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Wilsford House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wilsford cum Lake, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1567 / 51°9'24"N

Longitude: -1.8097 / 1°48'35"W

OS Eastings: 413401

OS Northings: 139732

OS Grid: SU134397

Mapcode National: GBR 507.K7T

Mapcode Global: VHB5J.L633

Entry Name: Wilsford House

Listing Date: 15 April 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1131008

English Heritage Legacy ID: 321539

Location: Wilsford cum Lake, Wiltshire, SP4

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Wilsford cum Lake

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Woodford Valley with Archers Gate

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

SU 13 NW
(east side)

8/218 Wilsford House
House. 1904-6, by Detmar Blow, for Sir Edward Tennant (Lord
Glenconnor). Flint and chalkstone chequerwork, with stone slate
roofs. Rear wing similar but irregular chequerwork and thatched
roof. Two storeys, and tall attic storey. Rectangular plan with
inset central section on north-west and single storey service wing
to north-east, entrance side. Each facade has 3 steeply pitched
moulded gables terminating in trefoiled finials to attic storey.
North-west has a low central 6-panelled door with monolithic lintel
inscribed ET 1906 and 3-light overlight flanked by windows in the
recessed section. Four-light stone-mullioned and transomed
windows with rebated chamfers and no labels throughout. South-
west front has central oriel with central half-round glazed light
set over secondary entrance. South-east front has half-glazed
panelled door and segmental canopy on carved consoles. Ashlar
stacks. Service wing has irregular windows and 3 flush dormers.
Interior: North-west door leads to large reception hall opening to
an open well stair to rear, a handsome wide structure of late C17
design with heavy handrail and baluster newels - in limed oak, said
to have been reconstructed from an imported stair.
Shallow arches with finials. Dining room to right of hall has
coved ceiling and marble fireplace. Corridor to south door has
groined plaster vaults. Rooms to south-east front also have
marble fireplaces. Secondary stair has counter turned spiral
balusters, also in limed oak, and varied panelling throughout.
First floor rooms have cornices and marble fireplaces. Attics
constructed of heavy quasi-crucks and king posts of oak, set at
right angles at each corner of building providing round circulation
from top of great stair. Wall construction approximately lm
thick, carrying solid floors, perhaps of fire resisting concrete as
Happisburgh House.
The building is one of the few surviving relatively unaltered works
by Detmar Blow, who was related to his client. It is a prime
example of his careful and finely detailed design. It was
inherited by the Hon. Stephen Tennant (1906-1987), poet, painter
and aesthete, in 1927 and decorated by him and his friends for his
circle, which included E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and Siegfried
Sassoon. The interior decor is a unique and splendid reflection
of the man and his times.
Country Life, 29th Sept 1906; Recent English Domestic Architecture,
1908) 1. 7, 57-9. J. Franklin: The Gentleman's Country House
and its Plan, (1981), 33, 64 and 269.)

Listing NGR: SU1341939741

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