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Description: Thurnham Hall
Date Listed: 2 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 182282
OS Grid Reference: SD4635054550
OS Grid Coordinates: 346350, 454550
Latitude/Longitude: 53.9842, -2.8196
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SD 45 SE THURNHAM
12/214 Thurnham Hall
House, c.1600 with possible earlier remains, re-fronted 1823 by Robert Roper
of Preston and restored from 1973 onwards after a long period of neglect.
Sandstone rubble with ashlar west front, and slate roof. 3 storeys. West
front almost symmetrical, with embattled parapet, central shallow projection,
and octagonal corner turrets. On the ground floor the central section
projects further forwards and has an embattled parapet. All the windows have
glazing bars, chamnfered reveals and hoods. At each side of the face is one
bay. The ground-floor windows to these bays have Tudor-arched heads and 6
lights formed by wooden mullions and transoms, the upper lights with
Tudor-arched heads. On the 1st floor are paired sashed windows with central
stone mullions. On the 2nd floor are single-light windows. The central
projecting section has, on the ground floor, 2 large windows of 6 lights
formed by wooden mullions and transoms, the upper lights with Tudor-arched
heads. On the 1st floor are 2 separate sashed windows, sharing one hood, and
paired sashes with central stone mullion at a slightly lower level to the
right. On the 2nd floor are 2 one-light windows. The north gable wall has
exposed original masonry and 2 cross-windows with outer chamfer and inner
hollow chamfer. The north wall of the rear wing shows evidence of complex
re-building, including a section with a plinth and a weathered offset, said to
be part of an earlier building. The windows include one of 9 lights with
mullions and transoms. The rear part of the wing is lower and of a separate
build, but includes some mullioned windows. The south wall of the rear wing
has one bay with Venetian windows on each floor. At the rear of the main
block is a semi-octagonal projection, a doorway with chamfered surround and
Tudor-arched head, and 2 cross-windows lighting the stair. Interior. The
rear wing contains timber-framed internal partitioning. The Great Hall has a
moulded fireplace with Tudor arch, one of several in the house, a restored
plaster frieze, and oak panelling brought from elsewhere during restoration.
At the rear of the hall, in a later C17th addition, is an open-well stair with
closed string, square newels with ball finials, and turned balusters. On the
1st floor, at the north end of the front block and in a small room behind a
fireplace, is a small chamber within the wall, said to be a priest's hide.
Listing NGR: SD4635054550
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Source: English Heritage
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