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Kiftsgate Court, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

This is Kiftsgate Court in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. It is south west from Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

We came here for an afternoon in the gardens (Kiftsgate Court Gardens).

 

This is the late 19th century manor house.

 

After a rainy day before I was glad we got out, on what turned out to be a lovely warm afternoon.

 

The house is not viewable to the general public (it is still lived in by the owners, who maintain the garden.

 

A history of Kiftsgate Court www.kiftsgate.co.uk/history.shtml

 

Kiftsgate Court was built in 1887-91 by Sydney Graves Hamilton who owned the large manor house in Mickleton, An ancestor of his, Walwyn Graves (1744-1813), had built a Georgian front with a high portico on to Mickleton Manor, and it was this facade which was moved bodily up to the new site on Glyde Hill to become Kiftsgate Court. A special light railway was constructed up the elm avenue to do this and the records state that it was 'all to be done in the best manner possible and none but the very best material used'. Unfortunately a large Victorian back was built behind the Georgian facade.

 

It is a Grade II listed building.

 

Facade Kiftsgate Court. Late C18. Remainder of house was built in

a Cl7 style between 1887-91, and is not of listable quality.

Facade built for Walwyn Graves (born 1744, died 1813). Ashlar

garden facade, extending around gable end of projecting wing, left,

along right wall of wing, then at right angles along rear of main

body of house projecting forwards slightly at centre continuing

around its right gable end. 2 storeys with piano nobile. Gable

end of projecting wing left comprises single storey portico

supported by 8 Ionic columns, at front, with one single and one

engaged column to either side. Stone balustrade links the columns,

broken for access at sides. Parapet over portico. Twin gabled,

gable end behind portico with moulded eaves cornice with dentil

decoration and string which continue around right wall and across

facade of main body. Two, 2-light sashes with horns with moulded

architraves to first floor 4 similar windows to first floor along

right wall of wing. Former pedimented doorway in right wall of

wing, towards gable end, comprising 6-pane, C20 door flanked by

engaged Ionic columns with 6-pane sash windows to either side,

flanked by Ionic pilasters. Lower part of doorway blocked.

Similar doorway and door towards right, in gable end, with 2-light

stone mullioned casement to left, part glazed C20 plank door far

left. Windows across main facade of right wing 2:2:2 with moulded

architraves splayed at bottom with flat lintels with cushion

mouldings moulded windows flanking central glazed ground floor door

with keystones. Continuous string, forms sill of upper windows.

All windows 2-pane sashes with horns. Rusticated ground floor with

pedimented, projecting central portico above. Pediment supported

by 6 Ionic columns at front with single free-standing columns at

either side running back to Ionic pilasters, all linked by a stone

balustrade. Central first floor doorway from portico with lugged

architrave and triangular pediment supported on long, thin

decorated brackets over. C20 glazed door within. History: the

facade, built for Walwyn Graves (died 1813) was previously attached

to Middleton Manor and was moved up hill from there by Sydney

Graves Hamilton who built Kiftsgate Court 1887-91 (q.v.).

 

West Facade At Kiftsgate Court - Heritage Gateway

 

Courtyard area with paths.

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Taken on May 30, 2010