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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.


List entry Number: 1200238



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


District: Wakefield

District Type: Metropolitan Authority

Parish: Warmfield cum Heath

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 14-Feb-1952

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 342364

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SE 3519 and SE 3520 WARMFIELD-CUM-HEATH HEATH COMMON (north side)

6/60 Heath Hall 14.2.52


Large country house. c1709 extended and altered 1754-1780 by John Carr for John Smyth; the wings built up, billiard-room and south porch added c1834 by Salvin. Ashlar, lead roof. 2 1/2 storeys with basement and cellars. 11-bay symmetrical facade. 3-bay central block, the original house, has 4 attached giant Ionic columns and a pediment, the tympanum carved with an achievement of arms. Porch with consoles and open pediment. Central 5 bays have windows with eared architraves and cornices. Outer 3 bays are canted and have swept-shouldered architraves, consoles and cornices with plainer architraves above, and balustraded parapets. Attic storey has balustraded parapet carried across the facade and pierced by windows with architraves. 2 stacks to roof, 2 end stacks to left, one end stack to right. Rear: similarly fenestrated, central 3 bays break forward, lacking columns, and have raised quoins, central doorway with consoles and cornice and windows in raised architraves, those to 1st floor eared. Left-hand return: 4 bays; 2 bays of blind windows; attached is single-storey flat-roofed billiard-room (now kitchen).

Interior: Entrance hall: diamond-set flags; 4 doorways with architraves; fireplace with eared surround decorated with egg-and-dart moulding; cornice with guttae. To left, Dining room: beautiful balanced room with apsidal end, round-headed windows with eared architraves, richly-decorated cornice, panelled dado, walls with applied carved mouldings, 2 doorways, fireplace with Greek-key ornament and carved surround. To right, Stairhall: open-well wooden stair slung on iron-girders has 3 barley-sugar twist balusters to each riser, wreathed-and-ramped handrail, Rococo-carved brackets to tread ends. 1st-floor band decorated with modified Greek-key ornament interspersed with foliage. Modillioned ceiling cornice. Archway on consoles to Saloon: a long well-proportioned room with apsidal ends and 3 bays of arches with fireplace facing doorway illustrated and authoritively discussed by I. Hall (p16-18). The walls and ceiling decorated with fine Rococo plasterwork, thought to be by Joseph Rose (the elder) and Thomas Perritt, the woodwork by Daniel Shillito, and is unsurpassed in the many houses Carr did (Linstrum, p75). Library: c1778-80, the decoration influenced by Adam after Carr's work at Harewood House; a long rectangular room, marble fireplace flanked by doors with carved architraves; ceiling cornice decorated with anthemion. Study: circular room with curved fittings and door with architrave, pulvinated frieze and cornice; stone fireplace with false keystone. 1st floor has other finely decorated rooms particularly the Saloon Chamber: apsidal bay with eared architraves to 3 windows, carved dado, 3 doorways with good carved bolection- moulded friezes. One room retains Queen Anne decoration from 1709 house: large raised panelling, bolection-moulded fireplace and good doorway. Dog-leg back-stair, possibly reused from 1709 house, has turned balusters and leads to attic with a range of 12 rooms leading off a central corridor dating from Salvin's alterations for which he was paid £6,500 in 1834.

Heath Hall, with its pavilions to left and right of the house, forms, with the entrance gate-piers, a magnificent composition at the top of Heath Common. Historically the house is extremely interesting as a highly successful C18 enlargement and remodelling by John Carr and stands as one of his finest houses.

I. Hall ed. Samuel Buck's Yorkshire Sketchbook (facsimile 1979) p142, 143. I. and E. Hall, Heath (booklet). D. Linstrum, West Yorkshire Architects and Architecture, (1978) p72-75. N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding (1974) p259.

Listing NGR: SE3555820186

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Hall, I, Samuel Bucks Yorkshire Sketch Book, (1979), 142 143
Linstrum, D, West Yorkshire Architects and Architecture, (1978)
Pevsner, N, Radcliffe, E, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding, (1967), 259

National Grid Reference: SE 35558 20186


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