Wingerworth HallEdit profile
Wingerworth Hall, demolished 1927, was the ancestral home of the Hunloke family in the village of Wingerworth, Derbyshire, England. It was built on an elevated site and completed in 1724 by an unknown architect. The house was in the rare style of understated Baroque peculiar to England. The rectangular building was on three floors raised above a semi-basement, thus causing to the principal rooms to be on a piano nobile reached from a broad straight external staircase. The principal façade was of three bays with the central entrance bay projecting. The ornament was chaste, alleviated by only by the architrave of the central entrance which supported a broken pediment, quoining at the extremities of the building and massive key stones above each window. The roof was hidden by a balustrade decorated by urns alternating with stone spheres. This format of design was typical of the rare late English Baroque, and can be seen in a less sophisticated form at Sherborne House in Dorset and in its full fruition at Chatsworth and Easton Neston. The interior of Wingerworth was arranged around a central double height hall described as "a model of English Baroque" By the end of the 19th century the Hunloke's fortune was severely depleted and the house was let to tenants. In 1920 it was offered for sale. Failing to find a purchaser wishing to reside in the house, the Hunloke family sold it to a demolition contractor, and its interiors were stripped and sold. One of the rooms is, today, displayed in the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri. The two servants' buildings remain as private dwellings.