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West Lancashire (District Authority)
Up Holland
National Grid Reference:
SD 52264 06937



SD50NW LAFFORD LANE 783-1/2/41 (East side) 07/01/52 Johnson's Farmhouse


Farmhouse. Dated 1647 on gable of south wing, but the main range may be late medieval/earlier C16 in origin; altered. Cream-painted roughcast render probably on sandstone rubble, composition tile roof. H-plan: one-bay hall-range with north and south crosswings, the latter incorporating an integral porch. Single-storey hall and 2-storey wings, 1:1:2 windows. The south wing has the porch in its left side with a Tudor-arched outer doorway and a studded inner door with strap hinges, above the doorway a square datestone with chamfered surround and raised lettering: N/ IE/ 1647, and mullioned windows of 4 lights at ground floor, and 2 and 4 lights at 1st floor, both the larger windows lacking the central mullion, those at 1st floor more deeply recessed and with double-chamfered heads, all with rendered mullions, a hoodmould over that at ground floor and a similar hoodmould over both at 1st floor. To the left the low hall-range has a modern 3-light casement window; the north wing has an altered 3-light window at ground floor, and a formerly 4-light double-chamfered mullioned window at 1st floor now lacking the 1st and 3rd mullions, with a hoodmould. Ridge chimney in line with porch. The right-hand return wall of the south wing has mullioned windows of 1 and 5 lights with hoodmoulds; the rear has various small casement windows. INTERIOR: some features of the hall range suggest that it may have originated as a late medieval open hall, perhaps aisled: it is very wide, and at the north end there are 2 posts, that on the east side roll-moulded (like a spere-post), the other plain but based on the stub of a timber sill mounted on a stone plinth; and between them a shallow sloped studded cove or canopy, suggesting either a former spere truss or a dais; at opposite end a very large inglenook with moulded stone heck and straight timber bressumer with similar coving above it; and ceiling carried on large spine beam with pair of secondary lateral beams; in roof space of hall-range, remains of fire-hood above the inglenook, but no continuation of the possible spere-posts at the lower end. HISTORY: probably originally a timber-framed open-hall (perhaps aisled), cased in stone and a ceiling inserted when the south wing was built in 1647; north wing added in later C17 (probably replacing north end of hall-range); occupied in 1650s by John Naylor, yeoman, and his wife Ellen. Forms a group with barn approx 10 metres south-east (qv) and with pair of cottages on opposite (west) side of lane (qv). (Private Report and Survey: Miller G: 1987-).

Listing NGR: SD5226406937


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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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