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©  Lorna Freeman

IoE Number: 60374
Photographer: Lorna Freeman
Date Photographed: 17 September 2007
Date listed: 14 June 1952
Date of last amendment: 14 June 1952
Grade II

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WILTONWILTONNZ 51 NE7/108Wilton Castle14.6.52G.V.II

WILTON WILTON NZ 51 NE 7/108 Wilton Castle 14.6.52 G.V. II Country house, c.1810 by Sir Robert Smirke for Sir John Lowther. North porch, east wing and pavilion, and extension to west pavilion, c.1886. On site of C14 castle of Bulmer family. Now offices of I.C.I. Plc. Margin-tooled dressed sandstone; Welsh slate roofs. Symmetrical. Gothick style. 2 and 3 storeys with attics and basement. 15-bay north entrance front with 5-bay centre and 2-storey, 5-bay wings. Slightly-projecting 4-storey, one-bay central tower has 2-storey projecting porch with diagonal buttresses. 8-panel double doors in Tudor-arched moulded surround under hoodmould and blank tablet in panel above. Centre has projecting gabled end bays with 2-storey canted bay windows, flanked by embattled octagonal stair turrets. Chamfered mullioned-and-transomed windows, pointed on first floor, some with hoodmoulds: sashes with glazing bars, casements in end bays. Wings have buttresses between bays and similar windows with casements. Left wing has similar turret at end. Right wing has blocked 2-centred carriage arch in end bay and similar turret, between 4th and end bays, linked to projecting screen wall. All turrets: 3 stages with lancets, and strings between stages. Embattled parapets; corniced ridge and end stacks. Short turret rises from middle of right-wing roof. Embattled 2-bay screen wall, with turrets defining the bays, has pointed doorway and mock window, under hoodmoulds, at left, and chamfered Tudor-arched carriage opening under carved Lowther arms, at right. Blind cross arrowloops in spandrels. Rear garden front: similar, but with gable over centre bay; one-storey, 3-bay right wing, 2-storey, 5 bay left wing, and one-bay end pavilions with diagonal buttresses. Altered central doorway; porch missing. Pointed doorways, in inner returns of end bays of centre, give access to stair turrets. 2-storey one-bay extension adjoins west end of left pavilion. Interior: central entrance hall has oak panelling, fluted frieze and dentil cornice; quasi-Ionic chimney piece. Dining room, ballroom and entrance hall have Jacobean-style panelled ceilings. Dogleg staircase, at east end, has turned balusters, moulded handrail, key-moulded string and newel post with ball finial.

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