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St. Helens (Metropolitan Authority)
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SJ 48976 90254


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 13/06/2012

SJ 49 SE 7/37 2487 9.6.52

RAINHILL RAINHILL Blundell’s Lane Old Hall Farmhouse


Former Great Hall, converted to farmhouse and now derelict. C14-C19: north wing has front of c1600 contains east end upper room of c1350 (formerly used as a chapel); south-east outshut block of c1600 links north wing to south-west C19 rectangular addition. C14 work coursed ashlar; C17 Flemish bond brick with stone quoins and details, C19 coursed ashlar. Stone slate and Welsh slate pitched roofs. Symmetrical C17 north front has central gabled entrance of 2 storeys breaking forward from 2 storey elevation. Massive stone quoins and moulded string course at first floor level separates Flemish bond brick from C14 coursed ashlar undercroft. Round-headed central entrance of dressed stone with altered 1st floor and attic storey windows above. Original C17 7-light mullioned and transomed window survives to upper floor of right bay, otherwise all fenestration scattered later insertions. East gable has C17 5-light mullioned and transomed window with C19 inserted door to upper storey, south elevation has 5-light transomed and mullioned window 1st storey, 4 light inserted C17 mullioned window to C14 undercroft. Moulded floor course rises one course to left of inserted door adjacent to junction with south-east C17 outshut which has catslide roof. Single storey south elevation has 4-light mullioned window. South-west C19 2-storey symmetrical front of 5 bays with central entrance. All windows 4-pane vertical sashes in flat-faced monolith surrounds with projecting cills and keystones paired to each storey bays 1,2,4,5. Rear eastern elevation plain with one C19 upper window and added porched entry. Interior of north wing contains C17 staircase to upper floor from entrance. The c1350 roof timbers survive in 5 bays of the interior. Raised crunk with curved and braced collars with short struts above. No ridge piece, rafters meet above upper purlin. Central purlin braced above and below principal rafters, with shaped braces forming quatrefoil panels containing three rafters per square. Moulded wall plate and collar braces. The manor, of which the Great Hall survives in part in this farmhouse, was originally an extensive sequence of buildings built round a courtyard on a moated site, none of which survives intact. Included in the listing are the C17 north front gate piers and wall. Archaeological Survey of Merseyside, Merseyside County Museums File ref 4890/1; VCH Lancashire IV,370.


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Books and journals
Farrer, W, Brownbill, J, The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, (1911), 370


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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