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IoE Number: 382392
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Date listed: 29 April 1952
Date of last amendment: 21 August 1985
Grade I

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In the entry for: SK 39 NE WENTWORTH WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE 4/131 Stable Block and Riding School (formerly listed 29.4.52 with Westworth Woodhouse) GV II The address shall be amended to read; WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE Stable Block and Riding School (formerly listed with Wentworth Woodhouse) The grade shall be amended to read: Grade I. ------------------------------------ SK39NE WENTWORTH WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE 4/131 Stable Block and Riding School (formerly listed 29.4.52 with Westworth Woodhouse) GV II Stable block and riding school now part of college of further education. Started 1766 and in use by 1779, riding school completed 1789 (Wragg); converted to present use c1950. By John Carr of York for Charles Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham; completed for his nephew the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam. Ashlar and dressed sandstone, Westmorland slate roof. Quadrangular plan with riding school set behind to rear right. Palladian style. Front elevation: 2 storeys, 3-storey towers; 15 bays. Plinth. Rusticated quoins. Central portico and bays 4 and 12 break forward and are rusticated. Portico: paired Tuscan columns flank tall, round-arched carriage entrance retaining contemporary iron gates; arch with impost band and console-shaped keystone. Plain frieze, heavy mutules to pediment. Ridge surmounted by a drum with clock, side-wall sundials and colonnaded cupola with ball finial. Outer bays each have a tall sash with glazing bars and a small 6-pane casement above, all within round-arched panel; continuous impost band to archivolts. Mutule cornice. Bays 4 and 12 rise as towers each with blind balustrade beneath 6-pane sash; cornice to hipped roof with central stack. Balustrades link towers with portico. Hipped roof with ridge and end stacks. Quadrangle: many doorways with original panelled doors in architraves with pulvinated friezes and cornices. Ground-floor openings in round- arched panels; piers retain tethering rings and lead downpipes with griffin emblems. Rear range: 15 bays; central 7 bays are 2-storey, other bays single-storey. Pedimented and part-rusticated central bay breaks forward as do bays 5 and 11. Central doorway with fanlight and archivolt with console-shaped keystone. Flanking ground-floor bays originally with large round-arched carriage entrances now glazed. Band beneath 3 iron lanterns. 1st-floor windows are 6-pane sashes in architraves. Modillioned cornice. Innermost single-storey bays have doorways, other bays have sashes with glazing bars. Moulded cornice with blocking course. Side ranges: also 15 bays. Part-rusticated central bays break forward and rise as hipped-roof towers. Other bays single-storey: bays 4 and 12 also break forward and have pediments. Doors to principal bays otherwise round-arched sashes with glazing bars, archway through central bay of western side. Riding school to rear: tall, single-storey block, lit by lunettes beneath eaves. Interior: front range least altered,retaining feeding racks in round- arched niches, stalls removed, disposition of upper-floor rooms unchanged. Other ranges converted for present use, riding school forming gymnasium. R. B. Wragg, "The Life and Works of John Carr of York: Palladian Architect', unpub.thesis, 1975, University of Sheffield, vol 2, ch.IV.

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