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Description: The Hall House
Date Listed: 28 November 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 156603
OS Grid Reference: SP0232765598
OS Grid Coordinates: 402327, 265598
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2885, -1.9673
REDDITCH B LOWER GRINSTY LANE (south side)
SP 06 NW
1/127 The Hall House
Hall-house, used as outbuilding, now dwelling. c1550, altered and extended
early C17; restored late C20. Timber-framed with painted brick infill on
brick base; plain tiled roofs. One-and-a-half framed bays aligned east/west;
east half-bay is lower in height. Large sandstone and brick chimney at junction
of bays with brick ridge stack; single storey and attic Framing: west bay has
two rows of square panels from sill to wall-plate, short straight upper corner
braces and a collar and tie-beam truss with two struts at its west end; east
half-bay has two rows of rectangular panels and a collar and tie-beam truss
with four struts beneath the collar and a single strut above. Main north
elevation: west bay has a 2-light C20 ground floor casement with leaded lights
and a ledged and battened door to right; east half-bay has a similar door.
Attic light in west gable end. Interior not inspected but recorded as having
a large fireplace with chamfered mantel-beam; it probably had a timber-framed
smoke hood originally replaced by two inch bricks in C17. Floor was inserted
in C17, now removed. It is probable that the house consisted of just the main
west bay originally and the east half-bay was added in C17 when the building
became part of the adjacent Lower Grinsty Farmhouse (qv). The east truss is
identical to that on the north gable end of the farmhouse and the fact that
originally no communication between the bays would support this theory. An
inventory of 1617 suggests that "the hall-house" became the dining hall to
the farmhouse and the addition a parlour. However it is possible that the
"hall-house" in question may be the hall inside the main building as is
usually assumed, in which case may have become a separately tenanted dwelling
with an attached workshop or animal shed. The Hall House and the farmhouse
form an unusual and remarkably well-preserved domestic group of considerable
interest. (BoE, p 152; Richard Harris, Survey for Avoncroft Museum of Buildings,
January 1984; FWB & Mary Charles, Conservation of Timber Buildings, 1984, p 77).
Listing NGR: SP0232765598
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