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IoE Number: 406072
Location: WOOTTON LODGE,
  RAMSHORN, EAST STAFFORDSHIRE, STAFFORDSHIRE
Photographer: Mr John Lewis
Date Photographed: 01 October 2007
Date listed: 10 January 1953
Date of last amendment: 10 January 1953
Grade I

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SK 04 SERAMSHORN C.P.WOOTTON PARK4/145Wootton Lodge10/1/53

SK 04 SE RAMSHORN C.P. WOOTTON PARK 4/145 Wootton Lodge 10/1/53 GV I Country house. c1600 with later alterations and additions. Perhaps by Robert Smythson, for Sir Richard Fleetwood. Ashlar; nearly flat lead covered roof; ashlar stacks. Small late Elizabethan prodigy house. 3 storeys on basement with moulded eaves cornice to balustraded parapet and ashlar stacks, the lower parts of square section, the upper part moulded, squat, and of circular section, surmounted by slim crenellated shafts; 5-bay front with full-height 3-sided angled bays to left and right, and central project- ing porch bay, mullioned basement windows and mullioned and transomed upper windows with ovolo mouldings, the 2 canted bays have 2:3:2 vertical lights, the other windows have 4 vertical lights, those to ground floor have one transom, those to first and second floor have 2 transoms, hood moulds to all windows continued as strings; central round headed entrance arch approached by a sweeping flight of balustraded steps of c1700 and flanked by paired fluted Ionic columns to entablature which is surmounted by pared obelisks flanking the coat of arms of Sir Richard Fleetwood. South front: 3 storeys; 1:3:1 bays, central recess with flanking arms, the right hand one has a 3-storey bow window with moulded cornice and balustraded parapet continued to each side, that to the left, together with the central recess has a plain coped parapet; mullioned and transomed windows with ovolo moulding, those to the right have 2 transoms and 3:4:3 vertical lights, the left have one transom and 4 vertical lights, those to the central recess have one transom and 2 vertical lights, hood moulds to all windows continued as strings. Sir Richard Fleetwood's coat of arms bears the red hand of Ulster and so Wootton Lodge cannot date from before 1612, the year in which James I gave baronets the right to bear it. Wootton Lodge is one of a group of buildings of late C16/ early C17 date associated with Robert Smythson which have half-base- ments usually containing the kitchen and offices and large mullioned and transomed windows dominating the elevation, e.g. Wollaton Hall, Nottingham (1580-8) and Hardwick Hall, Yorks.(1590-7). Some, like Wootton, are very high in relation to breadth. The nearest parallels are Barlborough in Derbys. of 1584-5, Heath Hall in Yorks. of 1585 and Gawthorpe in Lancs. of c1600-5; Burton Agnes in Yorks. which also has the arrangement of 3-sided bay window and a bow window paired at each corner was built by a cousin of Sir Richard Fleetwood and is connected with Robert Smythson by the presence of a plan of it amongst his drawings. C:L.(1959.)PP. 522-525, 596-599; B.O.E. pp 327-8.

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