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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
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
NZ 15 NW CONSETT B 6310
1/16 (inset) Hamsterley Hall,
6/6/51 with wall and
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
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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