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Description: Southwood Manor House
Date Listed: 25 March 1991
English Heritage Building ID: 100021
OS Grid Reference: SX8473947859
OS Grid Coordinates: 284739, 47859
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3194, -3.6204
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Southwood Manor House
5/237 including garden area
wall adjoining East
Farmhouse. Circa late C16 or early C17, remodelled and extended probably
later in C17 and with C18 and/or C19 and C20 alterations.
Local slate rubble; front and rear walls of cross-wing are rendered.
Asbestos tile roof with gabled ends, cross-wing is hipped. Stone rubble
stacks with slate weathering; lower gable end stack and axial cross-wing
Plan: The original house had a 2 or 3 room plan, the large lower end room
to the right (north) has a big gable end fireplace with an oven and newel
staircase to a heated chamber above. The putative central cross or through
passage divided from the lower end by a full-height wall has a blocked
doorway at the back but the evidence for a front doorway is not clear. To
the left (south) of the passage the cross-wing projecting at the front might
be a C17 alteration of the original hall and the large stack at the back
with an oven is possibly the hall's rear lateral stack. In the lower right
hand angle of the cross-wing there is what appears to have been a stair
turret. The small unheated room behind the cross-wing with a chamber above
and the 2 outshuts behind the lower end are probably late C17 or C18
additions. In circa late C19 the cross-wing was sub-divided providing a
stairwell on its lower right side and an entrance lobby at the front. In
C20 an outshut was added at the back between the cross-wing and lower end
outshuts and a partition has recently been inserted into the cross-passage.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical. 1:2 window east front with projecting
hipped roof cross-wing to left with C20 sash on ground and first floors, C20
glazed door to right and square stair turret to right in the angle with the
main range. The main range to the right has 2 small late C19 first floor
sashes and left door to right and on the ground floor a C20 casement to left
and right, that to the right is larger, partly blocked opening with slate
hoodmould and chamfered timber lintel; doorway at centre of main range.
Rear (west) has catslide roof over low outshut to left with small window
openings and hipped roof wing to right with C20 casement and with C20
outshut in space between wing and outshut. The right hand (north) side of
cross-wing has projecting oven and C19 3-light first floor casement window.
The lower right hand (north) end has weathered string course at first floor
level and first floor window right of stack with slate hoodmould.
Including front garden area wall adjoining front (east) of south cross-wing,
circa C19, slate rubble with pair of square gate-piers with rustic caps.
Interior: Only the lower north end was inspected. It has chamfered
closely-spaced cross-beams (joists) with ogee stops, dressed stone jambs and
stone bread oven in the left hand side under stove newel stairs to chamber
above which also has a fireplace with a chamfered timber lintel with
straight cut stops. The lower end chamber ceiling is supported on closely
spaced chamfered cross beams.
The higher south end cross-wing was not inspected inside but was seen to
have chamfered axial beam with stops and large axial fireplace at back of
main room with chamfered timber lintel and oven in left hand corner.
The roof over the lower north end has straight principal rafters with halved
lapped and pegged collar and portions on the back of the principals.
Listing NGR: SX8473947859
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Source: English Heritage
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