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Description: Halsham House
Date Listed: 4 March 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 166551
OS Grid Reference: TA2693327790
OS Grid Coordinates: 526933, 427790
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7311, -0.0773
HALSHAM B 1362
TA 22 NE
3/10 Halsham House
(formerly listed as
4-3-52 Cottage occupied by
F Whisker [former Free
School and school house, now house. 1579-84 for Constable Estate.
Alterations of 1884 (probably included partial rebuilding of porch);
alterations and renovations of c1971 included refenestration of east front,
removal of external stack and rebuilding of wall to north east. Red brick
in English bond; timber-framed internal walls with brick infilling.
Concrete tile roof. L-shaped on plan: main range of 6 internal bays with
east gable end to street, and south-east porch containing main entrance and
staircase to first-floor schoolroom. 2 storeys with attic. East front, of
2 bays: tripartite ground-floor windows of 3 narrow square-headed lights
with C20 glazing, partly blocked to top, beneath brick hoodmoulds; similar
shorter first-floor windows, blocked 3-light attic window with brick sill
and mullions with similar blocked 2-light window above with plain brick
hoodmould. Crow-stepped gables with saddle-back coping and moulded
kneelers. South front: main range with 5 first-floor windows and full-
height gabled porch to right. Porch: 5-panel door to left of centre, 12-
pane first-floor sash beneath segmental arch, crenellated stepped gable with
brick band below central section with blind oculus; axial stack to rear.
Left and right returns of porch have single blind segmental-headed panels to
first floor. Main range to left: 5-panel door in reveal, flanked by a 12-
pane sash to left beneath segmental arch, and to right by 3 single-light
windows beneath hoodmoulds, and a 2-light sliding sash with glazing bars.
First floor: large 3-light half-dormer window flanked by three 12-pane
sashes to left and single similar sash to right. Projecting end stack and
brick-coped gable to left; later corbelled truncated stack to right, in
angle of porch. All windows C20 replacements. North side has rebuilt
section, C20 door and casements to ground floor left; four 12-pane sashes
and two 9-pane casements to first floor beneath segmental and basket arches.
Interior. Porch contains 4-centred arch ground-floor entrance beneath C19
restored staircase to first-floor entrance with a brick 4-centred arch and
heavy oak door with a small central hatch, pair of wrought-iron strap
hinges, and inscribed with graffiti, mostly C18. Main range has pointed and
4-centred-arch window reveals, a basket-arched inglenook fireplace to the
north-east room, close-studded timber-framed partitions to ground and first
floors containing some original brick-on-edge infill; heavy square oak
ceiling beams and exposed joists to ground floor, 7-bay roof with oak
principal rafters and 2 tiers of through-purlins. The school, for 8 boys,
was established by the will of Sir John Constable (d1579), and incorporated
in 1584. In C18-C19 the schoolroom was on upper floor, and remaining rooms
were occupied by master, until the building was wholly given over to the
school from 1871 to its closure c1960. N Pevsner, The Buildings of England:
Yorkshire, East Riding, 1972, p 241; Victoria County History: York, East
Riding, vol 5, 1984, pp
Listing NGR: TA2693227791
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