[meersbrook-house] FW: re Meersbrook Hall

Joyce M Bullivant 1duckweed at live.co.uk
Thu Jan 22 09:40:50 GMT 2015

This is from Valerie Bayliss Chair of Victorian Society. 

From: v.bayliss at btinternet.com
To: 1duckweed at live.co.uk
Subject: Re: re Meersbrook Hall
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:34:18 +0000

Two points to make.
First, if a building is listed, the law says it’s all listed; everything 
within the curtilage. te exception is if the list description mentions something 
as excluded from the listing. This is rare. Terms like ‘listed facade’ have no 
legal meaning but are often used by eg developers who want to create a 
particular impression. And it’s sadly not unknown for judges to get this 
Second,the description in this case mentions a staircase: ‘INTERIOR: cantilever open well wooden 
stair with cut string and vase and stem balusters, with ramped scrolled 
handrail. Hallway and stair well with moulded arches and cornices’. 

Did you know all the English list descriptions are online? Just find 
EH’s home page and then National Heritage Register.
Here’s the whole thing:
Formerly known as: Ruskin Museum, Meersbrook Park BROOK 
ROAD. House and adjoining service buildings, formerly museum, now offices. Late 
C18, with mid C19 and late C20 additions and alterations. Brick with ashlar 
dressings with gabled and hipped slate, concrete tile and artificial stone slate 
roofs with various stacks. EXTERIOR: north front, 2 storeys; 3 window range. 
Modillion eaves, 2 ridge stacks. Central 2 storey canted bay window with hipped 
roof and three 12-pane sashes on each floor. Beyond, on either side, a single 12 
pane sash on each floor. All these windows have brick flat arches. To its left, 
single storey service wing with a 3-light window. To left again, 2 storey 
service range, 5 windows. C19 west front has string course. To left a pedimented 
gable with a 2-light stone mullioned window on each floor. To its right, a 
square bay window with a 3-light mullioned window on each floor. Ground floor 
has a central plain sash. Right return has a plain sash and below, a 3 bay 
round-arched open arcade with keystones. C18 garden front, to south, has a 
recessed centre with a Venetian stair window set in a round-headed recess 
between pedimented wings. Each wing has a 12 pane sash on each floor, the right 
one having also an inserted smaller sash to the ground floor. Between the wings, 
a C20 flat-roofed single storey infill with a glazing bar window. To right, a 2 
storey block, early C19, with coped gables and 2 gable stacks. Two 16 pane 
sashes with splayed lintels, and below, a triple sash with renewed lintel. To 
its left, a small C20 window. To right again, C19 block, coursed squared stone 
with hipped slate roof and single side wall and 2 ridge stacks. 2 storeys; 4 
window range of 12 pane sashes. Below, to left, 2 cross casements and to right, 
2 windows converted to doors. To right again, a lower C19 service range, coursed 
squared stone, with C20 extension to right. 2 storeys; 5 window range. INTERIOR: 
cantilever open well wooden stair with cut string and vase and stem balusters, 
with ramped scrolled handrail. Hallway and stair well with moulded arches and 


From: Joyce M Bullivant 
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:01 PM
To: valerie Bayliss 
Subject: re Meersbrook Hall

Hi Valerie,
 Do you know whether Meersbrook Hall has grade 2 listed 
restrictions to its interior. I know there is supposed to be a particularly fine 
staircase which is in Fairbanks notes in 1759. Don't know if it is the same now. 

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