Itton Court

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Itton Court
Itton Court, near Chepstow - geograph.org.uk - 285696.jpg
Distant view of Itton Court
Itton Court is located in Monmouthshire
Itton Court
General information
Type Country house
Town or city Itton
Country Wales
Coordinates 51°39′20″N 2°44′1″W / 51.65556°N 2.73361°W / 51.65556; -2.73361Coordinates: 51°39′20″N 2°44′1″W / 51.65556°N 2.73361°W / 51.65556; -2.73361
Designations Grade II* listed

Itton Court, Itton, Devauden, Monmouthshire is a country house. The origin of the house was as an outstation for Chepstow Castle. In the 18th century, much of the medieval manor was pulled down and replaced. Further additions and alterations were made in the 19th and 20th centuries, including work by Guy Dawber. From the 18th until the mid-20th century, the court was the home of the Curre family, major landowners, who purchased the estate in 1749. It is a Grade II* listed building.

History

The original medieval manor was a fortified outstation for Chepstow Castle.[1] The gate house, of a 14th century date is all that remains of the earlier building. In 1749, the court and estate were purchased by the Curre family.[2] The Curres pulled down the remainder of the house, with the exception of a recently constructed wing in the William and Mary style, and built an almost entirely new house in the current Queen Anne style.[3] In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sir Guy Dawber, an architect noted for his Arts and Crafts work in the Cotswolds was employed to undertake significant renovations and rebuilding.[1] His work included a "very grand" billard room and a long gallery.[3] The house remained the home of the Curres until the death of the last Lady Curre in 1956.[1] It was then sold and was subsequently divided into apartments.[3]

Architecture and description

The building history of the house is "extremely complex."[3] The remnants of the medieval gate tower are mixed with late nineteenth century reconstructions.[4] The architectural historian John Newman considers the East front to be "one of the most distinguished in the county."[4] The house is broadly rectangular, with two storeys and seven bays.[4] The interiors are almost unchanged from their late 19th century designs.[4]

The house is a Grade II* listed building, recognising its important historical development and its "fine interiors."[5] The park and gardens surrounding the house are also recorded, as important survivals with landscaping features from the 17th to the 19th centuries.[6]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Good Stuff. "Itton Court, Devauden, Monmouthshire". Britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  2. ^ "Archives Network Wales - Curre (Itton) MSS". Anws.llgc.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  3. ^ a b c d "Listed Buildings - Full Report - HeritageBill Cadw Assets - Reports". Cadwpublic-api.azurewebsites.net. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  4. ^ a b c d Newman 2000, pp. 257-8.
  5. ^ "Listed Buildings - Full Report - HeritageBill Cadw Assets - Reports". Cadwpublic-api.azurewebsites.net. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  6. ^ "Itton Court". Parksandgardens.org. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2017-04-01.

References

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