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 AUCTION  PARTICULARS 
Friday 28th September 1917

BYLAUGH PARK ESTATE
of over
8,150 ACRES

The estate is intersected by the RIVER WENSUM for a length of 51/2 miles and affords some 
TROUT AND EXCELLENT COARSE FISHING & WILDFOWL SHOOTNG.

LOT 1 BYLAUGH HALL
 

 

 

at an upset of £17,500 with 736 acres completely enclosed on three sides by a park wall and diversified by pleasant undulations, matured park timber, extensive woods and woodland belts, massed banks of rhodendrons and swards of bracken, heather and gorse.

Approach to the Mansion is by Three Carriage Drives, each with a Lodge and Carriage Gates at the entrances, and these drives wind through the expanse of the Park and thread the woods and massed rhododendrons until they converge on the plateau on which the mansion rests, and so through the balustraded forecourt to the entrance door.

The Mansion
A STONE-BUILT PILE

architecturaly complete on each front erected from the designs of the late Sir Charles Barry in the style of the domestic Elizabethan Period with a central tower, is most compactly planned.  It is entered through the 

ENTRANCE HALL
24ft by 16ft 6in

with fireplace and with Cloak Room at one side, and it runs in two short flights of broad steps through two pairs of folding doors to

THE SALOON
35ft by 28ft

the centre portion of which has a series of pilasters with Corinthian capitals supporting a heavy bracketted cornice from which the ribbed and glazed panel curved roof springs, the ends being filled in with finely modelled placques in alto-relievo, in white on gilt grounds, of "Peace and War".  This Saloon has two fireplaces and is fully lighted by electricity; and around are grouprd the

SPACIOUS AND LOFTY RECEPTION ROOMS
which include

THE DINING ROOM

34ft by 24ft

with deep panelled ceiling and bracketted cornice; an adjacent SERVING ROOM having fireplace, sink and hot plate.

STUDY
24ft by 17ft 6in, with dado.

THE DRAWING ROOM
34ft by 22ft

a Handsome Appartment with a wide embayed window, 16ft by 7ft, looking to the South over the Terrace and the Sunk Garden to the Park beyond, the Wensum Valley, and the distant wooded landscape.

THE BOUDOIR
22ft 6in by 17ft

communicating by folding doors with the Drawing Room, enjoys the same South view. A casement door gives access to a broad flight of steps which leads from this room down to the Terrace Walk.

THE LIBRARY
36ft by 20ft

with wide embayed South window and a West window also.  This room is lined with bookshelves and cupboards under in oak.

SMOKING ROOM
24ft by 16ft

with door leading to LAVATORY which has a fireplace and in which are a double basin lavatory with plated legs and fittings, a full length BATH with marble surround enclosed within a mahogany casing, whilst adjoining is a WC.

THE BILLIARD ROOM
27ft 6in by 22ft

also a good room, is retired along a short corridor off the Saloon, and is lighted by both West and North windows.

These several reception rooms are appropriately fitted with marble mantels and basket and other grates.  They have oak window frames and sashes, oak borders to floors and are fully lighted with electricity.

ARCADED CONSERVATORY

120ft long by 12ft 6in wide

with tesselated pavement and slate shelving.  This is heated by hot water and lighted by eletricity and terminates in a

HANDSOME AND LOFTY WINTER GARDEN
60ft by 26ft
also heated by hot water and lighted by electricity.
 
 

THE STAIRCASE HALL
24ft by 12ft

from off which is another fittee Lavatory and WC, is lighted by a two-mullion window with transom, and the

WIDE STAIRCASE

with open and gilded balusters of Tudor type, rises in three easy flights to the Principal Bed Room Floor, the upper panels of the walls of the Hall being fitted with Seascapes, in oil, by F J Sang.
 
 

The Principal Bedrooms
open from a series of corridors surrounding the light well over the Saloon which have therefore ample light.

On the First Floor:

THE UPPER HALL
24ft by 16ft

THE PRINCIPAL SUITE
comprising BED ROOM (22ft by 17ft 6in)     DRESSING ROOM and BATH ROOM.

EIGHT BEDROOMS & FOUR DRESSING ROOMS
a second BATH ROOM (h&c), SMALL WARDROBE ROOM, Two WC's, Housemaid's Closet 
and Servants' Staircase.

On the Second Floor:

EIGHT LARGE SECONDARY BEDROOMS
FIVE SERVANTS BEDROOMS
and a BATH ROOM (h&c), Housemaid's Closet (h&c), WC

There are also in the Servants'quarters,
FIVE MEN-SERVANTS' BEDROOMS
AND SEVEN MAID-SERVANTS ROOMS
making a total of :

Thirty-nine Bed and Dressing Rooms and Four Fitted Baths of which twelve are Principal Bed and dressing rooms, eight are Secondary Bedrooms and the remainder the Servants' Accomodation.
 
 

THE DOMESTIC OFFICES

on a lower level have the great advantage of being both commodious and compact.  The rooms are spacious and light, and include Kitchen, Scullery, Game , Meat and Pastry Larders, Dairy, Large servant's Hall, Housekeeper's Room, Butler's Pantry and Bedroom, Steward's room, Plate and Muniment Rooms, Valet's Room and Bedroom, Boot and Knife Rooms, Wine and beer Cellars, WC, etc.


