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Country Houses

ISBN 1-871344-15-8      Price: UK £6.50       International £7.95

The Historic Country Houses of Leicestershire and RutlandCategory:Leicestershire Local History

Key Subjects:
English History
English Countryside


Leonard Cantor
The Historic COUNTRY HOUSES of Leicestershire & Rutland

Publication date: Dec. 1998
Size: 84 pages 210 x 200mm
93 b/w photographs, 8 colour photographs
format: paperback

Country Houses have been an important part of the English rural scene for over 500 years. Although, inevitably, many have come and gone over the centuries, we are extremely fortunate in Leicestershire and Rutland in our rich inheritance of historic mansions, with their fine architecture and artistic contents, almost invariably set in beautiful parkland. The first part of this book traces the history of these country houses, whilst the second part forms a gazetteer, summarizing the architectural features and where possible the family histories of over 50 houses which still grace the two counties.

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Houses featured in the Gazeteer:-


Ashby Folville Manor
Baggrave Hall
Barkby Hall
Beaumanor Park
Belgrave Hall
Belvoir Castle
Braunstone Hall
Brooksby Hall
Carlton Curlieu Hall
Cold Overton Hall
Coleorton Hall
Donington Hall
Gaddesby Hall
Goadby Marwood Hall
Grace Dieu Manor
Husbands Bosworth Hall
Ingarsby Old Hall
Keythorpe Hall
Langton Hall
Launde Abbey
Lockington Hall
Lowesby Hall
Market Bosworth Hall
Nevill Holt Hall
Noseley Hall (Nosely Hall)
Osbaston Hall
Peatling Parva Hall
Prestwold Hall
Quenby Hall
Quorn Hall
Quorn House
Rothley Hall
Scraptoft Hall
Shenton Hall
Skeffington Hall
Stanford Hall
Stapleford Park
Staunton Harold Hall
Stretton Hall
Swithland Hall
Whatton House
Wistow Hall
Withcote Hall


Clipsham Hall
Exton Hall
Hambleton Hall
Hambleton Old Hall
Langham Old Hall
Lyndon Hall
North Luffenham Hall
South Luffenham Hall
Tolethorpe Hall

Example Gazeteer Entry

Noseley Hall (or in some old spellings, Nosely Hall)

Situated in attractive wooded country south-east of Leicester, the Hall and its private chapel remain, the village which stood to the north-west of the present park having been depopulated in the sixteenth century. Thomas Hesilrige acquired the estate through marriage at the end of the fourteenth century. The family retained the surname until 1818, when Sir Arthur Grey Hesilrige, the eleventh baronet, changed it to Hazlerigg and so it has remained. There was a medieval manor house here but no trace of it survives. The present house was completely rebuilt in the early eighteenth century by Sir Robert Hesilrige who died in 1721 and rainwater heads dated 1723 suggest the building was completed after his death by his widow Dorothy. Noseley Hall, the home of Lord Hazlerigg, is a large two-storey brick building, with attics, a balustraded parapet and hipped slate roofs. However, most of it was cement-rendered in the late nineteenth century, though the original brick can be seen at the back of the house. The principal front, facing south, is eleven bays wide with the three central bays set forward, containing a central doorcase. On either side are bays with balustrading above. This central section is occupied by the saloon which Pevsner describes “as a wonderful surprise”, having fine Baroque decoration and Rococo motifs, dating from the 1730s and 1740s. These include heavy Corinthian pilasters which support a large cornice above which are shorter pilasters topped by a shell motif. Another room of considerable interest is the former dining room with its Rococo decoration. The chapel to the house dates mainly from the thirteenth century. In the Autumn of 1998 the great majority of the contents of the house were sold, and the house itself is likely to be converted into a conference centre, in which the present Lord Hazlerigg will continue to live.

(Details of the parkland for Noseley Hall, including a map from 1743, are included in the companion volume, The Historic Parks and Gardens of Leicestershire and Rutland.


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