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Bank Hall and Bank Hall Farmhouse, Broughton

Description: Bank Hall and Bank Hall Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 13 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 185871

OS Grid Reference: SD5242634550
OS Grid Coordinates: 352426, 434550
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8051, -2.7239

Location: Broughton, Lancashire PR3 5JA

Locality: Broughton
Local Authority: Preston City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: PR3 5JA

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Listing Text


7/24 Bank Hall and Bank Hall


Farmhouse or manor house, probably late medieval, in 2 builds, partitioned
probably in early C17, subsequently much altered, now house and farmhouse.
Brick with stone dressings (farmhouse to right rendered and painted white),
slate roof, enclosing original timber framing. T-plan: front range of 6 bays
(the first 2 being a late addition), with rear extension to present 3rd bay.
Two storeys; full-height flat-roofed projection to 4th bay, doorway to 2nd
bay, altered doorway to 5th bay, otherwise each floor of each bay has a sashed
window with glazing bars, stone head and sill (16 and 20 panes to the left and
12 and 9 panes to the right of the junction). The main features of special
interest are visible only in the interior, the left half (Bank Hall)
containing elements of late medieval timber framing which probably continue in
the right half (Bank Hall Farmhouse): a full closed cruck truss in the rear
wall, and at right angles to this, in the junction between the 2 dwellings,
parts of the gable wall of a 2-storey box-framed addition. The cruck truss,
which rises to the full height of the building (though the apex has been
severed) has a low tie-beam, remains of a wallpost notched into the lower part
of the left blade and of doorheads close to both blades, and at attic level
trenches for purlins and windbraces. The framing of the partition wall at
ground floor consists of a rail below wallplate level tenoned into a central
post (the upper part of which supports an inserted ceiling beam) and 3 other
posts forming 2 doorways with Tudor-arched heads undercut in the rail (one
abutting the cruck truss, the other c,1½ metres from the present front wall);
the framing at 1st floor and visible in the roof space, set back slightly from
the plane of that at ground floor, belongs to the adjoining building, and
consists (at lst floor) of a jowelled wallpost c.1½ metres from the present
front wall with a straight brace rising to another post, and a rail linking
these to a 3rd post; and (at attic level) a tie-beam and the feet of both
principals of a roof truss (the remainder concealed). This structure is
assumed to continue into Bank Hall Farmhouse (see Reference below), but its
extent and nature are not known because access was denied. The other feature
of interest in Bank Hall is a massive inglenook fireplace with stone hecks
supporting a raised timber bressummer, and containing an C18 stone fireplace
with carved lintel, to the rear of which is another fireplace with remains of
a bread oven. History: owned by the Singleton family of Brockholes in early
C16. (References: VCH Lancs. and George Jackson Broughton Roundabout (n.d.)
pp. 7-10 esp. p.9: "The interior of both parts ... retains its low beamed

Listing NGR: SD5242634550

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Source: English Heritage

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