Hulne Friary Summerhouse and Tower


DENWICK HULNE PARK NU 11 NE 6/64 Hulne Friary: Summerhouse 31.12.69 and Tower GV I Tower and summerhouse: Tower built 1488 by Sir Henry Percy, summerhouse built and interior of tower remodelled 1778-9 by Robert Adam and 'Capability' Brown for 1st Duke of Northumberland. Squared stone with flat leaded roofs. Rectangular 2-storey summerhouse at north of friary west range, linked by bridge to tower on west. Gothick style. West elevation (to cloister): Summerhouse 2 storeys, 3 bays, symmetrical. Central arched door flanked by windows, under linked ogee hoodmoulds with finials; broad 4-light window with intersecting tracery above. End bays have 2-light windows under square hoodmoulds, and quatrefoils containing marble reliefs of Duke and Duchess. Corbelled-out parapet with irregular crenellations. Left return 2 bays, with similar 2-light windows and central niche with cusped canopy. Right return 3 bays, similar fenestration except for plainer central niche. Rear shows half-glazed door on right, flanked by small windows with large window over; second door on left beneath bridge to tower. All doorways have applied Gothick panelling, all windows small-paned sashes with curved base to upper leaf and intersecting glazing bars in head. Bridge to tower has flat-pointed arch flanked by blank shields, with pointed window above between cruciform loops; embattled parapet. Tower 2 tall storeys (originally 3). Pointed doorway on north; chamfered loops; large Gothick sashes on south and west at 1st floor level. Corbelled- out embattled parapet with angle turrets, those on east linked to form chamber with original canted oriel, with cinquefoil-headed lights and moulded parapet. Interiors: Both ground and 1st floor rooms in the summerhouse have Gothick decor with carved fireplaces, crocketed ogee doorcases, niches and cornices; dogleg stair with stick balusters. High 1st-floor tower room with similar decoration; fireplace with contemporary ironwork, wooden dado rail, cornice with Percy crescents. Re-set in wall over fireplace is inscribed slab: xx In the year of Crist Jhu MGCCC III VIII This towr was bilded by Sir He Percy The fourth Erle of Nortwberlad of gret hon and worth That espoused Maud ye good lady full of vertue and bewt Daughtr to Sir William Harbirt right noble and hardy Erle of Pembrock whose soulis god save And with his grace cosarve ye bilder of this towr Tower retains original barrel-vaulted basement and mural stairs with shouldered lintels.








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