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Description: Little Chilton Farmhouse, and Mounting Block Attached
Date Listed: 14 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 112226
OS Grid Reference: NZ2950231436
OS Grid Coordinates: 429502, 531436
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6771, -1.5440
NZ 23 SE FERRYHILL A167
(East side off)
6/20 Little Chilton
House, possibly originally manor house; adjacent to deserted medieval village.
Probably C14 with late medieval and C19 alterations and additions. Pebble-
dashed render with painted ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roof with other
overlapping stone gable copings. Cross-passage T-plan with second C19 rear
wing on left return.
2 storeys, 5 windows. 2-storey, one-bay wing on left return; lower 2-storey,
one-bay wing to left of passage. One,-storey, one-bay right extension.
3-window left section symmetrical, with central 6-panel door and small overlight
in simple pedimented surround with Tuscan pilasters; flanking double sashes
have wedge stone lintels and projecting thin sills; similar sills to 4-pane
sash over door and double sashes in flanking bays. 2-centred arched doorway,
to right of these, contains 4-panel door and shaped overlight; double sashes
in bay to right are similar to those in left part of house; C20 fixed light
over door with opening transom. Roof steeply-pitched, with ridge chimneys at
ends and to left of pointed door. 3 small flat skylights.
Earlier rear wing has sash in rear gable, with render above cracked in lancet
shape; eaves of this wing raised at return to third bay; chimney mid-slope
on other side of roof. Later rear wing has rear stone-coped gable and end
Interior shows corbelled head to pointed-arched doorway, and cross-passage
from the latter to added longitudinal rear passage. Wall at right of cross
passage, said by occupier to have concealed sharp set-back at head level,
curves away from door. Left wall interrupted by large cupboard containing
C18 coat-pegs, and triangular-section blocks, probably remains of
stair. Wide beams, stop-chamfered joists; 6-panel doors in bolection-
moulded surround. Room to left of this wall shows massive fire-beam to stone
chimney set against passage wall; similar beam, altered, to left end room
fireplace. Renewed stair in rear outshut against earlier rear wing; C19
stair in second rear wing. Position of original stair not clear, but perhaps
represented by half-arched curve over cross passage to rear of chimney. Right
gable wall c.1½ metres thick,with modern lavatory at first-floor level
contained within it; other walls c.0.8 metre thick.
Roof: 2 pegged kerb principal trusses with 2 levels of trenched purlins; the
upper on protruding collar ends; short king posts with longitudinal bracing
removed; renewed ridge, the former ridge having rested on cut at side of
jowls. Some c.0.3 metre-wide floorboards; small door-frame in partition
between parts to right and left of intermediate chimney evidence of partitions.
Carpenters' marks are long, indented Roman numbers.
Earlier rear wing, only partly inspected, shows arched tie-beams in upper room.
Source: R. Surtees, History of Co. Durham, III, 1823, p.287.
Listing NGR: NZ2950231436
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