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Description: Wichenford Court
Date Listed: 12 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 151796
OS Grid Reference: SO7879059835
OS Grid Coordinates: 378790, 259835
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2363, -2.3120
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SO 75 NE WICHENFORD CP
3/126 Wichenford Court
House. C15 origins, rebuilt in early C18, restored mid-C20. Brick
on partly coursed sandstone rubble plinth, hipped tiled roof, 2 brick ridge
stacks with oversailing cap courses to rear wings. Two storeys, cellar and
attic with dormers; 3 course band between main storeys and dentilled eaves
course. U-shaped plan of front range with 2 rear wings at each end and also
2 small wings at centre of rear. Seven bays; all windows are wooden cross
casements with leaded lights; ground floor windows have flat, gauged brick
arches; 2 gabled dormers with casements. Central panelled timber door,
rectangular fanlight with central glazing bar, and flat canopy on 3 carved
brackets. Windows in side elevations have cambered heads. Interior Roof
timbers mainly reused from former timber-framed structure on site. East
room on first floor has early C17 panelling and a carved overmantel. The
central front room also has panelling, now painted white. A cupboard at
the top of the stairs is lined with wallpaper c1735, in good condition and
a rare survival. Many of the windows retain their wrought iron fasteners.
C18 staircase replaced by mid-C20 one but balusters reused in rear extension
above cellar stairs and in outbuilding (qv).
A substantial medieval manor house originally stood on site, complete with
moat, drawbridge and gatehouse. Form early C15 to late C17 the house belonged
to Washbourne family and it is alleged that during the wars between Henry IV
and Owen Glendower, a French nobleman was held captive in the house and
subsequently murdered by Margaret Washbourne; a bloodstain is maintained
on the landing to this day. The major rebuilding took place c1710. By the
early C20 building had deteriorated and was sub-divided for farming purposes.
The mid-C20 restoration included several rear additions and recreation of a
Listing NGR: SO7878859839
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Source: English Heritage
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