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Terrace Walk at Leighton Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6338 / 52°38'1"N

Longitude: -3.1227 / 3°7'21"W

OS Eastings: 324116

OS Northings: 304599

OS Grid: SJ241045

Mapcode National: GBR B1.71W5

Mapcode Global: WH79X.0295

Plus Code: 9C4RJVMG+GW

Entry Name: Terrace Walk at Leighton Hall

Listing Date: 24 December 1982

Last Amended: 20 March 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19525

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated on the N and E sides of Leighton Hall and with gardens to N and E.

County: Powys

Town: Forden

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan)

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan

Locality: Leighton Park

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

Part of the formal gardens at Leighton Hall which were designed by Edward Kemp, a pupil of Joseph Paxton, c1860, for John Naylor. The terrace forms a plinth to the Hall. Leighton Hall has formal gardens S of the library wing and SE of the Tower. In contrast, NE of the Hall and Tower it has a landscape garden which was planted with trees and shrubs, its woodland walks also contrasting with the terrace walks of the formal garden.

John Naylor, a Liverpool banker, had acquired the Leighton Estate in 1846-47 and embarked on an ambitious programme of building, notably Leighton Hall, church and Leighton Farm, all designed by W.H. Gee and completed by the mid 1850s. Leighton Hall had been constructed 1850-56. John Naylor's grandson, Captain J.M. Naylor, sold Leighton Hall and the Estate in 1931.

Exterior

Terrace walk extending along N front of Leighton Hall and continuing on E side as far as steps immediately in front of entrance to Leighton Hall Tower. Of coursed, rock-faced Cefn stone with ashlar dressings. Along the N front of Hall it consists of a low retaining wall with ramped coping and curved steps to W, straight steps to E (matching the bow and bay windows respectively of the Hall). The terrace terminates in a N-S wall to W, with a tall octagonal pier which has a frieze of blank shields below battlements. The N-S wall returns again to the Hall with an embattled doorway. At the NE corner is another flight of steps where the terrace wall returns S and continues, stepping out to follow the plan of the Hall, to the steps beside the Tower.

Reasons for Listing

The Leighton Estate is an exceptional example of high-Victorian estate development. It is remarkable for the scale and ambition of its conception and planning, the consistency of its design, the extent of its survival, and is the most complete example of its type in Wales. Leighton Hall represents the centrepiece of this development, and the terrace walk is a key element in the setting of the house. The gardens at Leighton Hall are a tour-de-force of landscaping and the features within them are remarkable for their consistency of design and the extent of their survival.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Leighton Hall
    Located approximately 1.4km S of Leighton church. The Hall is reached by private road on the E side of the B4388 Buttington to Forden road, and is set in landscaped gardens.
  • I Leighton Hall Tower
    Located approximately 1.4km S of Leighton church. The Tower is SE of Leighton Hall, reached by short private road E of B4388. A second (currently disused) service road leads to SW side of the Tower.
  • II Library Garden, Leighton Hall
    Located immediately S of library wing of Leighton Hall. The wall on S side of garden is the boundary with Tudor Croft.
  • II Arbour at Leighton Hall
    Within landscape gardens at Leighton Hall SW of Serpentine Pond. It is linked by paths to W and N to bridge E of Leighton Hall Tower and bridge E of Serpentine Pond respectively.
  • II* Footbridge E of Leighton Hall Tower
    Situated E of Leighton Hall Tower, S of Serpentine Pond and NE of a terrace walk at Leighton Hall.
  • II Terrace Walk S of Leighton Hall Tower
    Situated on SE side of Leighton Hall Tower, with the main gardens to E and N, and with a boundary wall immediately to W, beyond which is a service road and the library garden.
  • II Statue of Icarus in Serpentine Pond to NE of Leighton Hall
    Forden with Leighton and Trelystan
  • II Wall attached to Library Garden wall at Leighton Hall
    Situated S of library garden on S side of Leighton Hall and forming the W side of a private road immediately S of Leighton Hall Tower. The wall is continuous with the wall of the library garden and i

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