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Design for the Huntwick Lodge, 1774, executed with alterations (1)

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The Huntwick Lodge was an outer boundary, marking the start of the Winn family’s property, 1.5 miles from the house. It is located on Huntwick Lane, formerly a private road, to the north of Nostell, which runs from the pyramid gate at the boundary of the Nostell parkland, for one mile to the public road between Pontefract and Wakefield (now the A645).

Huntwick Lane runs through the Huntwick estate: the land adjacent to Nostell, which had been purchased by the 2nd Baronet in 1667. At its heart is a ruinous seventeenth-century farmhouse. Williams has noted that Adam’s uncharacteristically old-fashioned design for the Huntwick Lodge bears a considerable resemblance to the surviving ruins at the Huntwick farmhouse, suggesting that Adam had intended the nearby gate and lodge as a complementary prelude to the existing structure.

Huntwick Lodge was executed with ashlar masonry rather than being rusticated, as shown in Adam’s design; with sculpted dogs rather than one lion and one dog. It is furnished with wooden gates which are now shown in the drawing.

There is a plan for the Huntwick Lodge within the private drawings collection of Lord St Oswald.

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