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Description: The Hyde and Adjoining Hop Kiln
Date Listed: 6 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 150734
OS Grid Reference: SO6285461928
OS Grid Coordinates: 362854, 261928
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2543, -2.5456
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STOKE BLISS CP BROMYARD ROAD (west side)
SO 66 SW
6/47 The Hyde and adjoining
hop kiln (formerly listed
6.10.52 (The Hyde) as The Hyde Farmhouse and
18.4.66 (Barn) Barn)
Farmhouse and adjoining hop kiln, now part of farmhouse. C14, altered late
C16, mid- to late C19 and late C20. Coursed dressed rubble with ashlar
dressings, some brickwork and timber-framing; plain tiled roofs with barge-
boards and moulded pendant finials at gable ends. Main roof has group of
four brick stacks with joint cap; also brick stack at south-west end. Base-
cruck hall house with cross-wings; hall is of three main bays measuring 34
feet 9 inches by 19 feet 9 inches and is aligned north-west/south-east with
a large inserted chimney to south-west of centre forming a baffle-entrance
and also an external chimney with a tall brick stack to south-east elevation.
Solar wing of three bays at south-west end and service wing of two bays at
north-east end. Part single storey and attic with dormers, part two storeys.
Framing: no framing visible externally except for south-east gable end of
service wing which has a collar and tie-beam truss with three struts below
the collar and a V-strut above. North-east front elevation: windows are
mainly C20 casements with cambered heads and dropped keyblocks. Hall has two
large and one small 3-light casement on the ground floor and a narrow pointed
C14 window with a large and a small trefoil opening in the arched head. There
are three gabled dormers with 2-light casements. The central gabled C19 porch
has chamfered pointed doorway and a C20 door. Within is a C19 door which has
a transom light with C14 oak tracery. The solar wing gable end has a ground and
first floor 3-light casement and a pointed leaded attic light. The service wing
gable end has a 2-light casement on both floors and a set of half-glazed double
doors to the left. A small wing adjoins to the right with a ground floor
square window and a skylight. This links the farmhouse to the former hop kiln.
The hop kiln is square in plan with a gabled roof and cowl. There is a 2-light
ground floor window and a rectangular first floor window in its front elevation.
Interior: the building has fine examples of C14 open timber roofs. The base
crucks of the hall roof are massive and heavily moulded. Each bay has an
intermediate truss of which the lower section of the principal rafters has
been cut back. There are two tiers of slender purlins and large heavily cusped
wind-braces. Each of the massive knee braces had a capital carved into its
lower vertical section with the carving continued up to the cruck to conceal
the joint. The spere truss is of lighter construction but of the same date.
The solar wing roof is much smaller but with similarly fine detailing. It has
arch-braced collar and tie-beam trusses, cusped wind-braces and cambered ceiling
beams. The main beams are painted with abstract designs and a wall panel also
has remains of a blue floral design. The building has some remains of C16 and
C17 panelling, a C17 oak winder staircase in the solar wing and a large fire-
place. One of the earliest hall and cross-wing houses in the county and the
most complete, and monumental of the two surviving base cruck halls in Worcester-
shire. (VCH, IV, p 349-50; BoE, p 254-5; Alcock, N W: CBA Cruck Catalogue, 1981).
Listing NGR: SO6285461928
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Source: English Heritage
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