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Latitude: 52.3678 / 52°22'4"N
Longitude: -2.1813 / 2°10'52"W
OS Eastings: 387753
OS Northings: 274435
OS Grid: SO877744
Mapcode National: GBR 1D2.FCR
Mapcode Global: VH91W.4RP5
Entry Name: Harvington Hall and Attached East Bridge
Listing Date: 25 February 1958
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1348331
English Heritage Legacy ID: 157015
Location: Chaddesley Corbett, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, DY10
District: Wyre Forest
Civil Parish: Chaddesley Corbett
Traditional County: Worcestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire
Church of England Parish: Kidderminster East
Church of England Diocese: Worcester
CHADDESLEY CORBETT CP HARVINGTON
SO 87 SE
10/28 Harvington Hall and
attached east bridge
Country house and bridge. Probably C14, substantially remodelled late C16/ early
C17, partly demolished c1701 with some remodelling, restored 1930. Brick
with stone dressings, incorporating timber-framing; tile roof. Basically
an L-plan, one limb extending to north, the other to west. The north limb
contains a medieval timber-framed range of four bays, with north tower
of C17 date, at south end a late C16 to early C17 block. The range to west
is late C16 to early C17 comprising a first floor "banqueting hall", with
kitchen to south-west corner, main staircase to north-west; a hall probably
extended northwards from the staircase, demolished c1701. Entrance (east)
front: two-storey range to centre, three-storey blocks to each corner,
that to left with attic. Left-hand block: a 4-light stone mullioned window
to each floor, gable to attic, stack with two diamond-plan shafts to left.
Central block: five windows, three 2-light casements alternate with two 4-
light casements under gablets; similar pattern on ground floor, save large
window to right of centre which is the entrance, with two large doors
(approached by east bridge). Right-hand block: a 3-light casement to each
floor under timber lintels; to left-hand side windows at half level for
staircase, including an oval window. On ground floor a boxed glazing bar
sash under segmental head. Detailing of rest of building similar to left-
hand block, save elevation to courtyard of west limb which is ashlared
where the probable hall range stood, dated by "1701" on rainwater head.
Interior: extensive traces of an ambitious scheme of wall painting of late
C16 to early C17, including the Nine Worthies in a second floor passage.
The main staircase is a 1930s replica of the original, which was removed
to Coughton Court, Warwickshire. In the banqueting hall there are remnants
of later C17 panelling with elaborate painted decoration. The house contains
one of the best known collections of priests' hiding holes; in particular,
one contrived under the main staircase, entered via hinged steps; and that
in Dr Dod's Library, entered via a hole, created by swinging a stud.
East Bridge: a single segmental brick arch supports the plain ashlar parapets.
The island on which the house stands [along with the Malt House (qv) and the
chapel (qv)] is surrounded by a water-filled moat. Scheduled as an Ancient
Monument. (BoE, p 192-194; Hodgkinson, H R: "Recent Discoveries at Harvington
Hall, Chaddesley Corbett", Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire
Archaeological Society, Vol 62 for 1938 (1943), pp 1 - 26; Hodgetts, M:
"Elizabethan Priest Holes: IV - Harvington", Recusant History, Vol 13 (1975),
p 18 - 55; Hussey, C & Hodgetts, M: Harvington Hall near Kidderminster,
Worcestershire, (1981); Hodgetts, M: "Harvington Hall 1929 - 1979: A Study
in Local Historiography", Worcestershire Recusant, Vol 37 (1981), pp 3 - 25).
Listing NGR: SO8775374435
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