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Benham Park

A Grade II* Listed Building in Newbury, West Berkshire

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Latitude: 51.407 / 51°24'25"N

Longitude: -1.3686 / 1°22'7"W

OS Eastings: 444011

OS Northings: 167742

OS Grid: SU440677

Mapcode National: GBR 81Q.NSZ

Mapcode Global: VHCZB.7W9R

Plus Code: 9C3WCJ4J+RG

Entry Name: Benham Park

Listing Date: 6 June 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1220740

English Heritage Legacy ID: 394434

Location: Speen, West Berkshire, RG20

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Speen

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Stockcross

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

(south side)

6/19 Benham Park

Mansion. 1772-5 with substantial late C19 and early C20 alterations and
additions.Probably by Henry Holland with assistance from Lancelot
(Capability) Brown. Ashlar and Stucco. Basement, 2 storeys and attic.
Glazing bar sashes with blind hoods. South front: 9 bays. Central tetrastyle
portico with unfluted Ionic columns, and pilasters behind, supporting
entablature and balustrade. Entablature and pilasters continued one bay to
each side, and cornice carried around building. Attic above with balustrade
and urns. Blank rectangular panels between ground floor windows. Plinth and
flight of steps leading to central half glazed double doors with architrave
and segmental pediment on brackets. West front: 5 bays. Central 3 bays
projecting with ground floor windows in recessed arched panels linked by
string course at impost level. Central 3 first floor windows have moulded
architraves, bracketted cills and flat hoods. Blank rectangular panels between
ground and first floor windows in end bays. North front: 9 bays. Central 5 bays
projecting at ground and first floor level with Ionic pilasters supporting
entablature and balustrade. Triangular pediment over central 3 bays with
carved roundel and swags in tympanum. Attic above with balustrade and urns.
Railed airey; and rectangular panels with carved swags between ground and
first floor. windows. Central doorway with french casements, moulded architrave
and bracketted flat hood. North-east wing; West front: 7 bays. String course
between ground and first floors; cornice with attic and balustrade with urns
above. Central 3 bays recessed and ground floor with blank arcade. First floor
windows with balustraded balconies and flat hoods. Central window with
triangular pediment. One storey, 3 bay wing to left with balustrade, blank
arcade with rectangular panels above and central French casements.Interior.
Good; mainly late C19. 2 fireplaces in entrance hall and one in main bedroom
came from Stowe in 1922. The interior still contains many features of
importance in the development of the C18 country house including the small
circular double-height vestibule adjoining the inner hall to the west;
referred to as 'the tribune' and later adopted by Soane. Grounds landscaped
by Capability Brown. B.O.E.Berkshire p.225. Berkshire Architectural Guide;
Betjeman and Piper; Murray. 1949. p.143. Henry Holland, His Life and
architecture. D.M.Strand; County Life Ltd. pp.36-9. Architect's Journal,
16 April 1975. Rehabilitation at Benham Park pp.815-817.

Listing NGR: SU4401167742

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