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Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
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SU 12857 36405


WOODFORD - SU 13 NW 8/240 Heale House 10.1.53 I Large house, 1670-1700 for Robert Hyde, incorporating parts of house of 1571 for Gerard Errington, greatly extended 1898-1910 by Detmar Blow and Billerey for the Hon Louis Greville. Flemish bond brickwork with stone dressings on flint chequerwork sills. Lead and tiled roofs. Two storeys, cellars and attics. Southern end a C17 five-bay house returning approximately 4 bays, considerably extended to north after 1894 to provide a symmetrical west front of 9 bays, and large drawing room added to east. Minor alterations to north front in C20. South front has quoined central bay with pediment, set forward. Glazed door in moulded stone surround with broken pediment. Moulded stone cross windows of c1900 replace sashes. Roof hipped. West front has 3 central bays with central boarded door in stone architrave and triangular pediment. Stone cross windows, those to ground floor with cornices. Niche central on first floor. Short forward wings either side, with blind arched niche on ground floor with broken pediment, cross windows above and steeply gabled pediment. Facade mostly by Blow, reworking the earlier building from central door to right. Two end bays each side also have cross windows, but left bay has projecting stone stair tower, being client's alteration to Blow's design. Four hipped dormers and brick stacks. North front similar, the tall entrance door and eared bolection moulded doorcase with frieze over, moved C20. Eastern drawing room block is of 5 bays, central 3 bays quoined, and very tall doorcase with scrolled broken pediment. Interior: Entrance hall has plaster ceiling with pendants by Jacksons, strapwork design leading through to main stair hall, with excellent mid C17 oak stair with heavy turned balusters and ball finials, possibly from London. Painted ceiling in mid C18 mode. Panelling from Newport Pagnell. Sitting Room to left, early C18 panelling and stone fireplace. East drawing room has carved wood caryatid fireplace in wide recess flanked by Corinthian columns. Elaborate cornice. Ceiling dome removed C20 and pediments over doorways etc. Design by Blow based on Lord Aberconway's House in North Audley Street, London. Office at end of stair hall has French baroque panelling and ceiling by Jacksons in C18 style. South west room has fine stone chimneypiece and plaster ceiling. Dining Room has wood carved overmantel, believed to be original from small panelled room, and pendant strapwork plaster ceiling by Jacksons. First floors in concrete. The house is set amid outstanding gardens by Harold Peto, with stone balustrades and various walls and structures including Tea House and Japanese bridge (q.q.v.). The house occupies a site of an earlier house, where Charles II stayed following the Battle of Worcester (1651) pending his flight to France. (R.E.D.A. 1911; Country Life, February 27 1915; Original plans in British Museum; Pevsner: Buildings of England, WILTSHIRE; RCHM No 54298)

Listing NGR: SU1285736405


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N , The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1975)
'Country Life' in 27 February, (1915)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 46 Wiltshire,


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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