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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.

Name: LAUNDE ABBEY

List entry Number: 1074857

Location

LAUNDE ABBEY, LAUNDE ROAD

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

County District District Type Parish
LeicestershireHarboroughDistrict AuthorityLaunde

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 19-Oct-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 190571

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LAUNDE

SK 70 SE LAUNDE ROAD

5/44 Launde Abbey

19 10 51

II*

Large House. Early C17, restored and added to in early C19. Finely coursed ironstone rubble with ashlar dressings, and Welsh slate roof. Two storeyed with attics. H plan. Principal (west) front has outer gabled wings, each with canted and embattled two storey bay window with mullioned and transomed windows of 2 and 3-lights, ovolo moulded. Above the bays a 4-light ovolo moulded mullioned window to attic and the gable itself corbelled out on moulded kneelers, coped and with finials. Main range has central doorway in porch of c1850 in style to suit the house, with 4-centred arched.doorway and coped gable corbelled out and with finials. The windows to each side of this are not quite symmetrically arranged, since to the left, on each floor are paired 2-light windows, and a 3-light window, while to the right, the outer window on the ground floor is of 5-lights and that above it of 4. 4-light King-mullioned window above the door. All windows are mullioned and transomed and have caveto mouldings. String courses form hood moulds to ground and first floor windows. Three dormers above have coped gables corbelled out and carrying finials. They contain mullioned windows, the central of 4-lights, the outer of three, each with flat hood mould. North side has two projecting gable wall stacks and single corbelled gabled dormer and 2 paired 4-light windows, which are Victorian renewals. Rear elevation has outer gabled wings, that to north has a 6-light mullioned and transomed window to ground floor and 4-lights above, both King-mullions, and four mullioned lights to the attic. All have caveto moulding. The Chapel projects from the southern wing. Between the wings stretches an early Victorian extension of two storeys, flat roofed, with four bays of 3-light mullioned and transomed windows on each floor. South gable wall continues into the fabric of the Chapel, incorporating the shafts of the C12 crossing with a fragment of the arch above. Two side wall stacks and two 3-light mullioned and transomed windows to ground floor, 2 and 3-lights above with a single coped gabled and corbelled dormer above.

Inside the house, the staircase is probably late cl7; open string stair with three slender balusters to each tread, two fluted the other more gently moulded. The handrail is swept over the newels and terminates in a gentle spiral. Four-centred arched stone fireplace in the hall, and panelling which is early C19 in Jacobean style. Dining room also probably refurbished c1820, but using much old material; the fireplace has a 4-centred arch set between stone pilasters with stone panels above, one dated 1689. This is contained in outer wood chimney piece with ornately worked pilasters and panels, and figures in high relief. One panel dated 1676 is incorporated. The entire room is panelled in the Jacobean style with frieze, blank arcading etc., and it incorporates many decorated panels, various low reliefs depicting biblical scenes are probably Flemish. Others are C17 English in style, scroll work or geometric designs. One is dated 1663. The library and drawing room are of c1820. In the drawing room a doorcase with reeded architrave and gothick decoration in its round arched head. Decorative round arched niches flank the marble Adam style fireplace. Simple plaster cornice. Victorian additions to rear represent largely an extension of the service accommodation.

Listing NGR: SK7973504367

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National Grid Reference: SK 79735 04367

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