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© Mr Peter D. Brown ARPS DPAGB

IoE Number: 187551
Location: THE KNOLL, GLEBE ROAD (east side)
  OADBY, OADBY AND WIGSTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Peter D. Brown ARPS DPAGB
Date Photographed: 29 August 1999
Date listed: 26 June 1987
Date of last amendment: 26 June 1987
Grade II

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OADBYSP60 SWGLEBE ROAD (East Side)2/5The Knoll

OADBY SP60 SW GLEBE ROAD (East Side) 2/5 The Knoll GV II Large house. 1907 by W.H. Bidlake, for W.H. Winterton. Brick with diaper work and stone dressings (quoins copings, etc.) and Swithland slate roof. Consistent Jacobean style. 3 storeyed. Entrance front to north off the courtyard, balanced asymmetry of 6 bays. 2 narrow left hand bays terminate in small coped gables and contain random fenestration with 3 light stone mullioned windows in the gable apex and one at first floor level. 4-centred arched "back" door below. Central gabled range is recessed behind full height flat roofed section with embattled parapet. The staircase is given external expression to the left in this section where the wall is blank until first floor height, where there are paired 4-light mullioned and transomed windows. Smaller paired windows at each floor in the third bay. The porch projects forward in a narrow full height gable, coped and with finials. Wide 4-centred arched doorway with the date above it. Applied strapwork decoration and low relief obelisks etc. in a mannerist style. An oriel bay window is corbelled out above. Fine door furniture. Expressed chimney stack in right hand bay. The side (west) elevation exploits the sloping site with its full height canted bay window which is raised on an open loggia on Doric columns at basement level. Garden front is almost symmetrically handled, there being just enough variation in detail to express the different internal spaces. 5 bays, the outer project as gabled wings, with full height canted bay window to left and squared bay window to the right, both with stone mullions and transoms. The central bay is a narrow gable which projects beyond the eaves line. In. it is a small 4-centred arched doorway at ground floor, then it is blank until the attic storey where there is a 4 light mullioned and transomed window at the gable apex. The outer bays here are identical, both relating to the central hall and with mullioned and transomed windows on each floor of 4 and 6 lights. This showpiece elevation with its near symmetry is flanked by a recessed bay to the left with narrow gable, containing in its side elevation the. canted bay of the western gable, and to the right by a lower service range:, but both these are sufficiently recessed as to enable the central elevation ta be read as an integral block. Throughout, all the detailing, leadwork to rainwater goods, etc., follow through the historicist character of the house. Inside the house is revealed as an idealisation of the hunting lodge. A massive entrance hall contains a wide inglenook with copper fire hood. with repoussé work and old Delft tiles. Low relief plaster frieze of dancing figures, wood panelling. The stair winds round behind the inglenook, and folding doors give access to the drawing room which has wood panelling and plasterwork in a Jacobean style, and a small inglenook with shell motif in panelling above. Panelling and plasterwork with vine scroll decoration also in dining room. Groin vaulted corridors at first floor level.

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