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IoE Number: 271611
Location: WESTON HALL AND SERVICE WINGS TO NORTH AND EAST,
  BLYMHILL AND WESTON UNDER LIZARD, SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE, STAFFORDSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Clive Shenton
Date Photographed: 14 October 2005
Date listed: 16 May 1953
Date of last amendment: 16 May 1953
Grade I

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SJ 81 SWWESTON UNDER LIZARD C.P.WESTON PARK.4/43Weston Hall and service16.5.53wings to North and East.

SJ 81 SW WESTON UNDER LIZARD C.P. WESTON PARK. 4/43 Weston Hall and service 16.5.53 wings to North and East. GV I Country House, 1670s, attributed to Lady Wilbraham, with alterations and additions of early, mid and late C19. Red brick and stone dressings; lead roof invisible behind parapet; large, blind arcaded centre stacks. 'U' shaped, C17 plan, open to North, court now filled in by additions. South front of 1671, formerly entrance front; 3 storey on cellars 2-3-1-3-2 bays of glazing bar sashes; central entrance, moulded plinth, stone bands at first and second floor level; projecting bays to ends and centre with quoins, rising at ends to open segmental pediment on cyma recta cornice with acanthus enrichment and oeil-de-boeuf to tympanum; centre bay all of stone taken flush to cornice and balustraded parapet running between pediments; window surrounds of various designs in a symmetrical arrangement, moulded, shouldered with keystone or cornice; enriched surround to french casement doors with corbelled consoles to break angled cornice. East front: Re-fronted as entrance mid C19, but retaining much C17 work. 3-3-3 bays in glazing bar sashes; central entrance. Quoins to angles and centre projection taken up to pediment with stone cartouche in tympanum; stone bands (swan-necked at angles to match with other fronts) at first and second floor levels; balustraded parapet run up to pediment; Hexastyle porte cochère to width of centre projection in Tuscan columns with tetrastyle central break to frieze, cornice and balustraded parapet; window surrounds similar to South front; simpler with elliptical arch surrounds to outer windows to ground and first floor of centre projection and rusticated ashlar apron to upper window of centre bay; glazed double door with moulded surround. West front: 1-1-1-3-1-1-1 in glazing bar sashes, three sided projecting stone centre bay and centre side bays, the former probably mid C19, the latter more likely C17; quoins to angles and projections, bands at first and second floor levels, blocking course parapet, balustraded over projections; window surrounds similar to East front. North front has pediments as South front and C19 service wings running North; further wing, stone faced, to South, of two storey 7-2 bays, running East of entrance; projection at end, balustraded parapet, 4 pane sashes, 3 with pedimented heads; brickwork and steeply pitched roof visible to parallel C18 range on South side. Interior: Entrance Hall: Roman Doric tetrastyle colonade to right of entrance, pilastered surrounds to arched openings to stair hall. C20 frieze of egg and dart, Acanthus and Anthemion. Stair Hall: Chequer pattern marble floor, Ionic pilasters to entrance hall openings and arches to inner halls, corniced door surrounds, coffered lower ceiling, C19 marble stair running against entrance axis; open string scrolled under treads with three curtail steps to wrought iron rinceau pattern balustrade with occasional lyre uprights; continued as balustrade to landing; Ionic pilastered tripartite window over stairs and Ionic colonade to landing. Tapestry Room: Mid C19 mixed Gothic and classical cornice of trefoil and anthemion; fireplace mid C19 in marble; ram headed terms to angles; inner surround of entwined flowers and egg and dart; Chimaera to frieze, cornice, quadranted over terms. Drawing Room: 4 bay length sited over entrance axis of C17 house; mid C19 dentilled and modillioned, patera and egg and dart cornice implies apse to East end with Ionic pilasters below; marble fireplace, pilastered surround and rinceau frieze to cornice. Library: 3 bay length painted and dragged walls to imitate wood; Corinthian colonade to East and West, forming entrance passages bearing frieze and modillioned cornice; marble fireplace, reeded surround to fleurons at angles; built-in bookcases with key frieze. Dining Hall: Re-modelled in C19 from two floors, 1-3-1 bays projecting to centre, pedimented door heads, re-used dado and C20 plasterwork, mid C19 fireplace, marble ,similar to Tapestry Room but larger: Lion terms, Lyre and Dragon frieze. Cornice and architectonic overmantel of coloured marbles with consoles to pilastered centre panel. Salons: Outer and Inner formerly Billiard and Smoking Rooms, both late C19, arched screen to Inner Hall, outer Salon with coved ceiling and glazed centre panels, dentilled cornice; Fasci and Sphinx heads to combined fireplace and pedimented mirror overmantel all in light relief, keyed, blind arched surround, lyre panel over doors to inner Salon in Adamesque style plasterwork, including arched recesses. C19 Breakfast Room and Apsidal Music Room follow to North East of entrance to Service Wing. Extensive cellars below main house, vaulted in brick, some sandstone walling; Wine Room complete with 2 layers of arched brick bins.

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