Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1072190

Date first listed: 16-Nov-1954

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Nov-1983

Statutory Address: TOWNHEAD


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Statutory Address: TOWNHEAD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lancashire

District: Ribble Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Slaidburn

National Grid Reference: SD 71026 52631


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SD 7052-7152 SLAIDBURN 17/121 Townhead 16.11.54 (Formerly listed under General)

- II*

House, probably an early C18th mansion, reduced in size, and altered in the C19th. Squared coursed limestone with sandstone dressings and hipped stone slate roof. 3 storeys. The south facade is of 5 bays, with projecting quoins and a ground-floor string course. The windows are sashed with glazing bars and have architraves. The 2 windows to the left of the door have been moved so that they are now adjacent. The large stone doorcase has Tuscan pilasters, a triglyph frieze with guttae and with metopes decorated with flower designs, and a pediment. At the eaves is a deeply-moulded stone cornice. The west wall is pebbledashed, the stone soffit of the eaves being supported on shaped stone brackets. The east wall has projecting quoins, a ground-floor string course and a moulded stone cornice. It is of 5 bays, the ground-floor windows altered and now paired. The central doorway has Tuscan pilasters and a semi-circular head with stepped projecting keystone. The north wall is pebbledashed and has projecting quoins and a stone eaves soffit carried on shaped stone brackets. It is of 6 bays, having sashed windows with glazing bars in plain stone surrounds. Between bays 2 and 3, and cutting across the window surrounds, is a porch of timber and rendered brick. It has a timber shell hood, and clustered wooden columns at its outer corners. Adjoining the west wall is an L-shaped 2-storey wing containing the kitchen and other service rooms. Its north wall is of one bay and has a ground-floor doorway whose plain stone surround rises to form a stair window with one transom and with glazing bars. The east wall of the wing is of 2 bays and has windows with plain stone surrounds and square mullions, of 2 lights except for the left-hand ground- floor window which is of 3 lights. The interior appears to have been remodelled in the mid-C19th and the front entrance moved from the south to the north facade. The main rooms are panelled in a Georgian manner. In the centre of the south side of the house is an open-well stair of 2 flights with landing, having an open string and 3 turned balusters per tread. The upper part of the stair hall rises through the 3rd storey and has a decorated cornice and blank niches with architraves. A drawing made c. 1720 and titled 'Slateburn Town Head The Seat of Mr Hen Wiglesworth to the South' shows a larger house in similar style which does not correspond in either the number of bays or the number of storeys to the present building. Buck, Samuel, Yorkshire Sketchbook. Reproduced in Facsimile, Wakefield, 1979.

Listing NGR: SD7102652631


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Legacy System number: 183172

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Books and journals
Hall, I, Samuel Bucks Yorkshire Sketch Book, (1979)

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