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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: 1382396



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

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Tanworth-in-Arden

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 06-Feb-1952

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 482780

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SP17SW UMBERSLADE PARK 652-1/2/213 Umberslade Hall 06/02/52


Country house, now flats. 1690-1702. For first Lord Archer; with C19 and C20 embellishments, additions and alterations including porch and colonnade and with wings of c1900 by WH Bidlake and Phene Spiers for GF Muntz; c1990 conversion to flats. Limestone ashlar with concealed roof. EXTERIOR: main range: 3 storeys with basement, 9-window range arranged 2:5:2. Vermiculated long and short quoins. Flight of steps to central distyle porch with clustered columns and pilasters. 6-panel double doors in decorated surround. Ground floor has tall 9/6 sashes in tooled, eared architraves and keystones. Tooled first-floor band. First floor has mainly tall 9/9 sashes in tooled surrounds with keystones, to centre a French window and overlight both with glazing bars in tooled surround with scrolls to shoulders and carved floral festoons to sides. Tooled second-floor band. Second floor has 6/6 sashes in tooled surrounds. All windows with sills, those to first and second floors throughout have mainly thick glazing bars. Tooled stone eaves cornice; balustrade. Rusticated basement; ground-floor band. Outer ranges with former service wing to left have mainly 6/6 sashes. Garden facade: end bays break forward, between them to ground floor is a tetrastyle Ionic colonnade with pillars in antis and 9/6 sashes within; outer bays have 6/9 sashes. Windows to first and second floors as front facade, at first floor the break-forward returns have niches; bands, cornice and balustrade continue around house. Similar 9/9 and 6/6 sashes to returns. Orangery to right. INTERIOR: entrance hall has a double cube plan: 8 pairs of engaged fluted Corinthian columns, modillion and dentil frieze and cornice; niche opposite entrance has statue of Crouching Venus by Van Nost dated 1702; fireplace to right has massive scrolls to angles; stone and marble floor has Greek key border; 6-fielded-panel mahogany doors; panelled walls have Rococo- and Neo-Classical-type embellishment, heavily-moulded plaster ceiling c1900. Most of plasterwork throughout the house believed to be of c1900. To right of hall a staircase hall with ramped open-newel staircase with turned rod on bobbin balusters; dado; panel of grotesque ornament and 4 busts on brackets. Further flight of stairs to attic. Mainly 6-fielded panel doors throughout, many with carved decoration; moulded cornices; fielded-panel shutters to many windows. HISTORY: the seat of the Archer family. Became the seat of the Muntz family mid C19 and sold late C20. Tyack considers this may be the first of Francis Smith's Warwickshire houses and therefore has an important place in the architectural history of the county. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Wedgwood A: Warwickshire: Harmondsworth: 1966-1990: 437-8; Tyack G: Warwickshire Country Houses in the Age of Classicism 1650-1800: 1900-: 43).

Listing NGR: SP1364571351

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Wedgwood, A, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, (1966), 437-438
Tyack, G, 'Occasional Papers' in Warwickshire Country Houses in the Age of Classicism 1650-1800, (1989), 43

National Grid Reference: SP 13645 71351


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