SE4017 : Stables Entrance, Nostell Priory

taken 4 years ago, near to Wragby, Wakefield, Great Britain

Stables Entrance, Nostell Priory
Stables Entrance, Nostell Priory
The stable block consist of four ranges enclosing a rectangular courtyard. The south and west ranges were built 1770-1776 by Robert Adam; the north and east ranges 1827-1829 by James Pritchett and Charles Watson of York.

The stable block has undergone major renovation and is now open as a visitor centre for house and parkland. It is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage ID:435935 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

The entrance block is in the form of a giant round-headed archway. On the centre of the roof is a two-stage clock tower (built to original design of Robert Adam) with a square-sectioned tapered first stage containing clock faces on all sides. Above this a circular Tuscan bellcote with lead-clad dome surmounted by a finial weathervane.
Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory is an elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion set in hundreds of acres of parkland. It takes its name from a 12th century monastery which was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1540. The land passed through several owners until it was bought by the Winn family in 1654, with plans to build a new country house. After the Civil War they supported the monarchy and were rewarded by Charles II with a baronetcy in 1660.

Building the mansion began around 1733. Rowland Winn, the 4th Baronet, hired James Paine to supervise the work and he worked on the house for the next 30 years, using an ornate rococo style. In 1765 Rowland Winn, the 5th Baronet, inherited. He and his Swiss wife Sabine employed Robert Adam to finish the house in the neoclassical style. Adam was commissioned to design additional wings, only one of which was completed, and complete the state rooms. He added a double staircase to the front of the house, and designed buildings on the estate, including the stable block. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to decorate the interiors and, as a result, Nostell has one of the largest and finest Chippendale collections in the country.

The House, which is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage ID: LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) was given to the National Trust in 1953.

LinkExternal link Nostell Priory and Parkland (National Trust Visitor Information)
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Date Taken
Friday, 13 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 4047 1743 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:39.1087N 1:23.3515W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 4048 1746
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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