Heritage Category: Listed Building
List Entry Number: 1308164
Date first listed: 29-Jan-1952
Statutory Address: FORD HOUSE
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Statutory Address: FORD HOUSE
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: SJ 41272 13886
SJ 4013-4113 FORD C.P. FORD
13/59 Ford House 29.1.52
House. Circa 1730. Finely-jointed red brick with grey sandstone dressings; 2-span slate roof. Double-depth plan. 2 storeys and attic over basement. Painted moulded stone plinth, painted chamfered quoins, painted wooden modillion eaves cornice, and parapeted gable ends with chamfered stone coping, straight across valley. 3 dormers with 2-light horizontal-sliding sashes and triangular-pedimented gables; pairs of external brick end stacks with moulded stone offsets and dentil brick caps. 5 bays; glazing bar sashes with exposed boxes, moulded stone cills, and gauged brick heads with projecting triple keystones; central pair of half-glazed doors (raised and fielded bottom panels and margin lights above) with panelled reveals and soffit, moulded architrave, and porch with Tuscan columns and half-columns, entablature with moulded cornice, and lead-covered top. Rear (garden front): plinth, quoins, cornice, parapeted gable ends with urns at feet, 3 pedimented dormers; 5 bays; basement windows with chamfered reveals; ground-floor sashes cut down,probably in late C18; central pair of half-glazed doors (raised and fielded lower panels and margin lights), stone doorcase consisting of architrave with chamfered rustication and dropped keystone, and Tuscan pilasters supporting entablature with segmental pediment; 5 red sandstone steps with sides curving out to curtails; 3-bay gable end to south-west; tall stepped plinth. One-storey early C19 former kitchen block adjoining to north-east; hipped roof; L-plan; tall plinth to rear-and dentil brick eaves cornice; 3-light segmental-headed wooden casement to front with segmental-headed 2-panelled door to right; left-hand return front has 2-light segmental-headed wooden casement with dated stone shield above:"RLB / 1839"; short link to house has door with 6 flush panels. Interior: fairly complete early C18 fittings; ground floor has C18 doors with 6 raised and fielded panels, lugged architraves, and panelled reveals; staircase hall on east side of house: moulded cornice and fluted ceiling beams; archway to western part of house has doorcase with fluted pilasters, radial fanlight, and round arch with moulded architrave and keystone; 2-flight dog-leg staircase with half-landing, open string with cut brackets, 3 balusters per tread (one twisted, one turned and one fluted), turned and fluted newel posts, and moulded ramped handrail, wreathed to columnar newel post at foot; landing balustrade on 2 sides; ground-floor south-east room: early C19 remodelling with dado rail, plaster cornice and soffit; ground-floor north-east room has tall C18 raised and fielded panelling with dado rail, and moulded dentil cornice; plain architraves; C19 fireplace; first-floor archway has doorcase with fluted piers and moulded round arch with keystone; bedrooms: one with raised and fielded panelling, dado rail and moulded cornice; fireplace with lugged architrave, frieze with keystone and cornice; one with C17 and C19 panelling, 2 doors with 3 raised and fielded panels and L-hinges, lugged architraves with pulvinated frieze and moulded cornice. Ford House was the home of the Ambler family until 1793. Ford House is a well-preserved example of a small early C18 house and is the centre of a group including a terrace(qv) to the east and stables (qv) and barn (qv) to the north. V.C.H., Vol. VIII, pp.225-6; B.O.E., p.131; H. E. Forrest, FLS, Some old Shropshire Muses and their owners(1924), pp.54-8.
Listing NGR: SJ4127213886
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 258964
Legacy System: LBS
Books and journals
Forrest, H E , Some Old Shropshire Houses and their Owners, (1924), 54-8
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Shropshire, (1908), 225-6
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 131
This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.
End of official listing