Description: Tower House and Tower Grange
Date Listed: 17 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 216432
OS Grid Reference: SD2921408133
OS Grid Coordinates: 329214, 408133
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5650, -3.0702
FORMBY GRANGE LANE
SD 20 NE
2/35 Tower House
and Tower Grange
House. One-storey central section said to be C13, part of
monastic grange of Whalley Abbey,but more likely
to be farm buildings of C17 or C18, restored 1904 by
C.A. Atkinson, enlarged by him in 1908. Lime washed brick;
roof partly thatched, partly patchwork of various slates and
tiles; much use of salvaged materials; internal steel frame.
Irregular plan, mostly of 2 storeys. Tower House of 5 bays.
2nd bay has gabled 1st floor jettied over canted bay window
and with canted oriel, some brick diapering. 3rd bay has
brick diapering and corbelled parapet to front and right
return. Some small-paned horizontally sliding sashes.
Range to rear has thatched roof. 4th and 5th bays of one
storey with thatched roof and stone slate outshut. Windows
are small-paned, rising above eaves, with cornices. Central
gabled porch has stone inscribed: TOWER/HOUSE", battered
buttress to left. Several brick stacks. Tower Grange of 6
bays, 1st bay adjoins Tower House, the rest are recessed.
1st bay has thatched roof and gabled window with
horizontally sliding sash and brick diapering below. Return
has gable-end stack with canted oriel adjoining. 2nd to 5th
bays have irregular roof pitch concealing flat central
section. 2nd bay has entrance with stone surround and 2
datestones, the lower one inscribed "LAID BY EWA 1908" the
upper one: "CAA/EWA REST 1904" (entrance repositioned). 5th
bay recessed, 1st floor window with banded tympanum. End
bay has 2-storey canted oriel with jettied gabled attic with
diapering and timbering, on 2 timber struts. Windows mostly
small paned casements and horizontally sliding sashes, some
are plate glass; small flat-topped dormer over entrance.
Sympathetically designed C20 garage to right return.
Interior contains many features, e.g. doors, staircase,
salvaged from other buildings. 2 ventilation shafts and
service duct under roof.
Listing NGR: SD2921408133
Source: English Heritage
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