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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1178117



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


District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Whitchurch Urban

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 01-May-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 260645

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WHITCHURCH URBAN C.P. HIGH STREET (north-east SJ 5441 side) 8/89 Nos. 21 and 23 (The Old 1.5.51 Shop ) GV II*

House, now shop and café. Late C15, and late C16 or early C17. Timber framed with plastered infill and rendered plinth. Plain tile roof. Framing: closely-spaced studs with S-braces; gable with diagonal strutting and central lozenge. L-plan; c.1600 hall range of 2 framed bays to right and C15 cross wing to left of 3 framed bays, flush to front. 2 storeys, with attic to cross wing. Cross wing has jettied first floor with moulded bressumer, shaped end brackets, the remains of shafting below with moulded capitals, and soffit with carved interlaced trefoil ornament. Jettied gable with carved quatrefoil ornament to face of cambered tie-beam, wooden coving beneath with carved interlaced trefoil ornament, and carved end brackets. Small leaded casement in attic to left. Two first-floor C20 three-light wooden casements. Pair of ground-floor small-paned windows to left flanking small-parted glazed door with 4-part rectangular overlight. Elaborate and complete late C19 wooden shop-front to right consisting of 2 plate-glass windows with circular corner shafts, pierced spandrels, top lights with stained glass including rural scenes, recessed central pair of glazed doors with billet-type ornament, rounded tops to lights and carved scrolled pediment, and deep glass fascia consisting of painted glass over carved wood, with the name "WALKER" flanked by the street number. Salop fire insurance plate (No. 5704) to right of first-floor right-hand window. C19 additions in angle at rear. Interior: deep-chamfered cross-beamed ceiling in right-hand ground-Floor room with decorative carved stops and chamfered joists with run-out stops. Pair of ceiling beams in left-hand ground-floor room, one with deep chamfer and one with small chamfer and ogee stops. Plain and chamfered joists. Stud partition wall dividing ground-floor rooms, with infill now removed. First-floor of cross wing formerly a 2-bay solar open to the roof, incorporating central truss with arched bracing and cambered tie-beam with remains of carved boss, and chamfered wind braces to the north-west. Rear bay probably added in the C17. Hall range has collar and tie-beam trusses with queen struts. In the attic there are a series of coops, probably formerly for the rearing and keeping of birds for cock fighting (not inspected at time of survey - November 1986). One possible explanation of the plan is that the present hall range replaced a former open hall at the same time the cross wing was extended to the rear. Old photographs show the building with a late C18 or early C19 shop-front to No. 21, a porter-rest in front of No. 23, leaded windows, a gabled dormer, and a stack to right. The present shop-front to No. 21 is a particularly fine and complete example of its type. R.B. James, Whitchurch - A Short History, p. 5; Whitchurch Area Archaeological Group, Whitchurch Remembered (1980), ill. 19; County S.M.R. No. 12 580.

Listing NGR: SJ5416041581

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Whitchurch Remembered, (1980)
James, R B , Whitchurch A Short History, (1979), 5

National Grid Reference: SJ 54160 41581


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