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IoE Number: 164863
Location: GOOLE HALL, SWINEFLEET ROAD (south off)
Photographer: Mr Les Waby
Date Photographed: 07 April 2006
Date listed: 14 February 1967
Date of last amendment: 14 February 1967
Grade II*

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GOOLE FIELDS SWINEFLEET ROAD HUMBERSIDE BOOTHFERRY 5262 SE 72 SE (south side, off) 5/6 Goole Hall 14.2.67 GV II* House, now residential home. c1820 for Jarvis Empson; alterations and additions of 1985-6. Red brick in Flemish bond with sandstone ashlar dressings and stacks. Westmorland slate roof. Classical style. Rectangular on plan: double-depth, with 2-room central entrance-hall north front and stairhall to rear: C20 wings to returns. 2 storeys with basement, 2:1:2 bays, central bay breaks forward. Chamfered banded rustication to basement; ground-floor band. Flight of 7 stone steps with moulded nosings to large Ionic porch with fluted columns and pilasters carrying entablature with modillioned cornice, flat roof and balcony with delicate cast-iron balustrade of alternate wavy bars and panels below single top-rail. Wide 6- panelled door beneath ribbed frieze and fanlight with central carved fan motif in reveal and rusticated ashlar surround. Large 12-pane ground-floor sashes in reveals with flat lintels, projecting corniced hoods on scrolled consoles with acanthus ornament, and projecting sills over recessed panelled aprons bearing relief carvings of leaf fronds with central Maltese cross motif. First-floor band; narrower sill band. Smaller 12-pane first-floor sashes, that to centre with a pair of small panelled doors below, opening to porch balcony, and an ashlar architrave with hood on consoles; those to side bays with rubbed-brick cambered arches. Boldly-moulded cornice, blocking course. Flat roof, hipped to sides. Pairs of stacks to front and rear, with ashlar shafts (that to front left rendered and incised in imitation of ashlar), moulded ashlar string courses, moulded cornices, blocking courses and square-section pots. Left return, of 6 bays with C20 wing adjoining basement to left: three 16-pane basement sashes with sills and rubbed-brick cambered arches; ground and first-floor windows similar to front but without carving to the aprons; blind windows to first 2 bays. Right return: door and 3 windows to basement, three 12-pane ground-floor sashes, one first- floor sash, all in plain reveals with cambered brick arches. South garden front, of 1:1:1 bays, with central bay breaking forward: 20-pane basement sashes, ground-floor band, central rubbed-brick half-domed niche with ashlar pedestal for former sculpture, large 12-pane sashes to side bays; first- floor band and sill band cut by large tripartite ashlar stair window containing sashes with glazing bars in architrave and panelled pilastered surround with projecting sill, cornice and blocking course; 12-pane first- floor sashes; all sashes with sills and rubbed-brick cambered arches. Interior. Entrance hall: ribbed achitrave to front door, pair of fitted marble side tables on ornate cast-iron brackets, painted wooden Roman Ionic screen with pair of columns and flanking pilasters carrying marbled entablature with modillioned cornice; moulded plaster cornice and coved ceiling with central oil painting on canvas of mythological figures against Continued ..... Goole Hall continued ..... sky background. Stairhall: fine open well cantilevered stone staircase with cast-iron balustrade of alternating wavy bars and panels with fleur-de-lys motif, ribbed architrave to stair window with Maltese cross ornament and entablature with moulded cornice. Hall has flagstone floor with black insets and walls painted in imitation of ashlar. North-east room: grey marble chimney-piece with attached ribbed columns, festooned capitals and ribbed frieze; fine plasterwork frieze with vines and figures of young Bacchus and girl gathering grapes in high relief, moulded cornice with Greek key frieze. North-west room: fine coved plasterwork frieze with figures of Bacchus and gryphon, scrolled foliage and flowers in high relief, moulded cornice with interlaced guilloche frieze; damaged foliate ceiling rose. South-west room: good white warble chimney-piece with tapered ribbed columns on claw feet, foliate capitals and entablature with carved wreaths and strapwork ornament to frieze; ceiling, divided into 7 recessed panels (formerly containing oil paintings on canvas), with mutilated modillioned cornice, concealed by suspended ceiling at time of resurvey. Open well back staircase with ashlar treads, plain balusters and ramped handrail. Upper stairhall has wide elliptical arch with panelled pilasters, archivolt and panelled soffit, bold ribbed cornice (partly concealed by suspended ceiling) with egg-and-dart and bead-and-pellet mouldings, large acanthus and pineapple ceiling rose. Coved cornices to first-floor side passages and central front room; latter has imitation warble blockwork wall painting. 6-fielded-and-beaded-panel doors in architraves and panelled reveals throughout; windows in architraves with horizontal-sliding shutters. 6-fielded-panel door to first floor east has paintings of mythological figures, one inscribed: E Empson Goole June 17th 1824 Pair of painted fronts to arched alcoves, decorated with oak-leaf garlands in similar style, not in situ at time of resurvey. It is likely that some, or all, of the ceiling paintings are also by amateur artist Elizabeth Empson, who lived at the Hall. The former ceiling paintings, much damaged by damp, are deposited with Scunthorpe Museum. The Maltese cross motif used at the Hall is derived from the Empson arms, which appear on a C18 tombstone at Burying Hill nearby (qv). A distinguished building, with good interior details. Undergoing renovation and alteration at time of resurvey.

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