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Latitude: 52.4095 / 52°24'34"N
Longitude: -0.919 / 0°55'8"W
OS Eastings: 473631
OS Northings: 279602
OS Grid: SP736796
Mapcode National: GBR BT3.VWX
Mapcode Global: VHDR6.1P1R
Entry Name: Kelmarsh Hall
Listing Date: 2 November 1954
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1067012
English Heritage Legacy ID: 360317
Location: Kelmarsh, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN6
Civil Parish: Kelmarsh
Traditional County: Northamptonshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire
Church of England Parish: Kelmarsh St Denys
Church of England Diocese: Peterborough
KELMARSH HARBOROUGH ROAD
SP77NN (West side)
6/64 Kelmarsh Hall
Country House. c.1727-32. By James Gibbs for William Hanbury, altered 1956 by
Sir Albert Richardson. Red brick with ashlar dressings. Double pile plan with
linked pavil ions. Main facade: Centre of 2 storeys with basement and attic,
7-window range, centre 3 bays breaking forward with rectangular pediment over.
Wide flight of steps up to central double doors under fanlight with glazing bars
in geometrical pattern. Ashlar doorcase has attached fluted Corinthian columns
supporting a plain entablature with segmental pediment over. Tall sash windows
at first floor reducing at first floor; all with glazing bars and moulded stone
architraves. Those at ground floor have eared architraves with alternate
segmental and triangular pediments over. Continuous ashlar cornice with a brick
parapet above flanking bays. The centre sections of the parapets are replaced
with balustrading. Mansard roof has dormers behind the parapet and brick stacks
at the ridge. The centre is linked to the flanking pavilions by single-storey
quadrants having central doors with pediments over flanked by sash windows with
gauged brick heads. Glazing bars to the right pavilion ground floor right are
original C18. Ashlar pilasters between each, opening each surmounted by a ball
finial with a plain parapet and cornice below. The pavilions are of 2 storeys
with attic. Each of 5-window range. The central entrances have moulded stone
architraves with pediments over. Sash windows, reducing at first floor have
glazing bars and gauged brick heads. Ashlar cornices with brick parapets over.
Gambrel roofs; the right pavilion having brick stacks at the ridge. The inside
return elevations of the pavillions are similar. Garden facade similar of
7-window range with centre 3 bays breaking forward with open retangular pediment
over. Tall sashes with glazing bars at ground floor, reducing at first floor
with alternate segmental and triangular pediemnts over. The centre sash has a
broad flight of stone steps. There is an armorial crest in the centre of the
pediment. Single storey, 4-bay extension to left is C19 ballroom. End 3 bays
breaking forward; all in a similar style to the main house. Facade to right
reconstructed in 1956 by Sir Albert Richardson to James Gibbs' original design;
when Victorian extensions removed. Stabling and walls attached to rear of left
pavillion. Interior: Entrance hall, centre of main front, double height, has
3-bay arcade on rear wall with 3 sash windows to first floor corridor above.
Panelled plasterwork to ceiling and restrained swags to walls, reputedly by
James Wyatt. 2 black im itation marble bolection moulded fire surrounds. Dining
Room to right of entrance has semi-circular recess at end with Adam style
ceiling decoration. Chinese Room to left of entrance has C18 surround. Drawing
Room, centre of west front, double height. Plaster roundels, in inner section
and plaster frieze with cherubs; probably by James Wyatt. Moulded wood
doorcases. The Yellow Room and the Library to right and left of the Drawing Room
C18 style fireplaces and bookcases probably installed during early C20
remodelling. Staircase between the Chinese Room and Library has half landing and
fine C18 wrought iron balustrade in lyre shaped units. The walls and ceiling
have fine plasterwork panel decoration. The Ballroom to the right of the Yellow
Room is C19 was probably remodelled early C20. Several first-floor rooms have
C18 marble fire surrounds.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.271; Country Life February 25th 1933,
Listing NGR: SP7363179602
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