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Worcester Lodge to Badminton Park, with Flanking Quadrant Walls and Terminal Pavilions

A Grade I Listed Building in Didmarton, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.5827 / 51°34'57"N

Longitude: -2.2753 / 2°16'30"W

OS Eastings: 381022

OS Northings: 187128

OS Grid: ST810871

Mapcode National: GBR 0N3.MLB

Mapcode Global: VH95P.JH02

Entry Name: Worcester Lodge to Badminton Park, with Flanking Quadrant Walls and Terminal Pavilions

Listing Date: 6 September 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1153252

English Heritage Legacy ID: 130371

Location: Didmarton, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL9

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

Civil Parish: Didmarton

Built-Up Area: Didmarton

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Didmarton St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

ST 8187 and
ST 88 NW (south side)
14/57 and 9/57 Worcester Lodge to Badminton Park,
with flanking quadrant walls and
terminal pavilions

Entrance lodge to Badminton Park incorporating an upper dining
room. 1746, by William Kent. Ashlar on vermiculated rusticated
base, lead roofs with moulded stone dentil cornice. Single main
block of 4 storeys with large central groin vaulted archway and
flanking small single-storey square wings with pyramid roofs.
Ashlar plinth and plat bands to rusticated lower 2 storeys, with
dropped keystones to flanking round-headed niches with blind recess
over. Central pedimented section slightly projecting has large
round-headed window running through 2 upper storeys with stone
balustraded balcony over round-headed arch with triple keystone and
pair of wrought iron gates to north side only. Beaufort arms in
pediment. Blind niche and recess immediately flanking main window
and 15-pane sash to each set-back side with blind attic recess.
Almost identical facade to south side. East and west sides have
central arched recess with full-length 18-pane window leading on to
similar smaller balcony, and repeating motif of flanking niche and
recess. Central saucer dome on near-octagonal drum with small
stone stack to each flank and hipped roof to each side. Inner
flanks of archway have large arched recesses each with 6-panel door
and blind doorway. East side has vestibule with steep wooden stair
with central partition dividing different height treads for each
foot. West side has cantilevered moulded stone stair with wrought
iron balustrade leading to upper room with very fine plastered
ceiling by Kent depicting the flowers and fruit of the 4 seasons,
and fluted pilasters flanking the large windows. Overmantel
thought to have been imported, but gilt framed convex mirror above
designed by Kent with radiating sunburst pattern. Flanking outside
wings have ball finials to each corner of pyramid roof base, and
are in vermiculated rustication with large plain triple keystones
to round-headed windows to north and south. Quadrant walls to each
side divided into 10 bays marked on inner face by plain piers with
shallow pyramidal caps, with central feature of partially blind
archway with raised pediment. Octagonal end pavilions in ashlar
with vermiculated plinth and plat band with shallow slate roof and
ball finial, with arched recess to alternate faces blind except for
radial glazed fanlight, and access from rear. Once surrounded by
trees, it now stands alone at the end of the Three Mile Ride from
Badminton House on the edge of the main road to Tetbury.
(David Verey, Buildings of England: Gloucestershire - the
Cotswolds, 1979; Tim Mowl, Trumpet at a Distant Gate, 1985)

Listing NGR: ST8102287128

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