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IoE Number: 399989
Photographer: Mr David J Lewis LRPS
Date Photographed: 16 October 1999
Date listed: 01 February 1956
Date of last amendment: 01 February 1956
Grade II*

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ST 76 NWKELSTONKELSTON PARK4/108Kelston Park and adjoining ServiceWing and Coach-house and South1.2.56Retaining Wall

ST 76 NW KELSTON KELSTON PARK 4/108 Kelston Park and adjoining Service Wing and Coach-house and South 1.2.56 Retaining Wall G.V. II* Country house. Circa 1760's by John Wood, the Younger, of Bath for Sir Caesar Hawkins, physician to the King. Ashlar with a hipped slate roof (now tarred) behind a parapet and moulded cornice; ashlar stacks with cornice. 2 storeys, basement and attics. 2:1:2 bays: the centre projects slightly and is surmounted by a pediment. Glazing bar sash windows in moulded architraves, with cornice and cill on brackets on ground floor; the central first floor window is tripartite and has a central swan-neck pediment. Central projecting porch of paired Tuscan columns with alternate blocking stones, plain frieze, cornice and balustraded parapet; central panelled door in round-headed opening. To the right is a 3 storey, single bay section which links the house to the service wing and coach-house. The north elevation of the service wing and coach-house consists of two 2 storey and 4 bay blocks of ashlar with hipped slate roofs set back behind a parapet and cornice; glazing bar sash windows, some blocked to the left. The blocks are linked by single storey wings and a central archway with imposts and keystones, surmounted by a broken pediment. The west elevation of the coach-house has 2:3:2 bays; the centre 3 bays are advanced and are surmounted by a pediment which has a circular window in the tympanum; glazing bar sash windows on first floor; 3 round-headed coach entries to the centre and 2-light round-headed casement window and a panelled door under an overlight to the sides. The east elevation of the coach-house is similar but it has a central panelled door flanked by round-headed 2-light casements. The south elevation of the house has 5 bays: glazing bar sash windows in architraves with frieze and cornice on ground floor and later blind boxes. The ground floor is reached from a terrace which has a rusticated retaining pierced by 4 arches; central flight of steps and balustraded parapets with panelled piers. Set back 2 storey linking block (with a Venetian window on the ground floor) at left adjoins the south elevations of service wing and coach-house. These elevations consist of outer blocks with 4 glazing bar sash windows and central block, slightly recessed, but with an advanced centre to the first floor which has a Venetian window under a pediment. Interior. Most of the original plasterwork, fireplaces and doors survive. Entrance Hall: 2 Ionic columns at top of stairs; enriched dentilled cornice; raised and fielded panel doors in lugged architraves with open pediments; cantilever dog-leg stair with enriched cast-iron balustrade. Lounge (drawing room) to south: panelled plaster ceiling with a circular centre and a modillioned cornice; walls with moulded dado and wall panels and pier glasses; enriched carved fireplace with Corinthian columns and an overmantel with a landscape scene; through an archway with paired Ionic columns and enriched swags is an inner room with a dentilled cornice and a second fireplace with overmantel. Library or office to north-east: panelled ceiling with an octagonal centre and a modillioned cornice, much guilloche moulding; marble fireplace and carved surround. The four main bedrooms on the first floor each retain moulded cornices and enriched fireplaces, two with overmantels (one bearing a portrait).

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