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Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
NZ 03158 71652



14/187 Matfen Hall



Country house. 1828-30 by Rickman, completed by Sir Edward Blackett for himself. Ashlar with Lakeland slate roof. Jacobethan style externally. Symmetrical main block with large irregular ranges around 2 courtyards on the west side.

South front: Main block, 2 storeys plus attics; 5 bays with each bay breaking forward from wall face. Centre and outer bays have 2-storey canted bay windows; all windows are mullioned-and-transomed with roll-moulded surrounds, and each bay has parapet with pierced diamond-shaped panels; shaped gables over outer bays. Similar detail to 3-bay section recessed on left. Gabled roof with many tall, octagonal corniced stacks.

Entrance front (North): Main block 3 storeys, 7 bays. Projecting central porch tower; Tudor-arched doorway with Blackett shield and motto above and an elaborate canted oriel window on 1st floor. Projecting on right a symmetrical 6-bay service wing with 3-storey outer bays and centre with mullion-and-transom crosses on ground floor and gabled half-dormers above. Beyond this the stable court with 4 Tudor-arched carriage entries.

Interior: very large, full-height Gothic hall with 2 tiers of pointed arches along south side, lst-floor windows with Geometric tracery on north and east sides and a huge Geometric window with stained glass,on west side; Gothic oak staircase with castellated newels; hammer-beam roof. Drawing room has white marble fireplace by Chantrey with female figures in the jambs and shells in the frieze. Former library has early C17 fireplace with terms, and overmantel with strapwork and demi-figures. In west wing a late C17 staircase with twisted balusters; also a very slender cantilevered spiral stair with sweeping smooth soffit.

Now used as a Cheshire Home.

Listing NGR: NZ0315871652


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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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Date: 20 Jul 2006
Reference: IOE01/14651/07
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Hogg. Source Historic England Archive
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