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Latitude: 51.7583 / 51°45'29"N
Longitude: -0.3877 / 0°23'15"W
OS Eastings: 511374
OS Northings: 207850
OS Grid: TL113078
Mapcode National: GBR H81.QSX
Mapcode Global: VHFS7.72CF
Entry Name: Gorhambury
Listing Date: 19 October 1953
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1102915
English Heritage Legacy ID: 163797
Location: St. Michael, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3
District: St. Albans
Civil Parish: St Michael
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: St Albans St Michael
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TL 10 NW ST MICHAEL BLUEHOUSE HILL (off)
(north west side)
Country house. Begun 1777-84 for the third Viscount Grimston by
Sir Robert Taylor. Refaced in Portland stone 1957-67.
Originally the house had low wings connecting the main building
with side blocks. The low N wing was replaced by a stuccoed 3-
storeyed block in 1816-17, the outer N block by a more
substantial one in 1826 (W Atkinson). In the same year the S
wing and block were demolished . Main block is 2 storeys over
basement. Deep hexastyle Corinthian portico with paired outer
columns, the rear wall pilastered. 3 sash windows each side with
moulded frames, those of ground floor with cornices. Rusticated
basement and podium. Long flight of steps to portico. Central
double door with shell motif in arch tympanum. Rear elevation
with three-quarter column hexastyle portico. N wing is 3 windows
with similar detail. N block is 1:3:1 sash windows, the centre 3
Interior: Large cube central hall modelled on Queen's House with
high bracketed balcony. S wall with stained glass windows and
good marble fireplace taken from Old Gorhambury. Yellow drawing
room in SW has a richly carved fireplace by Piranesi: white
marble with figured red marble panels and medallions. Another
Piranesi fireplace in library. Good oval staircase hall on N
side with cantilevered spiral stairs and glazed dome. Important
collection of family portraits. (C.L. 25.11.33, Pevsner (1977)).
Listing NGR: TL1137407850
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