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THE HALL

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.

Name: THE HALL

List entry Number: 1303132

Location

THE HALL, LONGHIRST HALL

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

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Longhirst

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 20-Oct-1969

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 238162

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List entry Description

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History

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Details

LONGHIRST LONGHIRST HALL NZ 2289 & NZ 2288 10/19 & 11/19 The Hall 20.10.69 GV II*

Country house, 1824 by John Dobson for William Lawson. Ashlar; tooled-and- margined sandstone in service wings; slate roofs. Square villa with lower block and then pair of service wings to north. North-east link to conservatory. Greek Revival style.

West entrance front 2 storeys, 3 bays, the central a projecting pedimented portico with giant Corinthian columns, distyle in antis; modillions and anthemion ornament. Two steps up into portico; at rear panelled double doors in architrave under tall 3-pane overlight with cornice on carved consoles. Margined sash window above with carved cornice; coffered stone ceiling. Flanking bays have moulded plinth, Corinthian angle pilasters and tall margined sashes in architraves carried down to the plinth; upper windows in shallower eared architraves; full entablature as on porch. Hipped roof with 2 corniced transverse stacks on the rear slope. Set back lower 5-bay left section with similar entablature and projecting left bay; moulded plinth and sill bands, 12-pane sashes to ground floor and margined sashes above, 15-pane in left bay in corniced architraves. To far left service wing of 6 irregular bays.

South front has similar detail: 5 bays, the central a semicircular bow whose lower windows have carved consoles. East front again similar, 5 bays. 3 steps up to French window in bay 4. Lower 5-bay service block to right, with link to conservatory at end.

Interior: spectacular ashlar-faced central hall, oblong with apsidal ends. Imperial stair, opening under Ionic screen, has wrought-iron balustrade with anthemion frieze, moulded and wreathed handrail. Balustrade continues around landing balcony. Coffered vaults with carved spandrels, central glazed dome. Library and dining room have rich plasterwork. Plain marble fireplace in drawing-room; contemporary doors,panelled reveals. The first of Dobson's great country houses. 'Longhirst Hall and Nunnykirk' Girouard. Country Life CXXXIX 352 et seq.

Listing NGR: NZ2235388983

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Country Life' in Country Life, , Vol. 139, (1966), 352

National Grid Reference: NZ 22353 88983

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