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Harleyford Manor

A Grade I Listed Building in Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.5533 / 51°33'11"N

Longitude: -0.8089 / 0°48'32"W

OS Eastings: 482676

OS Northings: 184492

OS Grid: SU826844

Mapcode National: GBR D61.DBW

Mapcode Global: VHDWH.X7Q3

Entry Name: Harleyford Manor

Listing Date: 29 September 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1311225

English Heritage Legacy ID: 46912

Location: Great Marlow, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, SL7

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe

Civil Parish: Great Marlow

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Great Marlow with Marlow Bottom, Little Marlow and Bisham

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SU 88 SW
8/28 Harleyford Manor
- I
Villa. Dated WCM 1755 on rainwater heads. Undergoing thorough
structural overhaul and restoration 1985. By Sir Robert Taylor for Sir
William Clayton. Red brick with stone band courses. Modillion cornice
to be replaced in fibreglass. Brick parapet with stone coping and ball
finials, not all in situ 1985. Hipped slate roof, brick chimneys.
Compact double pile plan with full-height projecting bays, that to S. semi-
elliptical, that to E. canted, the N. rectangular and pedimented. Basement,
lower ground floor, piano nobile, bedroom floor and attic. W. front of 4 bays;
other fronts with single bays flanking 3-bay projections. Window openings with
gauged heads, formerly with sash windows, due to have replacement sashes with
octagonal glazing as in original design. Flat-roofed attic dormers. Lower
ground floor has central entrances to N. and S., with vermiculated bonded
stone surrounds. N. front also has upper ground floor entry approached
by double return flights of stone steps with wrought iron railings. Upper
ground floor takes form of 3-bay arcaded loggia with stone impost band and
gauged brick arches. Central arch has double half-glazed doors and
ornamental iron fanlight; flanking arches have C19 glazing and stone
balustrades. Bullseye window in pediment. Canted bay on E. front raised
C19, with stone balustraded parapet. S. front has full-height openings to
upper ground floor of projecting bay, with simple wrought iron railings to
balcony. Interior: entrance loggia with groin vaults on scroll brackets,
plaster foliage bosses, and plaster lunettes with low reliefs of
mythological figures. 3-bay inner vestibule with central dome and octagonal
coffing to barrel vaults and terminal apses. Smaller vestibule of 3
domed bays with arched niches at entrance to former dining room. C19
staircase to lower ground floor, with reeded metal balusters. Main staircase
with Chinese-style wooden lattice balustrades, shaped tread ends and
soffit, and later Greek fret string. Panelled vault over stairs with
elaborate Rococo scrolls linking ribs to cornice. Arcaded upper landing
with groin vaults. Doors have octagonal wooden panels, most to be replaced,
and entrance doors have reveals with similar flush panels. C19 painted
inscriptions. Library retains sequence of large and small arched recesses,
plaster dado, string and cornice, and altered fireplace with Rococo plaster
overmantel. Other interior decoration removed 1955 for restoration,
including elaborate plaster drops formerly in Drawing room on S. front.
These drops illustrate themes of music, painting, hunting and gardening. It
may be necessary to replace the originals with copies from moulds.
(Country Life 1910 June 4th p. 810-819 )
1967 July 6th p. 17-21 )

Listing NGR: SU8267684492

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