Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1149408

Date first listed: 27-May-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Mar-1984



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County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Ripon

National Grid Reference: SE 31403 71072


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SE 3171 RIPON BEDERN BANK 1/3 (east side) 27.5.49 Minster House [formerly GV listed as the Hall (Bedern Bank)]


Early C18 (marked on Thomas Parker's plan in Thomas Gent's "History ... of Ripon", 1733). Red brick. Ashlar quoins. Two storeys. Parapet. Band. South front of 7 bays, west front of 5 bays, and east front with 2 slightly projecting bays: sashes with glazing bars and moulded sills. Central south doorway with broken stone pediment enclosing shield of arms of the Oxley family, its C19 proprietors.

Interior has a very fine staircase, round 3 sides of a large oblong stair well with moulded plaster ceiling and modillioned cornice. Three balusters per tread, one turned, one spiral fluted and one a double spiral. Spiral curtail with fluted newel. Fielded panels under each tread. Fielded panelling to dado height, ramped upwards to fluted columnar muntins. Semi-circular arches to hall and to landing above, latter (and its neighbours) flanked by fluted lower half-column taking full entablature.

Hall has 4 doorcases with moulded architraves and pediments. All rooms panelled, some fielded, some bolection, one room with giant fluted pilasters. Contemporary chimney- places, 2 flanked by giant fluted Corinthian columns taking full and enriched entablatures. One room has re-used C16/C17 wainscotting, supposed to come from Markington Hall. One room "wainscotted" with a particularly fine Victorian scrap screen.

History. Minster House stands on or near the site of the Bedern, the domestic accommodation of the College of Vicars. Vicars were appointed from 1303, both to serve the Collegiate Church in the absence of the Prebendaries, and, as the Collegiate Church was also a parish church, to perform parochial duties, most of the Prebendaries being non-resident. The Vicars were established in their own College in 1414, dissolved in 1547. Archbishop Sandys (1576-88) attempted unsuccessfully to use the Bedern for the establishment of a Theological College. It is not known who built Minster House, but, although it has been the Deanery since 1945, for the previous 100 years it was in private hands.

Listing NGR: SE3140271073


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