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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1323010



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Gainford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 07-Jan-1952

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 111074

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NZ 1616 - 1716 GAINFORD LOW ROAD (West side, off)

9/121 Gainford Hall 7.1.52 GV I

Manor house, c.1603 for John Cradock, Vicar of Gainford, restored in late C19. Sandstone rubble with alternating flush quoins; pantiled roof with up to 5 courses of sandstone flags at eaves; restored ashlar stacks. Tall, nearly square plan with central gabled projections (those to front and rear full-height porches, those to returns stair towers). Internal split-level double-pile plan with 4-storey rear and 2-storey plus basement front. Double-chamfered stone- mullioned windows, some transomed, of varying widths.

3-bay front. 3-storey porch: 8 steps to round-headed doorway-in elaborate doorcase with fluted pilasters, entablature with initials I.C., and shaped pediment with shield, strapwork and finials; 5-light windows with 2-light returns to first and second floors. Gable has moulded coping and finials. Walls flanking porch: basement has four 2-light windows; ground floor has 6-light hall window to left and 3-light window to right; first floor has two 3-light windows. Roof: 3 steeply-pitched ridges, parallel to front, have slightly-projecting eaves. Central ridge has groups of 4-3-4- conjoined and corniced stacks. Left return has 3 gables; 4-storey left bay, 3-storey stair tower and right bay; basement doorway with chamfered jambs and basket-arched lintel; similar 3- and 4-light windows. Gables have moulded coping and finials. Right return similar; stair tower has blocked opening with Tudor-arched head. Rear has 4-storey porch with C20 part-glazed door in chamfered surround under restored Tudor-arched head; 4 light window above; worn tablet in Ionic aedicule has shield and initials IC MC RC and'date 1600(?); two 4 light windows above, upper window under hoodmould. Gable has moulded coping and finials. Flanking walls have similar windows.

Interior: stone-flagged passage leads from rear service range, via flight of stone steps, into hall. Hall has early C17 oak panelling, several 8-panel doors, segmental-arched fireplace and plaster frieze. Dining room has similar panelling and moulded ceiling cornice. Great Chamber above hall, now subdivided, has Tudor-arched fireplace. Closed-well west staircase of stone. East staircase never completed. First floor apartment open to roof trusses possibly intended as a gallery.

Attached outbuildings to rear not of special interest.

Gainford Hall is highly sophisticated in plan and elevation and has been tentatively attributed to Robert Smythson.

G.A. Fothergill, "Gainford Hall", The Antiquary, May 1910,

Listing NGR: NZ1682416854

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Books and journals
'The Antiquary' in May, (1910)

National Grid Reference: NZ 16824 16854


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