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County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Barnard Castle
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NZ 05016 16219



NZ0516SW THE BANK 770-1/6/197 (East side) 24/02/50 Nos.30 AND 32 Blagraves (Formerly Listed as: THE BANK (East side) Nos.30 AND 32 (or Blagroves))


House, now restaurant. C16/C17 with C17 and C18 alterations and C20 restoration. Large blocks of coursed squared sandstone with ashlar quoins and dressings and ashlar projecting bay; roof of stone flags with stone gable copings and brick chimneys. Front and rear rooms, sloping steeply downhill to right; rear left yard wall with internal stair now partly demolished. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and attic; 3-window range. Steps up to first-floor door in second bay with plain stone surround, inserted in window of which right jamb remains. At right of third bay, flat Tudor head to chamfered stone surround. Left of this a renewed 2-light Yorkshire sliding sash with glazing bars. Eroded first-floor drip-string over central door and 3-light stone-mullioned window at right; smaller 3-light windows above central door and in centre of third bay on second floor; all with leaded casements and deeply chamfered stone surrounds. Inserted full-height C17 bay at left rises into 4th, attic, storey, mostly restored masonry, with Yorkshire sliding sash on ground floor, and 3-light fronts to upper windows with moulded sills, stone mullions and panelled angle pilasters; pulvinated frieze and cornice to first and second floors. Third floor has cornice and side corbels supporting high coped gable forming pediment, and eaves gutter on returns. Steeply pitched roof has gable copings; tall corniced chimney to front of ridge at left and smaller coped chimney at end of ridge at right. 4 stone brackets, 3 with stone figures of musicians, at second-floor level are an early C20 addition. Late C20 flood-lights attached to second floor. C19-style plain iron handrail to steps. In yard, wall on north side has slit light to former intra-mural stair. INTERIOR: ground floor has broad glazing bars to north horizontal sash; 2-panel window shutters; central window blocked when C18 stair inserted and converted into cupboard with 2-panel door and H-hinges. South chimneypiece has shaped lintel with pulvinated frieze and dentilled cornice. Stairs inserted to rear of this room, with small blocked window in south stair wall. Rear has blocked 2-light mullioned window in south wall; register grate in blocked plain stone corner fire in north wall. First-floor front room has access from inserted stair from street and from stair to rear; large south chimneypiece has stopped moulding to jambs, and arched lintel; to left of fireplace an C18 cupboard with fluted pilasters. Ceiling with stucco decoration of scrolled strapwork cross, with central inscription: WI over B, and 1672, inserted between stop-chamfered beams; fragments of cornice moulding but ceiling partly repaired. Richly carved panelled door perhaps an insertion. Upper floors not inspected: second floor reported to have north fireplace with moulded surround, and C19 addition of overmantel and tiles; attic reported to have C18 chimneypiece with decorated tile surround, painted wall tracts, probably dating from schoolroom use, and a single tie-beam truss with convex halving. Extensive cellars under front and rear continue under yard to rear. An important building in an important street, the approach to castle and church from the bridge. (Historic Buildings Reports: Blagraves House, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham NGR NZ 049 162: York).

Listing NGR: NZ0501616219


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'Historic Buildings Reports' in Blagraves House Barnard Castle County Durham, ()


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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