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Tookeys Farmhouse, Astwood Bank

Description: Tookeys Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 10 April 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 156480

OS Grid Reference: SP0401961842
OS Grid Coordinates: 404019, 261842
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2547, -1.9425

Location: Gorsey Close, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6PS

Locality: Astwood Bank
Local Authority: Redditch Borough Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: B96 6PS

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Listing Text

SP 06 SW
4/5 Tookeys Farmhouse


- II*

Farmhouse, now house. Probably C16 with mid-C18, mid-C19 and mid-C20
alterations and additions. Timber-framed with painted brick and rendered
infill on sandstone base, brick replacement walling, refacing and additions;
plain tiled roofs. Hall and cross-wing plan; main part of three framed bays
aligned east/west with single-bay north wing to central bay and external sand-
stone chimney with three star-shaped stacks to north of west bay. Intersecting
cross-wing of two framed bays at east end (lower in height and partly refaced)
with external chimney and three very tall star-shaped stacks at centre of
east elevation. This chimney is enclosed by a two-bay brick addition with
an east end stack forming a lobby-entry plan. Two storeys, attic and cellar;
partly with dentilled eaves cornice. Framing: main part has two rows of close-
set studding at first floor level and some decorative herringbone panels; attic
storey is jettied on a moulded bressummer at west gable end; north wing has a
row of close-set studding at ground floor level with long straight braces across
lower corners and herringbone panelling at first floor level; north gable end
of cross-wing has three panels from sill to wall-plate and short straight braces
across upper corners; collar and tie-beam trusses, mainly with two collars and
struts throughout; west end truss has a concave V-strut in the apex and north
wing truss has decorative concave lozenge panels. South front elevation: main
part to left has a C20 multi-paned door with a cambered head and a C20 lean-to
with a canted bay window; cross-wing gable-end has a ground and first floor 3-
light casement with a cambered head; brick addition to right has a ground and
first floor casement (ground floor one has a cambered head) and a C20 gabled
timber-framed porch with brick infill and two leaded lights in front and side
elevations. Interior: ground floor of main part has an elaborate early C17
plaster ceiling decorated with fruit, flowers, vine scrolls and winged putti
heads; also some contemporary oak panelling. Behind lean-to addition to south
elevation survives two ovolo-mullioned windows (3-light on ground floor and 4-
light on first floor). The north wing gable apex contains a plaster fleur-de-
lys. The house is said to be built on the site of King John's Hunting Lodge
(which was originally moated) and became the home of the Tookey Family in the
late medieval period.

Listing NGR: SP0401961842

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Source: English Heritage

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