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IoE Number: 382546
Photographer: Mr Geoffrey Carver
Date Photographed: 04 August 1999
Date listed: 05 February 1952
Date of last amendment: 17 June 1994
Grade II*

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LICHFIELD SK11SW AUCHINLECK DRIVE, Stowe 1094-1/1/247 (South side) 05/02/52 Stowe Hill (Formerly Listed as: STOWE HILL Stowe Hill Mansion) GV II* House. 1750s. For Elizabeth Aston. Brick with ashlar dressings; hipped tile roof with panelled brick stacks. PLAN: double-depth plan with L-plan service wing. EXTERIOR: early Georgian style. North-east, entrance, front of 2 storeys, 5-window range. Quoins and top frieze with entablature blocks to angles. Entrance has Tuscan distyle-in-antis porch with frieze and cornice, overlight and side lights to 6-fielded-panel door. C19 canted bay window to left of entrance, and 2 windows with rubbed brick flat arches and 6/9-pane sashes to right; windows to 1st floor have rubbed brick flat arches over 9-pane sashes. C18 rainwater head and downspout. Single-storey service wing to right has 3 windows with 6/9-pane sashes and one to return of wing, which has garage door and attached square outhouse. Returns have similar windows and hipped dormers, that to left has early C19 bow-fronted conservatory with hipped roof and small-paned glazing. Garden front has central full-height bow with 3 windows to each floor. Stone-coped plinth cut by tall windows, 1st floor sill band and top cornice with stone-coped brick parapet with urns to angles and balustrade to bow with 4 urns; quoins. Windows have eared architraves, those to ground floor of bow with 8-pane sashes and 6/9-pane sashes to flanking windows; those to 1st floor with 12-pane sashes. INTERIOR: open-well staircase has twisted balusters and moulded handrail; rooms have cornices, one with modillioned cornice and Adam-style fireplace with coloured marbles, another with Adam-style pine fireplace. Although set apart from other buildings of interest in the area, the house forms an important element in the landscape, especially in the view from the Cathedral and Stowe Pool. (Victoria History of the County of Stafford: Greenslade M W: Lichfield: Oxford: 1990-: 72).

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