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IoE Number: 57568
Photographer: Mr R.G. Noxon
Date Photographed: 10 July 2005
Date listed: 04 March 1969
Date of last amendment: 04 March 1969
Grade I

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SJ 67 NE GREAT BUDWORTH C.P. WARRINGTON ROAD East Side 6/102 Belmont Hall 4/3/69 - I Country House, now partly a school, 1755, initial design by James Gibbs, altered during construction. Stone-dressed Flemish bond brown brick; hipped slate roof. Main block has 3 storeys and 7 windows, symmetrical with recessed screen wall and pavilion (that to left rebuilt) to each side. Plain stone plinth and bands at 1st storey cill, first floor and 2nd storey cill levels; moulded stone cornice with flat 3-bay pediment bearing Smith Barry's arms and motto LEGES JURAQUE SERVE; parapet, now rendered, with projecting stone coping. 6-panel door with fanlight, now without glazing bars, in plain, slightly projecting 1-storey pedimented centrepiece of painted rusticated stonework; 12-pane sash to hall in eared and shouldered architrave to each side of door; round 2-storey brick bay window to drawing room and principal bedroom left and to study and principal bedroom right, each with 3 sashes per storey in eared and shouldered architraves, having octagonal central panes in each sash (c.f. Barlaston hall for Josiah Wedgewood, Staffordshire). Three 12-pane sashes in eared and shouldered architraves to 2nd storey between the bay windows, that at centre pedimented, those to sides with entablatures. The bay windows are contemporary but not Gibbsian, of header bond with moulded stone cornices and 4-course parapets with plain stone copings. The 3rd storey has 7 squarer 12-pane casements in eared and shouldered architraves without entablatures; brick chimneys, symmetrically placed. Each wing wall has central round-arched doorway in shouldered and eared timber architrave in pedimented case of rusticated stone; 2 recessed 12-pane sashes in round-arched recessed brick panels to each side of each porch. 6-panel door in right porch; left door removed; vase balustrades - portion over right bay of left screen removed. Right pavilion, formerly kitchen wing, has 2 storeys of 3 windows with 12-pane sashes in plain stone architraves; pedimented gable facing end of house; hipped graded grey slate roof; cupola at junction of ridges. The left pavilion is rebuilt in simplified form as a gymnasium. Left end elevation of main block has 3 window recesses per storey, blank except central window to 3rd storey. Right end elevation has short round-arched small-pane fixed light to lower landing and basket-arched small-pane sash to upper landing of secondary stair. A C19 room added to lower storey behind screen in right court. Damaged late Georgian balustrade to forecourt, with urns on piers and pair of panelled gateposts in each return, abuts inner corners of pavilions. Plain garden front without projection or recession has lengthened 15-pane sashes to 1st storey, their cases accommodated in recesses in the plinth, and 12-pane recessed sashes with rusticated keystone lintels and projecting stone cills to the 2nd and 3rd storeys; central door to garden in painted stone Gibbs surround, too narrow and clumsily executed. The interior justifies the grading, notably the plasterwork. Diagonal stone flag floors to hall and stair hall; oak boards to other lower storey rooms; 6-panel doors except replaced 4-panel door to stair, most with fielded panels and shouldered architraves with pulvinated entablatures; moulded skirtings and dado rails; embrasures with shutters. Hall has round-arched panelled doorway to stair with ornamental key; good rococo ceiling and ornate cornice; 2 doors to each side; painted stone mantel with head of Bacchus, vines, grapes, fruit, nuts and foliage in shouldered architrave; rococo plaster wall panels. Front drawing room, left, lighter in treatment than hall has good rococo wall panels and ceiling; mantel on classical figures left and right of fireplace and flowers, foliage and fruits; fine onamental panel with Chinese birds; rear drawing room, now more modest, formerly had tapestries. Study right of hall is richly decorated with carved mouldings to door-panels and architrave, carved skirting and dado rail, corner pilasters to window bay; pedimented overmantel with light, naturalistic flowers, foliage and fruit; coved cornice, decorated with a delicate running pattern of festoons; plain ceiling. Rear right room has inserted oak-panelled dado; heavy marble fireplace with mantel on flower-decorated -pilasters and consoles; replaced square-panelled ceiling with roses at intersections; the late Georgian room in the right wing has blocked fireplace with 2 putti-heads supporting mantel. Hardwood open-well open-string stair of 3 flights has carved brackets, moulded wreaths and ramped rail on 2 column-on-vase balusters per step; polished hardwood dado; cornice on consoles; rococo wall-panels including an outstanding stucco portrait medallion between the 2 windows; rococo ceiling. From landing short corridor leads to secondary dog-leg stone stair, right, rising through 4 flights from 1st to 3rd storey, with oak rail on iron balusters, round-arched fixed light to lower half landing and basket-arched sash to upper half-landing. Dressing-room over hall has coved cornice; iron fireplace with neo-classical group of 3 female figures and child; mantel on ornate architrave. Front bedroom, left, has rococo ceiling on ornate coved cornice; replaced fireplace. Rear room left is altered to accommodate stair to 3rd storey and pupils' lavatory. Front bedroom, right has frieze and cornice; mantel on console-pilasters with classical figures in panels of frieze. Rear room, right, has ornate mantel; frieze and cornice. Room in right wing, altered to provide staff lavatory, has frieze and cornice. The 3rd storey has no features of special interest.

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