Hewell Grange

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Hewell Grange
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Hewell Grange
General information
Town or city Tardebigge
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Construction started 1884
Completed 1891
Client Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth
Design and construction
Architect George Frederick Bodley & Thomas Garner
Designations Grade II* listed
This article is about the country house and estate. For Hewell Prison, see Hewell (HM Prison).

Hewell Grange is a country house in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, England. "One of the most important late 19th century country houses in England",[1] the mansion was built in 1884-91 by George Frederick Bodley & Thomas Garner for the Earl of Plymouth. Constructed in the Jacobethan[1] style, it was "perhaps the last Victorian prodigy house."[1] It is a Grade II* listed building.[2] The park was developed by both Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton[3] and is on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI).

Origins[edit]

The land was originally part of the estates of Bordesley Abbey. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries the property passed to Thomas Windsor Hickman.

Development[edit]

The estate remained a seat of the Windsor-Clive family (who were made Earls of Plymouth) until it was sold to the state in the 20th century. There are several ruins of earlier houses on the estate, and a large number of listed buildings, structures and statues.[4]

Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth (1857–1923) commissioned Bodley and Garner to build the current house in 1884–91.

The ruin of the Old Grange built by Thomas Cundy

The House[edit]

The House is of Cheshire Red Sandstone[5] with a tile roof. It is of an Elizabethan E-plan, modelled on Montacute House, Somerset.[3] The exterior is Jacobethan, of three storeys, the interior Italianate.[5] The house is dominated by the massive Great Hall, comprising half the total space of the house.[6] The elaborate decoration is largely "well-preserved."[6] The Chapel in the porch contains carving by Detmar Blow.[2]

Prison[edit]

Main article: Hewell (HM Prison)

The house was used as a Borstal from 1946 to 1991, when it became HM Prison Hewell Grange, a Category D open prison.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brooks & Pevsner, p. 625
  2. ^ a b "The National Heritage List for England | English Heritage". List.english-heritage.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  3. ^ a b Brooks & Pevsner, p. 626
  4. ^ Good Stuff IT Services. "Search: +Hewell +Grange". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  5. ^ a b Good Stuff IT Services (1903-08-15). "Hewell Grange - Tutnall And Cobley - Worcestershire - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  6. ^ a b Brooks & Pevsner, p. 627

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Coordinates: 52°19′17″N 1°59′35″W / 52.3214°N 1.9931°W / 52.3214; -1.9931