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Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Whitchurch Urban
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SJ 5441 8/54

WHITCHURCH URBAN C.P. DODINGTON (south-west side) No. 5


House. Probably mid-to late C16 with early C17 additions. Remodelled in the early C18. Timber framed on brick plinth with painted brick nogging, rendered to front. Slate roofs. Framing: rectangular panels, 3 and 4 from sole plate to wall plate. C17 stable with square panels, 2 from sole plate to wall plate. Front wall probably of closely-spaced studs. L-plan. 3 framed bays and rear wing of 3 framed bays (one short and 2 long), probably formerly an open hall, with a further addition of one-bay at the end. 2 storeys over basement. Plinth, brick ridge stacks off-centre to left and right, and brick ridge stack to rear wing. Irregularly-placed wooden cross windows with wooden cills and painted (imitation) lintels, 4 to first floor and 3 to ground floor. Complete early C19 former shop-front to right with Tuscan pilasters, frieze and moulded cornice, plate-glass window to right and reset early C18 oak door to left with 6 raised and fielded panels and rectangular overlight. Side passage to left has C16 nail-studded boarded door, with wrought-iron strap hinges to rear. Rear: wooden cross windows. Glazed C18 flush stair tower off-centre to right, with first-floor cross window and hipped eaves dormer with 2-light wooden casement. Central probably C16 panelled oak door with fluted frieze and linenfold panel in centre at top. Rear wing: row of first-floor 2-light wooden casements beneath eaves, and row of ground-floor slatted windows, probably dating from when the ground floor was used as a smithy. Exposed beam ends of first floor above girding beam. C17 former stable adjoining to left with stable door to right. Interior: retains many fixtures and fittings of the C16, C17 and C18. Some exposed framing in walls, including a tension brace in ground-floor room. Left-hand ground-floor room has old fireplace with chamfered wooden lintel. Early C18 dog-leg staircase at rear, rising 2 floors; with winders, open string with cut brackets, column-on-vase balusters (2 per tread), moulded ramped handrail with curved knees, and columnular newel posts. Early C18 doors to first floor with 2 raised and fielded panels. Attic with old boarded doors and evidence of 3 former dormers (now removed). Collar and tie-beam end trusses with queen struts. Side passage to left with open 2-bay ground-floor arcade to left consisting of chamfered posts (the centre one on pad-stone), chamfered wall plate and chamfered arched bracing. Rear wing: collar and cambered tie-beam trusses with queen struts. Tie beams with rows of small rectangular mortices at base (probably for former ceiling) and short chamfered arched braces with notched lap joints. Evidence of former wind braces (see mortices in purlins). Probably inserted first floor (see externally exposed beam ends etc.) with chamfered beams. Large ground-floor fireplace to rear with moulded wooden lintel and stepped brick firehood. This is a complete and interesting survival of an urban building of the C16 or early C17. The front range probably formerly consisted of a first-floor solar over a ground floor partly or wholly occupied by a shop or other business premises, and the rear range was probably formerly an open hall, with a first floor inserted at some time in the C17. The ground floor of the rear range was latterly used as a smithy, probably from the C19 onwards. The arcaded side passage is unusual but has probably never formed part of the internal layout of the front range, only forming a link from the street to the rear yard. It would have initially been open to the side but was blocked by the building of No. 7 Dodington (q.v.) to the side, sometime in the C17.

Listing NGR: SJ5426241330


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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: 30 Jun 2001
Reference: IOE01/03398/26
Rights: Copyright IoE Peter Cooke. Source Historic England Archive
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