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SX0767 CASTLE STREET 629-1/2/14 (West side) 26/03/49 Tower Hill Farmhouse and attached walls and gate piers (Formerly Listed as: CASTLE STREET Tower Hill Farmhouse) (Formerly Listed as: CASTLE STREET Garden walls at Tower Hill Farmhouse)


Farmhouse. C17 with 1614 datestone resited, remodelled c1700 and early/mid C18. MATERIALS: local rubble with timber lintels and some granite moorstone including some reused C17 fragments; rag slate and scantle slate roofs, hipped to front end of wing and at far right; a C17 crested clay ridge tile over gabled rear rubble lateral stack on right, another rubble lateral stack heightened with brick shaft left of centre, another left of front wing and brick gable stack on the left. PLAN: long T-shaped plan with scullery kitchen at far left with later lean-to pantry behind; kitchen/living room (possibly the original hall) with later lean-to porch behind; stair hall with cross passage on the left to small rear pantry attached left of the wide staircase; parlour wing at right-angles in front of pantry and passage; main doorway into lobby in front of staircase; principal parlour on right with lateral fireplace and later wing with no internal access at far right. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; irregular overall 6-window range. C18 twelve-pane hornless sashes with thick glazing bars 2nd from left and over porch, early/mid C19 hornless sashes to left to centre of wing (each floor) and paired sashes to each floor on right; early C19 30-pane 3-light casement to ground floor left; C20 copy under 2nd window and C20 twelve-pane horned sash to far right. Also to right-hand return of parlour is re-opened squint window with C20 casement. Masonry joint between right-hand wall of wing and rest of wing. Main doorway right of wing with C18 panelled door with fielded panels; early/mid C19 open porch 1-bay wide and 3-bays deep carried on square wooden posts with elliptical arches between and low-pitched roof which slopes down to the left. Another doorway between left-hand windows with late C19 planked door and slate hood on wooden brackets; also 4-panel door to right-hand wing. Datestone under eaves above principal chamber. Rear has several old windows including a tall C18 18-pane sash with thick glazing bars and some early C19 sashes with glazing bars. Rear porches have panelled doors. Left-hand return has blocked doorway; right-hand return has early C19 16-pane sash. INTERIOR: except for recent fitting of an electricity supply the interior has been unaltered for at least a century and retains most of its C18 structural features including undulating floors, studwork partitions and hardwood roof structures with lapped and pegged cranked collars and serpentine-shaped collars to slightly steeper roof of wing; many 2-panel doors, the attic door with an unusual spring latch. Parlour of c1700 has bolection-moulded 2-panel door, moulded ceiling cornice and central oval with acanthus rose; late C19 chimneypiece with tiled grate in possible C17 fireplace. Chamber over parlour has bolection-moulded chimneypiece, with late C19 grate, and plain plaster barrel ceiling. Front parlour has two C18 cupboards set into space continued from the masonry wall, and curved at the stair hall side; shouldered, round-arched panelled doors. Stair hall has wide C18 dogleg staircase with C19 stick balustrade. Kitchen/living room has brick-lined fireplace with early C18 moulded cornice and panelled overmantel surviving from its chimneypiece, splayed cupboard, possibly a former window, on the right and 3-leaf window shutters to wide front window. Scullery/laundry room has C18 or early C19 fireplace with copper and a cloam oven on its right; water trough set into wall by front window. Slate floors. Pantry by the staircase has C19 shelves and wooden ventilator over the partition. At the rear of the house and running through all the extensions is a slate-covered land drain, some of the slates have incised decoration. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: rubble wall adjoining at right-angles to front right of left-hand doorway, continuing with slate monoliths and low rubble wall in front of remainder of house with pair of granite gate piers on the right. Garden walls at Tower Hill Farmhouse listed 8/6/72.

Listing NGR: SX0728667123


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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: 18 Mar 2004
Reference: IOE01/11955/26
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