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Swangrove House, Garden Walls, 4 Corner Pavilions and Gate Piers

A Grade I Listed Building in Hawkesbury, South Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.5703 / 51°34'12"N

Longitude: -2.2942 / 2°17'39"W

OS Eastings: 379705

OS Northings: 185752

OS Grid: ST797857

Mapcode National: GBR 0N8.GSR

Mapcode Global: VH95P.6S0L

Entry Name: Swangrove House, Garden Walls, 4 Corner Pavilions and Gate Piers

Listing Date: 17 September 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1129379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34390

Location: Hawkesbury, South Gloucestershire, GL9

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Hawkesbury

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hawkesbury St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

ST 78 NE
Swangrove House,
17.9.52 garden walls a 4
corner pavilions and gate

G.V. I

A 'maison de plaisance'. Dated "1703", byWilliam Killigrew of Bath. Fine
ashlar, render to side and near elevations; slate roofs with coped raised
verges; diagonal ashlar stacks with moulded cornice. Cotswold vernacular
style but handled with considerable skill and with Palladian overtones. 2
storeys, cellars and attics in 2 steep, coped, stone gables with a flat roofed
room between; lower 2 storey wings; embattled parapet, formerly with a
balustrade to the wings. 1 : 3 : 1 bays; tall cross windows on first floor
of centre; 2-light casements elsewhere; keyed oval windows in apex of gables;
continuous string over ground and first floor, stepped up over first floor
windows in centre; lead cresting to centre of string course. A straight flight
of steps (with balusters, arms on the posts and a moulded handrail) leads up
to front door on the first floor; 6 panel door under a 2-light overlight and
in a bolection moulded surround; all under a segmental pediment which rises
from the string course. Lead downpipes at the junctions between the centre
and wings; portcullis badge and date '1703' to the rainwater heads. Rear
elevation. Ground floor: 3 doors in bolection moulded surrounds, flat
entablature over outer doors (left one blocked), pediment to central door.
First floor: 3 cross windows under drip moulds. 4 detached corner pavilions;
ashlar with pyramidal Cotwold stone slate roof with ball finials and moulded
eaves cornice; single storey; plank doors in blection surrounds; one keyed
oval window to each side. Low coped rubble walls join the pavilions and the
house and enclose the site: ashlar gate piers with ball finials south.
Interior: Ground floor: stop chamfered and moulded beams and cornice; oak
staircase with turned balusters. Closed string and moulded handrail -
the staircase continues up to the attic. First floor. Central blue room,
fully panelled with raised and fielded panels; on the west wall is a bolection
moulded fire surround and to either side is a cupboard with glazed doors; that
to the right contains a buffet, a marble basin set on a pedestal and recessed
in a marble niche which has the mask of a mandarin with a tap in his mouth over
the basin (connected to a cistern above and fed by a pumphouse in the adjacent
wood). Attic. Central panelled room of great importance as an intact and
unrestored example of early C18th marbling and japanning; the door and dado
cornice have gold leaf chinoiseries insects, birds and background on a black
background; the wall panels formerly held paper or brocade. The designs for
the chinoiserie may be traced to Stalker and Parker. A treatise of Japanning
and Varnishing, 1688. (Lisa White, personal communication). Country Life
16.XII,1939. Gomme, A forthcoming publication in the Journal of the Society
of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

Listing NGR: ST7970585752

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