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Fort Henry Pleasure House and Flanking Retaining Walls and Parapet

A Grade II* Listed Building in Exton and Horn, Rutland

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Latitude: 52.6989 / 52°41'56"N

Longitude: -0.5977 / 0°35'51"W

OS Eastings: 494862

OS Northings: 312170

OS Grid: SK948121

Mapcode National: GBR DSP.ZMD

Mapcode Global: WHGLN.SFL9

Entry Name: Fort Henry Pleasure House and Flanking Retaining Walls and Parapet

Listing Date: 10 December 1981

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1073724

English Heritage Legacy ID: 187416

Location: Exton and Horn, Rutland, LE15

County: Rutland

Civil Parish: Exton and Horn

Traditional County: Rutland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Rutland

Church of England Parish: Exton with Horn St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

4/128 Fort Henry: Pleasure house
10.12.81 and flanking retaining walls
GV and parapet

Small lakeside pleasure house or folly, probably late C18. Ashlar, single
storey to west, but with lower basement on lake front, entered only from the
outside. Central block of 3 bays with flanking pavilions. Main block
has central double doors in delicate ogival architrave with acanthus finial,
and flanking sash windows with deep reveals and gothick glazing bars
linked by a continuous string course. Moulded eaves cornice, crenellated
parapet with ogee headed merlons and pierced ogival finials on angles.
Flanking pavillions are of less height, and gabled with cornice and
crenellated parapet with pierced finials. Ogee headed windows with
plume-like acanthus finial. Side doors with arched heads and traceried
spandrels. last elevation has 2 bays of sash windows identical to
those of front elevation, with 2 centred arched windows in pavilions
with flanking colonettes, moulded voussoirs and hoodmoulds. Basement
with 4 centred arched doors and 2 pairs of 2 centred arched windows.
Interior has been fire-damaged, but remains exquisitely decorated with
delicately wrought ornate painted wood and plaster panelling.

Flanking retaining walls to terrace have crenellated parapets and polygonal
buttresses which terminate in acanthus finials. This walling returns
through 90° and then in quadrant plan, to altar-like curtails. These
are ornamented with drapery swags surmounted by 4 consols and large acanthus

Listing NGR: SK9486012166

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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