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Lainston House, Sparsholt, Hampshire
c. 1700

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Notes in italics from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd (1967)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.



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A fine brick house of about 1700, with something older and something a little younger. The entrance side is of c.1700. Three-bay centre with two-bay projecting wings. Two storeys, hipped roof. In the middle a slight one-bay projection with pediment. The ground floor entrance feature is not original. Round the corners are facades which must be about twenty years later. Plum-coloured brick and rubbed dressings. Slightly segment-headed windows. Raised brick quoins.


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The back, i.e. the garden side, is superficially like the entrance side, but must be older. The brickwork is different, the brick quoins are not bonded in, and the inner quoins are of stone. The basement windows are mullioned. So an early C.17 house was given first one beauty treatment and then another. ...



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View at the back. The long lime avenue was never a carriageway.


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St Peter, SW of the house. In ruins. Only the nave survives, with two plain Norman doorways. The wall where the chancel arch should be is wide open to the view into the landscape.

 

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