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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: 1041106



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

County District District Type Parish
NorthamptonshireSouth NorthamptonshireDistrict AuthorityPaulerspury

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 01-Dec-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Jun-1987

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UID: 234546

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PAULERSPURY A5 SP74NW (East sidej 4/36 The Chain Gate and lodges and 01/12/51 attached quadrant walls, piers, standards and chains (Formerly listed as Chain Lodge on Watling Street)

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Gateway and lodges. 1822-3 by John Raffield for third Earl Pomfret. Limestone ashlar and Coade stone, rendered brick, concealed lead roofs. Central gateway joined to one-unit lodges by colonnades. Gateway has round-headed arch with imposts and console keyblock flanked by unfluted Corinthian columns supporting entablature with cock's head crest in frieze above columns, a blank panel above with arch and topped by swagged urns either side of arms of Earl Pomfret with lion supporters, earl's coronet and motto "HORA E SEMPRE". Capitals, crests, urns and arms of Coade stone, the latter inscribed on base "CROGGAN/LATE COADE" to left, "LONDON" to right and 1822 in middle. Lower 5-bay colonnades extend either side of gateway to lodges either end, the central bay of each wider with pedestrian gate and incised panel lintel; unfluted columns, composed capitals in Adam style, full entablature with bucrania in frieze above columns either side of central bay which is topped by large oval urn, flanked by swagged urns, all of Coade stone. Ornamental gates and railings of cast iron with spear finials. Square one-storey one-window lodges have round-headed sash-windows with imposts, recessed in round-headed arches. Plinth, moulded within arches. Moulded sill band within arches. Frieze and cornice, blocking cornice with acroteria and reclining deer facing outwards in Coade stone. Sides of lodges are rendered to imitate ashlar and have 4-panel doors to inner sides behind colonnades. Elevations to park similar to front but topped by large Coade stone urns with flame finials. Quadrant walls of rendered brick, stone coped, extend from lodges to stone piers with attached low cast-iron standards supporting chains which form boundary to area of grass either side of drive. Design exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825, constructed as the principal entrance to the park of Easton Neston house and now also the main entrance to Towcester racecourse. (Buildings of England Northamptonshire, p.205; Howard Colvin, 'A Dictionary of British Architects', 2nd Edition, 1978, p.669).

Listing NGR: SP7042947618

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Colvin, H M, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (1978), 669
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, (1973), 205

National Grid Reference: SP 70429 47618


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