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Description: The Long Room
Date Listed: 1 September 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 165755
OS Grid Reference: SK9339998502
OS Grid Coordinates: 493399, 398502
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4750, -0.5942
SK 9298-9398 KIRTON-IN-LINDSEY CORNWALL STREET
The Long Room
Former tithe barn, converted to public meeting hall, now used as furniture store.
C18 or earlier origins, with mid C19 alterations. Contains C14 rood screen.
Irregularly-banded limestone rubble and roughly-squared blocks with brick
dressings and brick blocking to former openings. Pantile roof. Rectangular on
plan, single room, with adjoining single-room outhouse to south. Main range of 2
storeys, with 2 first-floor openings; single-storey outhouse with 2 windows. Main
range: west side fronting street has entrance to left of centre with recessed
double board doors beneath segmental header brick arch. Single windows to either
side with stone sills, quoined brick surrounds with segmental stretcher arches.
on the left and slightly above each of these windows are single blocked rectang-
ular openings (presumably former pitching hatches). Three cast-iron tie-bar ends
below stepped stone and brick eaves. Pair of tall metal ventilators on ridge.
Outhouse has entrance to left with double board doors beneath timber lintel,
window to right with stone sill, brick quoins and timber lintel, smaller window to
far right in segmental-headed brick surround, stepped eaves. Right gable end of
main range has lunette in gable with delicate leaded fanlight (somewhat damaged),
beneath brick arch. Left gable end has blocked opening in gable. Rear has 3
windows with stone sills and wooden architraves beneath segmental header arches.
External brick sidewall stack. All windows with small-pane sashes, boarded-up at
time of resurvey. Interior of main range. Tiered C19 gallery to right (south
end). Low stage to left end. Fixed to north wall and forming the backdrop to the
stage is the former oak rood screen removed from the parish church in the C19
alterations. Screen is of 5 bays with central entrance flanked by 2-light open-
ings. Moulded stiles, muntins and mid-rail, the muntins bearing shafts with
crenellated heads (some mutilated). Top rail missing. Bottom panels have round-
headed cinquefoiled lights with carved foliate spandrels and crocketed ogee
tracery containing a central shield motif (tracery missing from two panels).
Upper panels each have pointed arches containing a pair of cinquefoiled round-
headed lights and crocketed ogee tracery carrying a central shield similar to
bottom panels, with pierced Perpendicular tracery above. The building is the sole
survivor of a complex of vicarage farmbuildings and administrative buildings
associated with the Duchy of Cornwall, and it the only surviving tithe barn ident-
ified in South Humberside. The former rood screen (whose existence was generally
forgotten, and which was widely believed to have been lost in the church resto-
rations) is a rare and important survival.
Listing NGR: SK9339898502
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Source: English Heritage
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