TF 27 NE WEST ASHBY BIRCH LANE
2/140 West Ashby House
Vicarage, now house. c.1710, mid C18, early C19, C20. Red
brick. Plain tile and pantile roofs with brick coped and tumbled
gables; ornate bracketed eaves cornice, slightly projecting
gable stacks and single ridge stack to rear. L-plan. 2 storeys
and attic, 5 bay east fron of c.1710 with first floor brick band.
Central early C18 doorway said to come from Captain Cook'shouse
in The Mile End Road, London, and inserted in c.1930; with
fluted Roman Do ric pilasters, panelled hood with ornate
consoles, frieze with parallel lines rising to central point,
traceried fanlight and panelled door. Doorway flanked by 2
glazing bar sashes on each side, with 4 glazing bar sashes above,
all with segmental heads. 3 dormer windows above, the central
window with a segmental head, the flanking windows, pedimented;
and all with small glazing bar sashes. South-west side of front
range with early C18 Venetian window inserted in c.1930, with
outer Ionic pilasters flanking a pair of Ionic half columns,
central semi-circular headed window with ashlar keystone.
Staircase window to left with semi-circular head with ashlar
keystone and glazing bar sash. South side of rear range with 3
bays and first floor brick band. Mid C18 doorway to right,
inserted in c.1930, with semi-circular headed, moulded doorcase
with initial GH on doorcase, panelled hood with consoles and
cherubs' heads, and panelled door. Doorway flanked by single 2
light sliding sashes, with 2 two light sliding sashes above, all
with segmental heads. Small C19 and C20 additions to west and
north. Hall with black and white marble floor and 7 flight
return staircase with ornately carved tread ends, 3 turned
bannisters with square knops to each tread and moulded handrail.
Hall with C18 fielded pine panelling from Kelsey House, Mercer
Row, Louth in c.1930, with bolection moulded fireplace and 2
semi-circular headed corner cupboards with shell motif in heads.
Drawing room with early C18 fielded pine panelling, possibly
inserted in c.1930, with bolection moulded fireplace and Venetian
window with pine corinthianesque pilasters flanking 2 pine
corinthianesque half columns. Back sitting room with C18 pine
cupboard with flanking fluted pilasters and fielded panelling.
C18 fireplace in master bedroom with eared outer surround,
bolection moulded inner surround, bands of Greek key pattern and
Delft tiles. C18 staggered purlin roofs. Sources: Richard
Hough. "The Murder of Captain James Cook". London 1979, p.32.
Lincolnshire Standard, 17th August, 1963. Evening Telegraph 9th
December, 1965. Lincolnshire Life. July 1971, p.33.
Listing NGR: TF2654972446