RADFORD

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1309960
Date first listed:
11-Feb-1988
Statutory Address:
RADFORD

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Location

Statutory Address:
RADFORD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Werrington
National Grid Reference:
SX3180988998

Details

WERRINGTON SX 38 NW 9/283 Radford 11.2.88 GV II*

House, now farmhouse. Probably C15 with early C17 alterations and extensions. Stone rubble and cob. Rag slate roof with gable and hipped ends. Some early crested ridge tiles. Stone rubble axial, end and lateral stacks. Plan: Courtyard plan with main range on south comprising 3 room and through passage plan, the lower end to left (east) heated by a rear lateral stack, the hall to right of centre heated by a rear lateral stack and the inner room beyond to right (west), heated by an end stack. The circa late C16 or early C17 wing to front right (north- west) is of one-room plan heated by an end stack and the wing to front left (north- east) appears to be a later C17 or C18 extension and is unheated. The wall on the north side, to front, encloses the courtyard, with a central C17 entrance (qv entrance to courtyard and flanking walls to north of Radford). The chronological development of the house is uncertain and only part of the roof structure was accessible. The hall it appears was open to the roof, the lower end possibly ceiled from the beginning and it is uncertain whether the inner room was ceiled. The lower end is heated by a rear lateral stack with a newel stair adjoining the stack providing access to the chamber above. The doorframes from the passage to the lower end and to the stair projection are of Medieval character and are probably C16. The cross wall on the lower side of the passage continues up to the apex. The roof structure above the hall was not accessible and it is uncertain whether the hall was originally heated by an open hearth. The cross wall on the higher side of the passage may be a later C16 replacement of a hall screen; probably altered when a small chamber was inserted above the passage and jettied into the hall. The thinner partition above the putative jetty continues up to the apex of the roof. The hall fireplace was covered over in the C20 and it is uncertain whether it is an insertion. In the late C16 or early C17 a hall bay was added, adjoining the projecting for the hall stack, probably coeval with the flooring of the hall. However, the tenants noted that when the hall floor joists were exposed briefly in the 1970s the floor structure was made of forked branches of a tree with the date '1511' inscribed on one of the branches. It is probable that the roof structure above the hall and inner room was raised when the hall's floor was inserted and an axial stack inserted in the cross wall between the inner room and hall to heat the chamber above the hall. The wing to the front of the inner room was probably added at this time and a stair projection added to the front of the hall; the high quality carving of the door frames from the stair projecting to the first floor chambers suggesting an early to mid C17 date. The inner room was panelled probably in the late C17 or early C18 and the bolection moulded chimney-pieces in two of the chambers suggests that there were other similar alterations. The unheated wing to front of the lower end is probably Cl8, possibly on the site of an earlier wing. The wing to front right was partly rebuilt in the C20. Exterior: Two storeys. North elevation fac?- courtyard with wings to front right and left and three storey stair projection to right of centre, in angle with front right hand wing. Asymmetrical 2:1 window front. Entrance to left of centre with C19 door with ovolo moulded timber lintel and slate hood above. C19 2-light casement to left and C20 window to right with C17 ovolo moulded timber lintel. The roof levels vary with a lower roof over the lower end and passage and raised roof above hall and inner room. To the front of the hall on the right a gabled 3-storey stair projection with C17 ovolo-moulded lintels to the window openings; unglazed small 2-light timber mullion window on ground floor. C19 3-light casement to first and one-light casement in partly blocked opening lighting the attic. The 2-storey wing to front right has been partly rebuilt in the C20 with C20 fenestration. The 2-storey wing to front Left has a C19 2-light casement in the side wall and plank double door in the end with pigeon holes above. The left hand side elevation of this wing has several altered openings with a C17 unglazed 3-light timber mullion window lighting the upper floor. The left hand (lower) gable end of the main range is constructed of particularly fine masonry with slate galetting. South elevation of 2-storeys. Asymmetrical 2 window front with double gable end to left and lower roof over passage and lower end to right. Entrance to right of centre with C17 moulded door frame with ornate vase stops and slate hood above. To right of the entrance is a stair projection with narrow slit openings and adjoining projecting lateral stack which heats the lower end. The shaft of the stack was partly rebuilt in the mid C20. To the left is the projecting lateral hall stack with gabled 2-storey hall bay adjoining on the higher (left hand) side and 2-storey gabled end to the inner room beyond. There are two C19 24-pane sashes on the ground floor with moulded slate string above and two C19 16-pane sashes which light the chambers above the inner room and hall. Interior: Wide through passage with early rounded timber arched doorframe on lower side with C17 door with moulded cover strips. The lower end has heavy chamfered floor joists with deep straight cut stops. Part of the deeply chamfered lintel to the fireplace is visible and the adjoining entrance to the stone newel stair has an early rounded arch which is rebated for a door. There is a similar rounded arched door frame above. C17 moulded doorframe to hall with high quality carved vase stops. The hall has a high plastered ceiling and the putative jetty is plastered over. C20 hall fireplace with small piece of the slate lintel visible decoratively carved with heraldic arms. The inner room has complete late C17 or early C18 raised and fielded panelling with a circa C18 simple marble chimney-piece and heavy C18 moulded cornice. The doorframe from the early to mid C17 stair projection is moulded and ornately stopped on both faces and there is a small cupboard on the ground floor of the projection with early butterfly hinges. The C17 stair has been partly remodelled and reset but retains the original turned newels, turned balustered and thin deep moulded rail. On the first floor the door frames to the chambers above the hall, inner room and front right hand wing are moulded and ornately stopped being coeval with the stair. Some circa late C17 or early C18 panelling has been reset at the top of the stair. The third flight of the stair which leads from the hall chamber to the attic has been blocked and the moulded C17 doorframe, which survives intact, has been wallpapered over. The roof was largely inaccessible at time of survey. The trusses above the hall, inner room and front right hand wing are heavy and appear to have deeply trenched or threaded purlins. The trusses above the lower end appear morticed at the apices with halved, lap-jointed and pegged cambered, chamfered collars and deeply trenched and threaded purlins. In a list of "Papists and delinquents" residing in North Devon in 1646, the Royalist, Capt. Thomas Eastcot of Radford was marked as "notorious". Peter, Otto The Manor and Park of Herrington, 1906.

Listing NGR: SX3180988998

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
68172
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Otto, P, The Manor and Park of Werrington, (1906)

Legal

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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