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Description: Polhampton Farmhouse
Date Listed: 16 May 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 139356
OS Grid Reference: SU5284650624
OS Grid Coordinates: 452846, 150624
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2523, -1.2442
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SU 54 NW 16.5.66 Polhampton Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Mid C17 with early C19 alterations and extension. Double
pile plan with small single storeyed addition on the east side. The
north and west elevations are little altered, having red brick walling
in English bond with a moulded eaves band, a shallow "entablature"
first floor band of brick and tile mouldings, windows set in
projecting brickwork frames (some eaved) with moulded brick mullins
(of 2, 3 and 5 openings some now filled with brickwork), plinth;
casements. Steep hipped tiled roof, 2 hipped dormers on the east face;
2 massive shafted stacks. The main front (south) has been altered in
the early C19 and is of 3 windows with a central pediment/gable
containing a circular light. First floor brick band and plinth.
Casements with cambered openings. Six-panelled door within a simple
architrave and cornice on brackets. The east side is tile hung, the
addition having a half-hipped tiled roof and a corner tapered stack.
Interior has a mid C17 dog-leg staircase with closed string, turned
balusters (symmetrical in both axees) square newel posts with shaped
finials and a moulded handrail. On the attic landing the balustrade
returns to the wall which has a flat "splat" newel post, Dining room
has panelled walls above which is a particularly fine plastered frieze
consisting of double-headed eagles alternating with a large leaf
motif. Both eagles and leaves are linked by strapwork. At the junction
of the wall and ceiling are a series of dentils with leaf
(arthenian?) and petal enrichment. Above the fireplace is a large
panel with 3 figures set in foliage and flowers, including roses, vine
leaves and others. Above and below this panel are single rows of
nailhead-type ornament and around the whole is a rose and thistle
trail also with small dentils. A similar panel exists over the
fireplace in the bedroom above the dining room. Front rooms retain
chamfered axial beams. Some 6 panelled doors.
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Source: English Heritage
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