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Childerley Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Childerley, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.2357 / 52°14'8"N

Longitude: -0.0156 / 0°0'56"W

OS Eastings: 535604

OS Northings: 261579

OS Grid: TL356615

Mapcode National: GBR K5D.WBH

Mapcode Global: VHGMK.P23F

Plus Code: 9C4X6XPM+7P

Entry Name: Childerley Hall

Listing Date: 31 August 1962

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1127204

English Heritage Legacy ID: 51118

Location: Childerley Hall, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB23

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Childerley

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Caldecote St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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31.8.62 Childerley Hall


Hall, surviving wing of late C16 mansion built for the fourth Sir John Cutts
(d.1615); remodelled c.1850 by General Calvert in Tudor-Gothic style. The
painted C17 chamber is noteworthy. C16 red brick with diaper patterning
obscured by C19 grouting, C19 red brick. Dressings of limestone and Roman
cement. Plain tile roofs. Two storeys and attics, C16 main east-west solar
range with C19 extensions to north and north-east. South elevation rebuilt
retaining original brick walls with C19 fenestration. Four ground floor and
four first floor mullioned casement windows; two gabled three-light dormer
windows. Single storey gabled entrance porch with studded panelled door in
round headed moulded arch to right hand, possibly originally two storeyed,
and in position of an original entrance to cross passage with staircase
turret to east gable. C19 end stack to west gable and two original side
stacks with rebuilt shafts; stack to left hand flanked by gabled staircase
turret (Pelhan), remodelled as oriel window. Parapet with moulded stone
cornice and coping, cemented plinth continued in recessed north-east wing
with one two-light window and attic window. Interior: Ground, and first
floor rooms to east of C16 wing with roll-moulded intersecting ceiling beams,
and with C18 chimney pieces possibly introduced in C19. First floor room
known as King Charles's chamber, with painted frieze and panels on boards on
three walls. The frieze has an early C17 strapwork design with figures and
animals, the Royal Arms of the Stuarts with 'CR 1647' (possibly a C19
addition) painted above, and the arms of the fourth Sir John Cutts and his
second wife on facing east and west walls. The five painted late C17 panels,
in Flemish style and similar to tapestries of the period, are each boardered
by exotic festoons of fruits and flowers, and a dark design of tangled
undergrowth with hounds, owls, serpents, monkeys and birds and with fruits
and drooping tulips; the nature of the design suggests that the paintings
were possibly executed as a memorial to Charles I, the cartouche in the
centre panel of the north wall with a superimposed arms of General Calvert
may cover a hatchment to the deceased King. Charles I was confined by
Cromwell at Childerley Hall for one night in June 1647 and on that occasion
met Fairfax.

R.C.H.M. West Cambs., p44, mon.1 plate 72
Pevsner, Buildings of England, p320
Wm. Cole, MS Brit Library, and C.R.O. Estate Map C18, C.R.O.
Country Life, Vol. CXLVI
Pelhan. Watercolours C.A.S. Collection

Listing NGR: TL3560461579

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