ELECTRIC LIGHT

is connected to all parts of the House and Stabling.  The plant comprises a 16hp oil driven Hornsby Engine, Switchboard and Dynamo by Thos. Parker, and Battery consisting of 54 cells.  (approx 110 volts.)

THE WATER SUPPLY

is both excellent and plentiful.  The drinking water is pumped from a deep well under the house, the domestic supply is driven by a water wheel near Elsing Mill to large storage tanks in the roof, from which it is laid on all over the house and premises.

THE SYSTEM OF SANITATION

has been examined every year and is at the present time believed to be perfect.  The discharge is to settling chambers and thence into a dyke at a long remove from the house.

SOIL
The Mansion stands on sand and gravel.


THE STABLING

is in character with the Mansion, no expense having been spared in its arrangement and fitting.  It affords ample accomodation arranged around a spacious Stable Yard, and is lighted by electricity and ample water supply is laid on.

THE CLOCK TOWER

is a prominent feature.  There are Five Stalls, Seven loose Boxes, Pony Stable for two, Sick Bay, Harness Room, Saddle Room, Three Double Coach-Houses and

GARAGE FOR SIX CARS

Covered Washing Yard, Store Shed, Liggage cart House, and above large Granary and Forage Lofts.  The

MEN'S ACCOMODATION

comprises Mess Room and four Bedrooms.  There is also a BLACKSMITH'S SHOP with Forge and two Shoeing Stalls.  Brew House etc.

THE CHAUFFEUR'S COTTAGE
and 
GARDNER'S COTTAGE, 
each contain Four Bedrooms, Sitting Room, Living Room, Scullery and Larder.


THE PLEASURE GARDENS

are raised upon a Terrace and enclosed with dwarf open stone balustrading with piers at intervals terminating in ball finials and the dominent feature of these gardens is the natural beauty of the position commanding from the various fronts distant vistas and expanses of the beautifully timbered Park and countryside, with the River Wensum threading the valley between.

ORNAMENTAL WOODS

planted with Cedars and other finely-grown Conifers, with banks of massed Shrubberies, give shelter from the East and West.
Wide flights of stone steps from the house across the Broad Walk descend to 

THE FORMAL GARDEN
with its Lilly Pond

THE KITCHEN GARDEN

is entered under a stone arch from the Broad Walk and has a 12ft wall pierced on two sides by arched gateways with iron grille gates.  Beyond is the

HERBACIOUS WALK
enclosed by clipped yew hedges and this gives access to
A BROAD WOODLAND WALK
through deep belts of Cedars, Corsican and other Pines, Cypress, Oak, Beech, Acacia, Lime, Yew, Rhododendron, and many Evergreen Shrubs, terminating in the Church Walk across the Park.


THE PARK

as may be seen from the photographs, is of undulating and extraordinarily attractive character, with mature Woodlands, and it contains a very sporting

12 HOLE GOLF COURSE

and being almost entirely enclosed by a brick wall, will hold a very large head of game without damage to adjoining land.

Near the Bawdeswell Lodge is the 

KEEPER'S COTTAGE

of four rooms and a wash house, and range of Rearing Sheds and Small Stable.

And there is another Cottage in the Park making a total of
THREE LODGES AND FOUR COTTAGES
 

THE ESTATE BRICK YARD
is entirely screened away from the House and Park, in the Big Wood.  It comprises Modern Brick Kiln with Ranges of Drying and Working Sheds etc.
 
 
 

Lot 2
OLD HALL FARM  402 acres

Lot 3
PARK FARM  372 acres

Lot 4 - Lot 140
A further 33 farms, agricultural land, woods (Including Foxley Wood), and 84 houses/cottages in Bawdeswell, Foxley, Swanton Morley, Elsing, Lyng, Weston Longville and Worthing.
 

Manor farm, Hoe.  466acres
Home Farm, Worthing 178a
Leeds Farm, Worthing  47a
Waterfall Farm, Swanton Morley  297a
Hill House, Swanton Morley 208a
The White House, Swanton Morley 18a
Little Haze, Swanton Morley  47a
Field House Farm, Swanton Morley/Worthing  896a
Darbyís Farm, Swanton Morley 84a
Park Farm, Swanton Morley  207a
Castle Farm, Swanton Morley  349a
Pennyspot, Elsing  65a
Jubilee Farm, Elsing  87a
Mill Farm, Elsing  141a
Elsing Mill, 13a
Mill Street Farm, Elsing  79a
Elsing Heath, 21a
Green Farm, Elsing  118a
Foxley Wood
Gibbethill Plantation and Billingford Covert
Sparham Hole Plantation
Three Bridges Farm, Elsing  176a
Manor Farm, Lyng  251a
Mill Farm, Lyng  45a
Yew Tree Farm, 107a
Bakerís Farm, Lyng  82a
Collenís Green Farm, Lyng 208a
The Willows Farm, Weston Longville  249a
Park farm, Bawdeswell  266a
Old Hall Farm, Foxley  88a
Church Farm, Foxley  216a
Manor Farm, Foxley  260a
Moor Farm, Foxley  119a
Wood Farm, Bawdeswell/Foxley  93a
May Tree Farm, Bawdeswell  49a
School Buildings, Bawdeswell
The Chequers Public House, Foxley



97 Lots sold at Auction, but 43 lots including the House and Park did not.


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