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Description: The Dower House
Date Listed: 13 August 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 145569
OS Grid Reference: SU4245134813
OS Grid Coordinates: 442451, 134813
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1110, -1.3950
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SU 4234 CRAWLEY CRAWLEY
11/13 The Dower House
Mansion, once the rectory. C17, with a large mid C19 extension at the south
side, and early C20 extensions on the north side. Brick walls, and tiled roof.
The C17 core is a plain 2-storeyed block with a tile roof, upper walls of red
brickwork in English bond above flint walls, casement windows within chamfered
stone frames (single units and pairs with mullions). The southward extension
is a double-pile taller unit of Victorian/Tudor style, having red brick walls in
Flemish bond with stone dressings; verge to the raised gables, crenellated
parapet with Gothic weathering band, hoodmoulds to mullioned windows, some
finials. A 2-storeyed porch is placed to the right of centre, with a gable
above a stone oriel above a Tudor archway: to its south side is a single-
storeyed castellated unit and above it (in the main wall) a Gothic (staircase)
window. The other elevations also have 2-storeyed projections, and have the
same details. At right-angles to the main (north-south) axis, abutting the
main street, is a service wing (mainly recast and extended in the early C20),
of 2 storeys, with irregular fenestration, and 3 unequal gables above jeftied
1st floors, containing bricknogged timber-framing, the lower walls being of
brickwork: beneath the middle gable is a stone-framed doorway. On either
side a boundary wall of flint with brick dressings extends, at the west side
pierced by a Tudor stone doorway, with a gabled roof above. Between the service
wing and the original building is a red brick (castle-type) tower, of the early
C20, with a parapet projected on stone brackets, narrow (slit) windows, and an
octagonal staircase turret in the north-east corner. Inside the original part
is a fine oak ceiling: the mid Cl9 part has a fine panelled room of C17 panels,
with patterned ceiling and fireplace of the same style, elsewhere (staircase and
entrance hall) there is 'Jacobean' detail. A remarkable assembly of parts,
all of late Tudor and Jacobean style, but of different periods.
Listing NGR: SP5090632247
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Source: English Heritage
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