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Description: Shell Manor
Date Listed: 29 December 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 147847
OS Grid Reference: SO9505659823
OS Grid Coordinates: 395056, 259823
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2366, -2.0738
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HIMBLETON CP SHELL
SO 95 NE
7/171 (19/8) Shell Manor (formerly
listed as Shell Manor
29.12.52 Farmhouse and gate piers)
Farmhouse, now house. Mid-C15, partly rebuilt c1600 with late C17 and C18
additions; restored 1961-2. Timber-framed with painted brick and rendered
infill on lias limestone rubble plinth; plain tiled roofs. H-plan; central
hall of two framed bays aligned north-west/south-east with cross-passage
and porch wing; north-west solar wing of three framed bays and south-east
service wing of two framed bays; the solar wing is the only surviving
medieval part and has an external sandstone chimney, formerly with small
gabled lancets at the corners of a short brick stack; during C16 it was
surmounted by two diagonal brick shafts with oversailing cap courses inter-
laced with tiles; the hall and service wing were rebuilt c1600, the hall
with a rear stack, and the service wing with a side external lias limestone
rubble chimney with three star-shaped shafts (though both serve only two
fireplaces); late in C17 the service wing was extended by two framed bays
and a C18 brick stable block was built at the rear gable end. Two storeys
and attics. Framing: close-set studding throughout with some short straight
braces in the upper corners; the porch wing has a jettied upper level on
consoles; collar and tie-beam trusses, the solar wing has close-set studding
above and below the collar, the service wing has decorative herringbone
and lattice panels. South-west front elevation: C20 windows, mainly ovolo-
moulded mullioned and transomed type; hall has a ground- and first-floor
4-light window; porch entrance has a moulded architrave and C17 door within;
solar gable end has a 3-light window on both floors, the ground-floor window
has side lights; the service gable end has a 4-light window on both floors and
an attic light; continuous plank weatherings at first floor and attic level.
Interior: reported as having particularly interesting features in solar wing,
notably roof which has a massive open truss with cambered tie-beam, and
relatively slender intermediate arch-braced trusses and also wind-braces
which meet in a series of pointed arches above the purlins; the ground floor
is divided into former parlour and ante-chamber by a partition with a 4-
centred arched doorway. In the hall a former stair led up to the first floor
of the solar, the doorway still being identified by a 4-centred arched lintel.
Stone fireplaces are chamfered and have massive stone lintels; the solar
chimney has the flue of the lower fireplace rising outside that of the upper
fireplace. (F W B with Mary Charles, Conservation of Timber Buildings, 1984,
p 137-147; VCH 3 (ii), p 391; BoE, p 59-60 and 156).
Listing NGR: SO9505659823
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Source: English Heritage
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