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Statutory Address:

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Tamworth (District Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SK 20223 03960



SK2003NW LICHFIELD STREET 670-1/8/110 (South side) 11/05/50 The Moat House


House, now restaurant. c1572 with C18 refenestration and C19 and C20 additions. Brick, some ashlar dressings; tile roof with brick stacks. Elizabethan style. H-plan. 2 storeys with attic; symmetrical 8-window range; ends project under gables with C20 single-storey infill between. All gables are crow-stepped. Entrance has bolection-moulded architrave, armorial panel and gable with ball finial. 5 windows to ground floor centre have 12-pane sashes; ends each have 2 windows with 12-pane sashes under drip course, those to left end with thick glazing bars; 1st floor has 6 windows have dripstones over 12-pane sashes with thick glazing bars, ends have Venetian windows with similar sashes; attic has 3 gabled dormer windows, these and end gables have 6-pane sashes. Several C19 multi-shafted stacks with blue brick enrichment; inner returns have end stacks to gablets. Left end has 3-stage tower, the top stage reconstructed in C19, with ashlar embattled parapet and 2-light double-chamfered mullion windows under dripstones. To left, a C19 service wing with similar details; gable over 4-light transomed ground floor and 3-light 1st floor window and attic light. Right return has lean-to outshut with 2 gablets and 2 gabled dormers. Rear has 2 gables to left and one gable to right of recess with C19 gabled wing with C20 infill to left; C16 windows mostly double-chamfered mullions; left end obscured by ivy, sashed windows; stair wing to left of recess has C16 cross-mullioned windows; right end has two 3-light windows to ground floor, casement replacing sash to 1st floor; all attic windows have 2- or 3-light windows with small-paned casements. C19 kitchen court to right end with embattled parapet to wall. INTERIOR: some Tudor-headed doors to ground floor; segmental-headed recess has C17 panelling; fireplace has Tudor arch with enriched spandrels in architrave with frieze and cornice; open-well staircase has square newels with pendants and ball finials, strapwork panels and moulded handrail; top landing has splat balusters (as at Tamworth Castle q.v.); 1st floor has long room with C16 plaster ceiling with square and oval panels with armorial bearings or birds with grapes and Tudor-arched fireplace has architrave with fluted frieze and cornice. The house was owned by the Comberford family, who entertained Charles I while Prince of Wales. One of Tamworth's oldest and most interesting buildings. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London: 1974-: P.279).

Listing NGR: SK2022303960


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Staffordshire, (1974), 279


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: 29 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/00958/01
Rights: Copyright IoE Ms Kaz Diller. Source Historic England Archive
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