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IoE Number: 408798
Photographer: Mr Don Brownlow
Date Photographed: 08 April 2003
Date listed: 22 December 1969
Date of last amendment: 22 December 1969
Grade I

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BELFORDBELFORDNU 113416/83Belford Hall22.12.69GVI

BELFORD BELFORD NU 1134 16/83 Belford Hall 22.12.69 GV I Country house, now divided into flats. 1754-56 by James Paine for Abraham Dixon; wings and rear entrance added 1818 by John Dobson for William Clark. Ashlar with Scottish slate roof. Palladian style. Centre block, 2 storeys with high basement, 5 bays. Balustraded steps up to central doorway in the piano nobile. Pedimented 3-bay centre breaks forward slightly and has 4 giant engaged Ionic columns with 2 flanking giant Ionic pilasters. Paired similar pilasters at each end. Rusticated basement with four 6-pane sashes. Doorway in architrave with pulvinated frieze and semicircular pediment.12-pane sashes with sill string. Outer bays have eared chambranlé architraves, pediments and balustraded aprons; a bold string links the pediments. 6-pane sashes on top floor. Dentilled cornice, hipped roof with 2 tall corniced ridge stacks. Dobson's wings, remarkably sympathatic in style, 3 bays with one-bay end pavilions. Tall rusticated basement, 12-pane sashes. Pavilion windows have cornices on brackets. Dentilled cornice. Pavilions have small 6-pane sash above the cornice. Pyramidal roofs. Rear entrance has tetrastyle Ionic porch in antis. 3-storey tower features flank the porch and are themselves flanked by 1½-storey, 3-bay sections. Interior largely gutted for renovation at time of survey. Fragments of Paine plasterwork retained behind replacement ceilings. 2 marble fireplaces with Ionic columns; Dobson staircase with cast-iron balusters to be replaced after restoration. Summer house (q.v.) is in Easington Parish.

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