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Description: Brooking House
Date Listed: 26 April 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 101073
OS Grid Reference: SX7593860558
OS Grid Coordinates: 275938, 60558
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4317, -3.7481
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SX76SE Brooking House
Parsonage to the Church of St Barnabas (qv) now a private house divided
into 2 properties. Circa 1885. The architect is not known, probably the
same architect that designed the church. Local stone rubble, probably
limestone, harled. Scantle slate roof with gabled ends and low crested
ridge tiles of the type used in the C17. Some of the gables are slate
hung. Rendered axial, gable end and lateral stacks.
Plan: is roughly L-shaped with a large 2-storey entrance porch on the
front, to the right of which is the service wing with a range of small
outhouses attached on the front right including a larder, a wash-house and
a pump-house arranged around a small yard. To the left of the porch a wing
containing the principal room, probably the drawing room, overlooking the
garden on the left side. The entrance hall leads from the porch to the
rear wing which has a corridor on its right side and the stairwell and a
small room, possibly the study on the left and there is a library at the
far end of the wing. Asymmetrical elevations in an Arts and Crafts
vernacular revival style.
Exterior: 2 storeys: North entrance front has a large projecting gabled
porch to left of centre with a rounded arch doorway off centre to left and
a large raking buttress to the right of the doorway with a small window on
its right side with a hoodmould. In the porch above the doorway a 3-light
casement with glazing bars and dripstone and above that a ventilation slit.
The angle to the right of the porch is splayed and has a segmental arch
blind doorway. The service wing to the right has 1- and 2-light casements
with glazing bars and 2 gables with decoratively shaped slate hanging, the
right hand gables partly rehung with asbestos slates. Projecting to the
right of the service wing the single storey larger with a ventilation slit
in the gable end and a louvred ventilator on the ridge. The larder is
linked to a wash-house to the far right by a stone wall screening a small
yard behind; the wall has a segmental arch doorway and rendered
battlements. Within the yard the main service wing has a large 3-light
kitchen window with glazing bars and a doorway to the kitchen through the
larder. To the right on the gable end of the service wing an outshut with
ventilation slits and gables on a monopitch roof.
To the left of the main entrance porch a projecting lateral stack with set-
Left-hand return east garden front: Projecting gable end of main range to
the right with a ground floor 4-light mullion transom casement and first
floor 3-light casement with glazing bars. To the left of the gable a small
4-centred arch stair window, and to the left of centre a projecting bay
with a jettied slate hung first floor gable on large shaped timber brackets
supporting a moulded plate and exposed joist ends. The wall to the left is
blind. The rear south gable end of this wall has a square ground floor bay
window with a slated hipped roof. The inner-west face of this rear wing
has 2 gables with asbestos slate-hanging, swept raking buttress with
weathering and a small single-light 4-centred arch window.
The rear of the service wing has a 3-light band of windows to light the
landing, under the eaves and above the back doorway which has a depressed
2-centred arch; other irregularly spaced small windows. Across the ground
storey of the back of the service wing there is a C20 conservatory.
Interior: Inside the porch there are benches, double cyma moulded ceiling
beams with run-out stops and an ovolo-moulded 3-centred arch wooden
doorframe; the porch to the right. Dog-leg staircase with a moulded
string, heavy turned balusters, chamfered newels and a moulded handrail.
Wooden chimneypiece in the former study has guilloche frieze and a moulded
cornice shelf supported on recessed console brackets, the cast-iron fire
grate is decorated with roundels flowers butterflies and whorls. The
library has a moulded plaster ceiling of geometric design, and a wooden
chimneypiece with a bracketed metal shelf; the book shelves have been
removed. The drawing room has a fireplace with moulded stone jambs and a
brick segmental arch with a keystone which supports the mantel shelf; the
ceiling has moulded ribs in a grid pattern. Most of the original internal
joinery is intact including well designed panelled doors with scratch
moulded stiles and rails. The hall has a patterned tile floor. On the
first floor some of the chimneypieces survive and they are smaller and of
Listing NGR: SX7593860558
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Source: English Heritage
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