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Hollowforth Hall, Woodplumpton

Description: Hollowforth Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 13 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 185976

OS Grid Reference: SD5034936544
OS Grid Coordinates: 350349, 436544
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8228, -2.7557

Location: Hollowforth Lane, Woodplumpton, Lancashire PR4 0BD

Locality: Woodplumpton
Local Authority: Preston City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: PR4 0BD

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Listing Text


4/129 Hollowforth Hall


House, mainly 1850 s but incorporating parts of a farmhouse of late C17
or early C18. Red brick with rusticated quoins of yellow-brick,
sandstone dressings (including many ex situ fragments from former Preston
Parish church, demolished c.1853), fishscale slate roofs with projecting
eaves. Approximately rectangular plan 4x4 bays, with the earlier 3-bay
baffle-entry house in the east side. Two storeys, in Jacobean style;
south front of 3 unequal gables stepped back from right to left and a
west wing at the left end, with the earlier house forming a receding east
wing to the right, set back with a porch in the angle. Embattled
single-storey porch has Tudor-arched entrance with moulded sandstone
surround, stone battlements and large crocketed finial on the corner; to
the left each gable has a lozenge attic light, plain barge boards with
apex finial, but otherwise they differ: the centre has a single-storey
canted bay window of stone with embattled parapet, a 6-light mullioned
and transomed window with a hoodmould above, the left has a tall
mullioned and transomed window at ground floor (the lights round-headed
with hollow spandrels), and an altered window above, and the right has a
tall segmental-headed window with margin panes, a shorter altered one
above with figured keystone. On the east side, set back, is a stuccoed
screen wall with an arched doorway and parapet embellished with another
ex situ crocketed finial, and behind this the 3-bay side wall of the
earlier house, stuccoed, with embattled parapet and crocketed finials at
the corners, has 3 openings on each floor, including an altered doorway
at the junction of the 2nd and 3rd bays and at 1st floor recessed square
12-pane sashes with hoodmoulds. Rear and west side in similar style, the
rear having in addition a gabled porch with various ex situ carved stones
and massive lintel, and inside this a re-set datestone lettered H
Interior: in east wing, the housepart of the former farmhouse has an
inglenook fireplace with heck, cyma-stopped chamfered bressummer, 2 boxed
beams, dentilled cornice, and opposite the fireplace an alcove formerly
occupied by built-in C18 organ; service end to south of this has built-in
cupboards with shouldered fielded panels; elsewhere the internal
decoration is in Gothick style, with trefoil-headed panelled dado,
Tudor-arched doorways, vine friezes, etc; drawing room has ex situ
Tudor-style C19 fireplace formerly in Samlesbury Hall (Samlesbury CP,
South Ribble). Extensive repairs to roof of east wing in progress at
time of survey. History: home of Threlfall Family (Richard, 1840-70,
wine merchant, mayor of Preston 1855; Richard 1861-1932, physicist, 1st
professor of Physics at University of Sydney, Australia). Reference:
George Jackson Woodplumpton & its Families Religion, Houses, 1971.

Listing NGR: SD5034936544

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Source: English Heritage

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