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Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SO 45244 98384


SO 4598 WOOLSTASTON C.P. THE SQUARE (south-east side)

10/103 Bowdler's House



Shown on O.S. map as Nos. 38 and 39. Farmhouse, now house. Late C14 with mid- to late C16 alterations, partial remodelling of c.1878 and late C20 addition. Timber framed with plastered infill, partly of cruck construction and partly rebuilt in red brick; cross wing remodelled in painted brick and painted imitation plaster framing; plain tile roof. 3-bay former hall range of cruck construction with projecting gabled 3-bay cross wing to north-west. One storey and attic and 2 storeys. North-east front: large C16 timber framed full gabled eaves dormer to hall range with closely-spaced uprights, 2 collars, curved v-struts and small quatrefoil in apex, and 3-light wooden-framed metal casement; brick stack in front of ridge to left (C20 brick above roof) and large rendered external end stack at rear of cross wing with pair of C19 diamond brick shafts. Hall range to left with C19 three-light wooden casement , boarded door to right and late C20 seven-panelled door to left. Right-hand cross wing with first- floor C19 segmental-headed 2-light lattice casement, and 2 ground-floor small lattice casements flanking central boarded door. North-west front: remodelled in C19 with 3 first-floor 2-light wooden casements (outer pair with gables above on scrolled brackets and ground-floor 2-light wooden casement to left and 3-light wooden casement to right flanking central blocked doorway (now 2 light casement) with gabled timber porch on scrolled brackets. Painted brick one-storey C19 addition to right. Large late C20 timber framed addition adjoining hall range to south- east. Interior: former open hall of one long and one short bay with 2 full cruck trusses; quarter-round moulded arch-braced former hall truss with central post and v-struts, and former spere truss with cambered tie-beam and wattle and daub infill surviving in some square panels; roof with chamfered purlins and wind braces. Inserted C16 first floor in long bay with heavily-moulded cross-beams and chamfered joists with run-out stops; inserted late C16 stack inserted in short bay incorporating large open fireplace with chamfered lintel. Cross-wing roof with deep cambered tie beams,crown posts with curved down braces and chamfered longitudinal braces,and chamfered and stopped collar purlins Rear ground-floor room has chamfered cross-beamed ceiling with large joists and large open fireplace with chamfered and stopped segmental, lintel. Chamfered ogee-headed doorway between hall range and cross wing. Winder staircase. The house appears to consist of a former open hall of 2 bays with the remains of a short screens passage bay to left and a former solar cross wing at the high end, still with the now blocked doorway connecting it to the hall. The house was formerly the home of the Bowdler family. The Rev. E. D. Carr was probably responsible for the c.1878 remodelling of the cross wing when the house was occupied by his coachman. He also laid out the small village green onto which the cross wing faces. The house forms part of a small farmstead group in a prominent position in the centre of the village, also including a barn to the north-east (q.v.). Despite later alterations this house is a very complete and fine example of a medieval hall and cross wing. In many details this house is similar to Shootrough Farmhouse, Cardington C.P. (q.v.). V.C.H., Vol. VIII, p.171; Alcock, p.145.

Listing NGR: SO4524498384


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Books and journals
Elmington, C R , The Victoria History of the County of Shropshire, (1989), 171
Alcock, N W, 'Council for British Archaeology Research Report' in Cruck Construction An Introduction And Catalogue, (1981), 145


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 29 Sep 2005
Reference: IOE01/14803/07
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