-light mullioned and double transomed window in cavetto moulded surround; right, 5-light corniced window as to main range, with stepped eaves- band over. Central paired octagonal flues and balustrade of reused mullions either side. Basement: central chamfered single-light window and 3-light chamfered mullion window left. Corner buttress to south-east. Lead downpipe as main range to right of stack. North range: ovolo-moulded windows throughout. Basement has 5-light window, one light blocked, flanked by massive buttresses. 3 tiers of 10-light canted mullion and transom bay windows with label-stops to hoodmoulds. Gabled parapet above has blind window plus hoodmould and tall crocketed pinnacles. Corniced ashlar stack. Early C18 6-bay west front, entrance bay 4. Flight of steps to half-glazed panelled door with divided overlight in raised stone surround; sashes with glazing bars in raised plain surrounds throughout. Staircase windows over door at landing levels. Blocked cross window to first floor right, painted to resemble existing sashes which have marks of similar original fenestration. Moulded eaves cornice, hipped roof to right, multi-flued corniced ridge stacks between bays 1 and 2, 5 and 6. West kitchen range to north has projecting gable with two 3-light C17 mullioned windows and 6-light flat-faced mullion window over. Moulded kneelers and copings and bellcote. 4-bay south elevation of early C18 west range has 2-light chamfered mullion basement windows in plain surround; ground and first floor with sashes with glazing bars in raised surrounds. Deep moulded cornice. North elevation, irregular: canted bay window to centre, ovolo-moulded mullion windows throughout. Single and 2-light windows to ground floor, 3-light canted window flanked by square windows, that to right with central mullion to first floor; and canted 5-light mullion-and-transom window flanked by cross windows to second floor, left window with elaborate lead cames. Moulded cornice and parapet with panels of double vase balusters. Interior: principal rooms ranged along east side. From left to right: the dining room has late C19 panelling, morning room behind has early C18 panelling and cornice. Hall has 6-panel early C18 doors in bolection- moulded architraves with pulvinated friezes, contemporary shutters, dado, and ceiling cornice. Late C19 wooden overmantel. Round arched recess in south-east corner contains staircase with vase and column balusters. Original entrance to hall now in corridor to west concealed in early C18 cupboard: wide C15 shallow pointed arch with moulded chamfered surround and decorated spandrels. Staircase hall reached through thick chimney wall, and up 5 steps. Staircase, early C19 with slender column balusters and moulded handrail. Landing ceiling with elaborate plaster rose. C18 6-panel door to passage room, lined with C17 oak panelling and having 2 early C18 doors, one glazed. Dragon room beyond contains large Tudor-arched fireplace with 3 plaster shields above, ceiling supported by deep cornice, decorated with reliefs of early C16 armorial badges including flowers, dragons etc, also early C17 panelling. Bedroom in north wing has similar panelling and stone fireplace with classical motifs similar to banqueting hall (qv) and Dob Park Lodge. Timber overmantel has arcaded panels flanked by fluted pilasters surmounted by inlaid cock and owl plus central panel inscribed "V M I 1602". Drawing room over hall has complete early C19 interior. 2 further staircases: C17 one at junction of north wing and kitchen range with vase balusters replaced to attics by splat balusters, and early C18 knopped column-on-vase baluster staircase to west range. North-east basement room has Tudor-arched fireplace with 3 plasterwork shields over and C17 cornice. History: family history linked with building phases. In 1549 John le Vavasour was described as 'of Weston', his son, William, was buried at the church (qv) in 1587. His son, Mauger (knighted 1603) married Joan Savile and in 1602 was selling other properties, possibly to help with his work at Weston. North wing rebuilt at this date. Sir Mauger's great grandson, Mauger, died in 1753, he or his son, William, probably responsible for further alterations to west and south sides. The last Vavasour died in 1833, the estate passing to nephew, William Emsall Carter and through sister to Dawson family. Late C19 works include re-roofing south side in 1884 and the installation of electric light c1887. Sources: Country Life, Nov 13 1958, pp 1112-1116.

Listing NGR: SE1779946710


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'Country Life' in 13 November, (1958), 1112-1116


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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