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Clapham Park House

A Grade II Listed Building in Clapham, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1637 / 52°9'49"N

Longitude: -0.4712 / 0°28'16"W

OS Eastings: 504666

OS Northings: 252810

OS Grid: TL046528

Mapcode National: GBR G1S.7PK

Mapcode Global: VHFQ1.SW86

Entry Name: Clapham Park House

Listing Date: 27 August 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1114250

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36898

Location: Clapham, Bedford, MK41

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Clapham

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Clapham

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

TL 05 SW
9/120 Clapham Park House
- II

Large house.1872 by John Usher of Bedford, for James Howard M.P. for Bedford,
iron-master and co-founder of the Britannia Works. Dark red brick Gothic
mansion with stone dressings and banded plain and fishscale tile roof. Two
storeys and attics. Narrow sash windows generally in groups of two or three.
Most retain their wooden blind canopies. North entrance elevation has central
slightly projecting gabled section with porte-cochere which has a vaulted
ceiling, arched openings and corner buttresses, cornice and parapet with
frieze of recessed diamond pattern. Recessed doorway has side panels of blue
and white glazed tiles by M.J. Cooper of Maidenhead. The central gable is
flanked by two gabled dormers. Stone bands at window head level. West front
has projecting gabled wings to left and right. Left hand one has two storey
rectangular bay. Right hand wing has two storey canted bay with small attic
hipped roof bay built into the top. Central gabled dormer. South garden
front has full height large central canted bay with polygonal roof and three
gabled dormers. To the left of the bay is an octagonal turret supported on
first floor stone canopy on brick columns. This rests on balcony on
projecting ground floor bay. Interesting and asymmetrical east elevation.
Central circular staircase turret with three stepped leaded casements. To the
left of this is a projecting gable with a small bell turret. To the east
extends a range of one storey ancillary service buildings including an
octagonal game larder. The interior remains virtually intact. There is a
oak staircase with wrought iron flower motifs between the balusters. The hall
is lit by a lantern supported on an arcade of Bath stone with red Mansfield
stone columns (now painted white). The arcade is blind along one wall. Some
of the ground floor rooms retain oak floors inlaid in geometric patterns.
Most of the original carved oak doors remain, and some moulded skirting
boards. Many of the windows have interior surrounds of slender columns
supporting Tudor roses.

Listing NGR: TL0466652810

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