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Stroud (District Authority)
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SO 88587 05852



4/94 Mansion (previously listed as Lypiatt Park)



Large country house. Mid C16. Alterations and additions 1809-1815 by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville for Sir Paul Baghott; minor alterations c1841 by Samuel Daukes for Samuel Baker; further additions 1876-77 by T.H. Wyatt for Sir John Dorington. Ashlar limestone; ashlar chimneys; stone slate roof. East-west range, 2-storey with attic; 2-storey south east wing to form L-plan. Various 2 and 3-storey additions at north end and single-storey cloister linking with chapel (q.v.). North front: mostly C16 house with crenellated parapet added by Wyatville. From east to west, 2-storey canted bay window with round arched mullioned casements and crenellated parapet. Moulded 3-centred arched doorway with 3-light casement above having trefoil-headed lights; single-light in crow-stepped gable above topped by diagonal-set chimney. Former 2-storey porch removed in C20. Double height crenellated hall bay window to right rebuilt by Wyatville. Two attic dormers with shaped barge boards set back behind parapet. Two-window fenestration in higher part of front to right is C19, mullioned and transomed with mullioned casements to upper floor, all with trefoil heads. Three-storey tower at west end with machicolated parapet and small circular stair turret is part of Wyatville's alterations; trefoil-headed mullioned and transomed casements to front, C13 style pointed windows and doorway on east side. Perpendicular tracery to 3 large windows in cloister projecting forward to right; at outer-ends a 4-centred moulded doorway with shields in carved panel above. East front: parapet gable end of north range to right with single- window fenestration, mullioned and transomed to ground and upper floors, 2-light to attic, all ovolo moulded with hoodmoulds. Wing to left is Wyatville's addition, each main room forming large square block projection to elevation, lower linking machicolated parapet between. Large canted bay window with coloured glass and quatrefoil tracery to ground floor of each of the 2 blocks; tall Perpendicular-traceried window above each. C13 style lancets to recessed linking parts of elevation, that to right in form of tall narrow stair window. Range extended to left by T.H. Wyatt. South side: asymmetrical end block to south east wing by T.H. Wyatt has pointed arched doorway to left, flanked by offset buttresses and has roundel above inscribed KD CHD1877; Decorated-traceried window above; canted Perpendicular-traceried bay window to right. Square 2-storey bay on west side of Wyatt's addition. West side of remainder of wing is Wyatville's symmetrical elevation with central 2-storey canted bay, richly traceried and panelled; 2 slender offset buttresses with crocketed pinnacle tops and outer pointed windows, the whole finished with panelled crenellated parapet. One and a half parapet gables of main C16 range remain unobscured by additions to left, this wall rebuilt c1700 when ancient hall enlarged, reusing mullioned and transomed hall windows with round- arched lights. Plainish cross-gabled 2-storey addition with attic to left has octagonal turret to section linking with 3-storey service block in south west corner, the latter a Wyatt addition. Interior: much of house has simple white-painted stone or plaster walls acting as backdrop to sculpture by present owner, Mr. Lynn Chadwick. Rooms at east end of original house have extensive panelling, that on upper floor with unorthodox classical doorcase with 2 superimposed Ionic pilaster orders; this said to be room used by hatchers of the Gunpowder Plot, one of whom, John Thockmorton, was Lord of Over Lypiatt Manor at that time. Wyatville rooms have panelled ceilings with oak leaf bosses; several with good Gothick style fireplaces. Doorcases are mix of Regency reeded type and Gothick. Staircase in Gothick style has upper floor landing having view through tracery into double-height corridor of south east wing. Present house is most noted for picturesque Gothick additions by Wyatville and sensitive further additions by T.H. Wyatt. Stands on excellent hill top site overlooking the deep Lypiatt and Toadsmoor valleys. Many associated outbuildings including chapel, granary, dovecote, stables and castellated garden terrace wall (all q.v.). (Articles in Country Life, 1st December 1900 and 9th July 1964; N.M. Herbert, 'Stroud' in V.C.H. Glos. xi, 1976, pp 99-145; N. Kingsley, notes for forthcoming book, n.d.; M.A. Rudd, Historical Records of Bisley with Lyoiatt, 1937; and D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)

Listing NGR: SO8858705852


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Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Gloucester, (1976), 99-145
Rudd, MA , Historical Records of Bisley with Lypiatt, (1935)
Verey, D , The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 1 The Cotswolds, (1970)
'Country Life' in 1 December, (1900)
'Country Life' in 9 July, (1964)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 16 Gloucestershire,


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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