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Hamsterley Hall, with Wall and Outbuilding Adjoining

A Grade II* Listed Building in Leadgate and Medomsley, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.8953 / 54°53'42"N

Longitude: -1.7792 / 1°46'45"W

OS Eastings: 414257

OS Northings: 555637

OS Grid: NZ142556

Mapcode National: GBR JC0T.LZ

Mapcode Global: WHC41.M7Y1

Entry Name: Hamsterley Hall, with Wall and Outbuilding Adjoining

Listing Date: 6 June 1951

Last Amended: 21 January 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1067550

English Heritage Legacy ID: 438623

Location: County Durham, NE39

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Leadgate and Medomsley

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Medomsley

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


(South side)
1/16 (inset) Hamsterley Hall,
6/6/51 with wall and
outbuilding adjoining
GV (Formerly listed as Hamsterley
Hall, Rowlands Gill)

House. Early C18 much enlarged 1769 (rainwater heads) for R.H. Swinburne;
early C19 alterations; c.1932 incorporation of C17 fragments from Beaudesert,
Staffordshire, for S.R. Vereker. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings,
quoins and plinth; rear wing English garden wall brick, with rendered plinth;
Lakeland slate roof. Irregular plan; Gothic style. Garden front 2 storeys,
4 wide bays: 2-storey, 4-light mullioned-and-transomed square bay at left. 2
central bays of ground floor and third bay of first floor have similar windows
of 5 and 4 lights, all double-chamfered; fourth ground-floor window a Gothic
canted bay under parapet, with quatrefoil and drip mould above; 2 ogee-headed
sash windows above 5-light second-bay window. Gothic-style windows have patternec
glazing bars; C17 windows all have leaded casements with heraldic panels.
Projecting battlemented parapet above gutter cornice. Hipped roof has corniced
ridge chimneys. Left return has early C18 12-panel door in large shell-hooded
doorcase with much fine carving, imported from elsewhere. Right rear wing has
C17 door and window incorporated in inner return to yard, with Gothic-style
windows on first and second floors in plain stone surrounds; breaking forward
at left of this a plainer 2-storey brick wing with varied windows and rear
pedimented doorcase. Hipped roofs; ridge chimneys.
Early C20 Gothic-style conservatory on left return of main ridge.
Interior: C18 staircase hall has enriched dado rail and 6-panel doors in
architraves under ornamental overdoors; (similar doors throughout front range).
Ramped handrail on fat stick balusters and fluted newels; shaped tread ends.
Gothic stair window has scalloped pointed surround on panelled pilasters.
Ogee-arched first-floor arcade, Gothic arcaded cornice; palmette-and-acanthus
ceiling roses. Morning room has Greek key dado rail, Gothic white marble
chimney piece, similar Gothic ceiling patterns. Dining room walls of arcaded
panels formed by clustered pilasters supporting cusped arches, with pinnacles
on pilasters; C15 stone chimney piece from Crosby Hall; ceiling Gothic-panelled
and grained. Drawing room entirely panelled with stucco Gothic arches under
arcaded frieze, but with some classical detail. First floor west room has C17
panelled interior inserted and grand fireplace with panels of perspective rooms
and Renaissance decoration; high-relief fruit and flower garlands.
Rear wing interior incorporates C17 chimney piece, moulded beams and closed-
string stair with wide handrail, fat turned balusters and moulded square finials
and pendants in principal ground-floor room.
Battlemented wall at rear, with Tudor-arched door, links to 2-storey, 3-bay
brick outbuilding.
Sources: Conyers Surtees, Records of the Family Surtees, Newcastle 1925, p.233.
C. Hussey, 'Hamsterley Hall, Durham' in Country Life, Oct.21st.1939, pp.418-22.

Listing NGR: NZ1425755637

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