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The Hermitage - Description

The Hermitage stands in Manor Gardens.

It is a Listed Building of

Special Architectural and Historic Interest.

The exact date of constructions

has never been discovered.

However the materials and detailing

suggest the last half of the 18th century.




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The Hermitage - Description


The Hermitage has an octagonal Classical Plan. Georgian brick base, timber structure and floor, lime-washed rendered walls and a long straw thatched roof. The window openings have Gothic ogee curved tops with classically moulded timber architraves. The windows are single vertically sliding sashes with highly decorative intermediate glazing bars. These are protected by external timber shutters which drop down by means of hinges to expose the windows. When the shutters are closed a lattice pattern can be seen imitating leaded light windows, as existed when T. Poppleton sketched the building. There is a half moon detail on the top of each of the ogee curved window and door heads. Either side of this detail are timber shaped quatrefoils. The half moons suggest an Eastern stylistic influence, whist the quatrefoils are Gothic in style. A Classical coved timber cornices runs at the top of the rendered walls immediately below the thatched roof.


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Internally the walls are covered in painted timber paneling with moulded skirting boards, dado rails and architraves.


There are three curved alcoves covered in painted linen at the rear of the building. These project externally and their tops are covered with thatch. There is applied decoration to the head of each of the eight sides consisting of finely detailed round patera, festoons and central bow with drop. The room has a Classical theme with Gothic influence evident in the ogee curved tops to window, alcove and door architraves.



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The internal colour scheme of the building is a pale blue background with decorative details in cream. Both colours have a non-gloss finish.

Externally there is a green-grey coloured limewash with cream timberwork, except for the shutters of black with grey lattice pattern. These colours are as far as possible the original decoration scheme of the building.

Following its restoration The Hermitage was officially re-opened by The Worshipful, The Mayor, Councillor A.F. Aldridge in April 1990.

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