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Easton Neston

Listed under Urban in Northampton, United Kingdom.

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Wren recommended his protege here to Sir William Fermor, later Lord Leominster, to sit in between the two red brick service wings built several years before (reputedly on Wren"s advice). Influenced by Michelangelo"s palazzi on the Campidoglio in Rome, this rectangular and regal building covers three floors, the first two (on a rusticated basement) on equal value, identical large windows in nine bays, divided by composite order pilasters. The Fermor arms and motto rest above the entrance, which is flanked by 2 large columns. Built in exceptional Helmdon stone, minimal wear is evident after 300 years. His trademark use of light and shadow with outstanding results is clear here.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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