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Manor House with Attached Courtyard Wall at Rear

A Grade II Listed Building in Whalton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.1272 / 55°7'38"N

Longitude: -1.7939 / 1°47'37"W

OS Eastings: 413242

OS Northings: 581447

OS Grid: NZ132814

Mapcode National: GBR H9X4.FV

Mapcode Global: WHC2W.FD07

Plus Code: 9C7W46G4+VF

Entry Name: Manor House with Attached Courtyard Wall at Rear

Listing Date: 28 April 1969

Last Amended: 29 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1237522

English Heritage Legacy ID: 428835

Location: Whalton, Northumberland, NE61

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Whalton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Whalton St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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NZ 1381
(North side)
12/163 Manor House with
attached courtyard
28.4.69 wall at rear
(formerly listed as
Whalton Manor House)
G.V. II -
House formed from Old Whalton Manor, C17-C18, and 3 attached cottages remodelled
and extended by Lorrimer in late C19, Whalton Mansion 1729, now a separate
residence known as West Manor House (q.v.) and a linking range of 1908-9, with
further internal remodelling, by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Mrs. Eustace Smith.
Squared stone except for 1908-9 part, ashlar with some rock-faced stone to rear
and original Manor, rubble with cut dressings; stone slate roofs. Plan: long
range fronting the road with rear wing near the east end.

South elevation 2 storeys, in 4 sections. 5-bay left end part is now West Manor
House (q.v.). Lutyens' link block 3 wide bays: plinth. Right bay has panelled
double doors under elliptical arch, flanked by half-glazed double doors under
raised lintels with stepped keystones; raised impost band. Three 18-pane sash
windows above with similar lintels, shaped aprons, raised blocks between and
sunk panels above. Bays to left each have tripartite window, with metal-framed
casments, beneath heavy canted oriels with moulded bases, small-paned sash
windows, moulded cornices and broader weather-boarded panels, above. Large
panelled and ornamented ridge and right end stacks. Lower 6-bay part to right,
former cottages, has 3 central French windows with fluted heads to doorframes,
and 12-pane sash windows. 5-bay part, original Manor, to far right has central
doorway in architrave with metope frieze and dentilled pedimented hood on
consoles; 12-pane sashes. Coped gables with moulded kneelers; stepped-and-
corniced ridge and right end stacks.

Rear elevation: entrance bay, with similar detail to front, flanked by quadrant-
shaped stair projections, rock-faced except for ashlar above a chamfered set-
back near eaves level. Semi-conical roofs; the whole reminiscent of an
Edwardian castle gatehouse. The projections are linked by a wall with a heavy
square coping and 2 gateways having piers with moulded caps, enclosing an oval
courtyard with stone setts laid in concentric fashion. To left, rear wing of
10 irregular bays with 12-pane sash windows.

Interior: 3-bay aisled groin-vaulted carriage entrance. Stone-walled baroque
entrance hall with Gibbs surrounds to doorways and large moulded fireplace,
from which a stone winder stair, with ribbed barrel vault, leads to a landing
and an added long gallery overlooking courtyard. On first floor anteroom has
deeply-coved matt black ceiling and windmap; circular bedroom (former dining
room) has high domed ceiling and is said to be a model for the Viceroy's throne
room at New Delhi. High-quality baroque-style woodwork throughout the Lutyens
section, and 2 bathrooms with impressive contemporary fittings. Further east
the Oak Room (former library) has Lorrimer frieze, and panelling said to be
from Benton Church.

Listing NGR: NZ1324281447

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