Heslington Hall, York (now part of the University of York). The central block is Elizabethan, but it was restored for Yarburgh Yarburgh (who also projected the village school) in 1852-55 by Philip Charles Hardwick (1822-1892). The listing text of this imposing Grade II* listed building describes it as being of "[r]ed brick in English bond with sandstone ashlar dressings and some Magnesian limestone ashlar blocks of core exposed to rear, plain tile roof," and finds that the restoration was "faithful to the original."

The garden front.

Later alterations were made by David Brandon (1813-1897) and W. H. Brierley (1862-1926), the latter being responsible for some lavish interiors. This later work explains the fact that the wings of Heslington Hall are largely Victorian, while the centre of the garden front is ‘wholly a Victorian creation’ (Pevsner and Neave 463).

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"Heslington Hall." Historic EnglandWeb. 29 October 2021.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.


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