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Name:Kyre Park, Kyre
HER Reference:WSM08704
Type of record:Building
Grid Reference:SO 626 635
Map Sheet:SO66SW
Parish:Kyre, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (14TH CENTURY AD to 21ST CENTURY AD - 1301 AD to 2050 AD)
  • MILITARY HOSPITAL (World War Two to 20TH CENTURY AD - 1941 AD to 1950 AD)

Associated Events

  • Archaeological Assessment of Landscape Components at Parsonage Farm, Kyre (Ref: WSM35027)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Full description

Grade II Listed. Country house in landscaped park; sanatorium, then care home, 1950-94; now private house again. 14th century origins; repaired and extended c.1600 for Sir Edward Pytts by John Chaune of Bromsgrove; remodelled for Sir Edmund Pytts by W and D Hiorne, 1753-6. Alterations, 1880-90, were swept away 1938-40 when the present east wing was added and the main north front rebuilt. Some original sandstone rubble walling survives. Mainly brick, rendered to south-west, with ashlar plinth and dressings. Slate roofs, partly hippedbehind plain parapets with ball finials (these survive only at easterncorners) and brick stacks with moulded ashlar caps. Roughly T-shaped plan. Original part lies to west and was probably a fortified house. Circa 1600 a hall was added to the north-east. In the mid-eighteenth century a new south front was added and the west range was remodelled. The building was extended to the east in the late nineteenth century and in the twentieth century the sixteenth-century hall was demolished, a new north front built and further alterations made to the south and east fronts. Two storeys and attic with ashlar plinth and modillion cornice at attic storey level. West elevation: 1:3:1 bays; the central bays break forward slightly and are pedimented. The ground floor windows have moulded ashlar architraves and keyblocks. The outer bays have 15-pane sashes, first floor 12-pane sashes and six-pane attic windows. The central part has large ground floor 15-pane sashes that reach to plinth level, first floor 12-pane sashes and two-light attic casements. The main entrance is situated at the centre of the north elevation and has a large re-sited Georgian style portico of probably late nineteenth-century date. Interior: very little survives of the eighteenth century interiors apart from the principal staircase. This is built of softwood and has a large open well, slender turned balusters, a moulded wreathed handrail, panelled dado and Chinese Chippendale style fretwork detailing. Part of the late sixteenth century stair-case has been re-used at attic storey level and has large square newel posts with shaped finials, moulded handrails and shaped, pierced splat balusters. Kyre Park was the seat of the Pytts family from 1576 to the early 20th century. [1][2][3][4]

Plan, drawing and photograph of house, prior to 20th century changes. [5]

13th-14th century pottery found in flowerbeds to east of house. [6]

Defence of Britain, field recording card of Kyre Park House which was used as a Red Cross Military Convalescent Home in 1941.[7]

Sources and further reading

<1>Digital archive: English Heritage. Reg updates. THE NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST FOR ENGLAND. English Heritage.
<2>Digital archive: English Heritage. 2000. Images of England. English Heritage website of Listed buildings. English Heritage. www.imagesofengland.org.u.
<3>Bibliographic reference: Brooks, A, and Pevsner, N . 2007. The Buildings of England: Worcestershire. Yale University Press. 422.
<4*>List: English Heritage. 2004. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest; Worcestershire. English Heritage, National Monuments Record.
<5*>Bibliographic reference: Page, W. 1924. A History of the County of Worcestershire; Volume IV. Victoria County History. 279.
<6>Record card: Hurst, J D. 1994. Site visit, Kyre Park. WHEAS.
<7*>Record card: Wilks, M. 1998. Defence of Britain: Kyre Park House, Red Cross Military Convalescent House. Defence of Worcestershire Project.