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Low Butterby Farmhouse and Barn Adjoining at South-East, Croxdale and Hett

Description: Low Butterby Farmhouse and Barn Adjoining at South-East

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 109944

OS Grid Reference: NZ2756039369
OS Grid Coordinates: 427560, 539369
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7485, -1.5734

Location: Hett, Durham DH6 5JN

Locality: Croxdale and Hett
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH6 5JN

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There is also a scheduled monument, Moated Site at Low Butterby Farm, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

NZ 23 NE
6/63 Inset Low Butterby
28/2/52 Farmhouse and barn
adjoining at south-
east (formerly
listed in Sunderland
Bridge C.P.)

Farmhouse, now 2 dwellings, and linked barn, the latter now partly domestic.
Mainly C17 and early C18 but incorporating some late medieval masonry; C19
alterations. Squared, coursed rubble; purple slate roofs and rebuilt brick
chimney stacks. Linked U-plan group in 2 parts around entrance yard: L-plan
farmhouse and rear wing; barn at right-angles on wing. Group bounded on 2
sides by a walled moat (see Item 6/64).
Farmhouse entered from yard. 2-storey, 3-bay block facing garden has C19
window openings and steeply-pitched roof with end stacks. Battered abutment
with stone-flagged top, rising from moat, and 2 blocked attic windows,
flanking old-brick flue, on right return. 2-storey, 4-bay wing, overlooking
moat at right-angles on rear of front block, with lower 2-storey, 2-bay
section at right. 4-bay section has identical abutment, blocked cross
windows, late C20 casements in C18 first-floor openings and steeply-pitched
roof with right endandridge stacks. Lower section has fragmentary chamfered
plinth, off-centre straight joint, altered openings and roof hippped at
right. Facing yard: taller section of wing has chamfered Tudor-arched
doorway behind C20 porch; similar doorway in lean-to addition on lower
section of wing.
2-storey, 5-bay barn overlooking moat: Squared quoins, chamfered plinth
and probably medieval masonry in lower courses. First-floor partly rebuilt
and roof replaced in C19. Moat bridge (Item 6/64) leads to central C17 Tudor-
arched doorway with faceted keystone. Flanking blocked breathers, 2 altered
openings in domestic section at left; stone gutter spout and C19 opening to
right; 2 altered openings above. Roof has coped right gable and is hipped
at left. Identical Tudor-arched doorway and chamfered loading-door surround
on right return.
Interior of 4-bay section of wing: Closed-string, L-plan staircase: balusters
removed from lower flight; upper flight rises between early C18 panelled
walls. On landing: 2-panel door at right into altered room; 8-panel door
in architrave at left into bedroom with early C18 panelling, dado rail, window
shutters, ceiling cornice and 2 jib doors flanking fireplace.
C20 additions, in textured concrete blocks, on wing facing yard are not of
Low Butterby was in important medieval manor occupied by the Lumley and
Chaytor families.

Listing NGR: NZ2756039369

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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