Scarisbrick Hall.

middle front of house It would be very difficult to arrive upon this hall and supress an expression of wonder, awe, and delight. It is so impressive, with it's very tall tower to the right. Scarisbrick is a difficult house to read it has had several architects/designers in it's long existance. entire frontage
upper floor The Scarisbrick family had lived on this site since 1238. In 1813 Thomas Scarisbrick had employed Thomas Rickman to do alterations to the hall. In 1836 his younger brother Charles employed A.W.N.Pugin to produce designs for his alterations. On his death in 1860 his sister inherited the building and she engaged E.W. Pugin for her alterations and later still her successor employed Peter Paul Pugin. decorated ceiling
a doorway This was Pugin's first domestic commission, he began the architectual work by adding details to the outside of the building and altering the kitchen wing. His first drawing of the exterior gives the impression of a gothic manor with a bell tower. It is said the bell tower was a prototype for The Houses of Parliament. Unfortunately Edward in his wisdom removed it and built a very tall, slender tower which looks out of proportion with the rest of the building. ceiling in great hall
newel post on second staircase Pugin was introduced to Scarisbrick by an antique dealer called E. Hull, Scarisbrick originally asked Pugin to build him a garden seat,(right) and a fireplace for the great hall. The great hall is a lofty copy of a medieval hall, the heart of the dwelling for a prosperous family, with it's ornate roof and heavily carved wood, tiled floor and gallery over the twin throne. only known Pugin designed garden seat
heavy oak doorway The house is full of flemish heavy oak panelling intricately carved, Scarisbrick was an avid collector. Pugin was involved with the house until 1845 towards the end he was becoming less enchanted as he had by now become an established architect and designer and had huge demands on his time for other commissions. He felt that he had given Scarisbrick favourable terms at the beginning and that he should now be moving on. turret
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