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Garden Walls, Corner Turrets, Gates and Gate Piers at Soughton Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Northop, Flintshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1976 / 53°11'51"N

Longitude: -3.1265 / 3°7'35"W

OS Eastings: 324839

OS Northings: 367313

OS Grid: SJ248673

Mapcode National: GBR 70.2H22

Mapcode Global: WH76Z.YWBK

Plus Code: 9C5R5VXF+29

Entry Name: Garden Walls, Corner Turrets, Gates and Gate Piers at Soughton Hall

Listing Date: 15 April 1985

Last Amended: 15 August 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 548

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The walled gardens surround all 4 sides of Soughton Hall; the entrance gates are to the S.

County: Flintshire

Town: Mold

Community: Northop (Llaneurgain)

Community: Northop

Locality: Soughton Hall

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Soughton Hall was first built c1727 for the Conway family and was in Baroque style. It was fitted out after 1732 for the Rev John Wynne, Bishop of St Asaph (1714-1727) and subsequently Bath & Wells. His daughter married Henry Bankes of Kingston Lacy, Dorset, and the hall remained in the ownership of the Bankes family until the 1980s. The house was remodelled several times in the C19, including major work in the 1820s by William John Bankes and the architect, Sir Charles Barry. In 1868, Soughton Hall was extensively remodelled by John Douglas, architect of Chester, for John Scott Bankes, including the addition of the S porch. Soughton Hall is now a hotel.

The stone gate piers are C18 and the iron gates are probably contemporary, along with the red brick walls. The large Islamic-style turrets were added by Sir Charles Barry in the 1820s, and remodelled later in the C19.

Exterior

Formal rectangular S garden in front of house enclosed by tall red brick walls with stone cappings. Pair of square panelled monolithic gatepiers to centre (aligned with main avenue), on plinths and with moulded capstones supporting tall urns. Between them are double wrought iron gates with dog rails, top rails swept down to centre, and spear finials. These are attached to inner piers of iron openwork with elaborate scrolled infill. Massive stone corner turrets on cyclopean bases which have segmental-arched recesses to front and rock-faced surrounds. The turrets are square with round-arched openings to each side and ogee finials. The brick walls continue down the E and W sides of the house enclosing courtyards. Each has a doorway with dressed stone jambs and flat stone lintel with keystone. The E wall projects to the R and bounds a low service building with, from L, a 3-light window, oculus and round-arched entry. Corner turrets to wall ends as front. Narrow N forecourt bound by low brick walls on stone plinths with stone cappings. Intermediate piers with low external buttresses, between which are iron railings. Canted projection to centre with C19 cast iron gates between tall brick gatepiers.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* as a garden structure attached to the hall and retaining good C18 character.
Group value with Soughton Hall and associated items.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Well Head at Soughton Hall
    Located in the centre of the front garden and bound by the garden walls. Close to the main entrance of the house.
  • II* Soughton Hall
    Reached by the S driveway, a formal tree-lined avenue, and set in parkland.
  • II* Stable Block at Soughton Hall
    In a tree-lined enclosure to the SW of the house and facing N. The coach house range is attached at the NW corner.
  • II* Coach-house Range at Soughton Hall
    In a tree-lined enclosure to the SW of the house and attached to the stable block at the SE corner. Tall rubble retaining wall to N, beyond which are formal gardens.
  • II Game Larder to W of Soughton Hall
    In copse 150m from NW corner of house.
  • II Bath-house at Lower Soughton Hall
    Located on the E side of the gardens, which lie to the S of Lower Soughton Hall.
  • II Lower Soughton Hall
    Located at the end of a long straight driveway off the A5119, with associated houses and outbuildings to its SW.
  • II Lower Lodge to Soughton Hall
    Situated 0.5km S of Northop at the entrance to the N drive to Soughton Hall. The lodge is set back behind a gate and flanking quadrant walls. Its garden is bound by wicket-fence style iron railings.

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