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Alston Old Hall, Longridge

Description: Alston Old Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 November 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 183007

OS Grid Reference: SD6116133535
OS Grid Coordinates: 361161, 433535
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7967, -2.5911

Location: Longridge, Lancashire PR3 3BP

Locality: Longridge
Local Authority: Ribble Valley Borough Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: PR3 3BP

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Listing Text


11/121 Alston Old Hall

House, with timber-framed hall possibly of the early C15th, now clad in
sandstone rubble of the C17th and later and with a slate roof. 2 storeys,
with central hall section of one storey. South front has a cross-wing
at the right-hand end with a large window with plain stone surround on
each floor. To its left is a central section which projects forwards with
a catslide roof. It has a 3-light window with crude mullions and plain
reveals, with a door with plain reveals to its right. To its left is a
bay set back with cement window surrounds. The chimneys are to the right
of the cross-wing and to the left of the central section. At the rear are
2 wings. The western one has a 3-light window with outer chamfer and inner
hollow chamfer on each floor, and a blocked one-light window with round
head on the 1st floor of its west wall. The north wall of the east wing
has a one-light chamfered window on the ground floor and a 4-light window
on the 1st floor with outer chamfer, inner hollow chamfer, and hood.
Interior. The hall remains open to tie beam level and is of 2 unequal bays,
the principal posts being braced to the tie beams. Above the ceiling there
are said to be king posts and smoke-blackened rafters. The front wall is
now to the south of the principal posts, but mortise holes suggest that the
beam they support was a wall plate and not an aisle plate. The southern
post of the spere truss has had its lower part and its brace removed a
now supported on a later firehood bressumer. The upper part of the firehood
has now been removed to form a gallery. At the east end of the north wall
is a timber doorway with ogee head, possibly an entrance to a stair to an
earlier wing on the site of the present cross-wing. The east wall of the
hall is timber-framed, but structurally separate from the adjoining truss
and possibly associated with a C17th rebuilding of the wing. A rare
survival of a medieval timber-framed hall.

Listing NGR: SD6116133535

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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