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© Mr Brian Wilcockson ARPS

IoE Number: 109931
Photographer: Mr Brian Wilcockson ARPS
Date Photographed: 21 September 1999
Date listed: 10 May 1967
Date of last amendment: 10 May 1967
Grade I

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CROXDALE AND HETTCROXDALE HALLNZ 273717/50Croxdale Hall10/5/67(formerly listedin Sunderland

CROXDALE AND HETT CROXDALE HALL NZ 2737 17/50 Croxdale Hall 10/5/67 (formerly listed in Sunderland Bridge C.P.) GV I Country house. Probably C17; altered and re-faced c.1760, possibly by John Carr for William Salvin with Rococo plasterwork attributed to Guiseppe Cortese; early C19 alterations, including 1807 private R.C. chapel possibly by James Wyatt. Squared sandstone with ashlar south front. Graduated green slate roofs and old brick chimney stacks. U-plan. Classical style with Gothick chapel. 2-storey west front re-faced c.1760. 3 + 1 + 3 bays, the centre bay recessed. Raised-and-chamfered quoins at left, band between storeys, eaves cornice and low parapet. Double flight of steps to central replaced door in Roman Doric surround. Venetian window above doorway; flanking 12-pane sashes in raised surrounds. Low-pitched hipped roof with ridge stacks. 2-storey, early C19 south front: 5 bays with projecting, pedimented 3-bay centre. Sill bands, eaves cornice and low parapet. Mainly replaced sashes in plain reveals: tripartite sashes, with Venetian windows above in raised surrounds, in end bays; 12-pane sashes on ground floor of 3-bay centre. Similar hipped roof. North front has 3-storey, 5-bay centre flanked by late C18 2-storey, full- height semicircular bows. Centre has 12- and 9-pane sashes in flush surrounds. Bows have sill strings and Venetian windows on both floors. Rubble wall built behind sashes when chapel inserted into east bow. Steep hipped roof. 2 sashes with radial heads, running through 2 storeys and lighting staircase hall, on rear of west range. Large pointed windows on 3-bay east side and one-bay south side of chapel. Interior: Several ground-floor rooms with fine Rococo plasterwork, carved chimney-pieces and panelled doors in architraves. Staircase, with ramped and wreathed handrail on stick balusters, starts in one flight and branches into two. Elaborate staircase hall ceiling with central goddess and cartouches in Doric frieze. Drawing-room ceiling with central eagle. Library fitted with mahogany bookcases in late C18. Dining room, in west bow of north range, has severe late C18 decoration: panelling with fluted pilasters, Roman Doric entablature with bucrania, enriched Venetian window surmounted by carved wyverns and doorways with broken pediments. Gothick chapel: 3 bays divided by thin clustered columns with tiny capitals carrying octapartite vaults with flat bosses; sanctuary in bow with canted sides and canopied niches; gallery at opposite end. Also several first-floor bedrooms with similar, though more restrained, c.1760 plasterwork, chimney-pieces and panelled doors. The Manor of Croxdale has been owned continuously by the Salvin family since 1402. (C. Hussey, "Croxdale Hall - County Durham", Country Life, Volume LXXXVI, August-September 1939).

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