Description: Manor Farmhouse
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 232739
OS Grid Reference: SP9879088497
OS Grid Coordinates: 498790, 288497
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4855, -0.5466
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BENEFIELD LOWER BENEFIELD
13/18 Manor Farmhouse
Manor house. C16 origins, mainly C17 and C18, extended C19. Regular coursed and
squared coursed limestone with Colleyweston slate roof. Originally probably
2-unit lobby-entry, then L-shape, plan, now T-shape with additions. 2 storeys
with attic. Main front is a 2-window range of 2-light stone mullion windows with
hood moulds. Central panelled door has moulded stone surround and 4-centred arch
head. Continuous buttresses to right of centre and to left. Hipped roof with C18
dentilled wood cornice. Ashlar stacks at ridge and end and similar lateral stack
to rear. One-window range extension to left has 3-light stone mullion windows,
lower eaves and gabled roof with ashlar parapet and stack to left. Elevation to
right has one-window range of C19 two-light stone mullion windows. C19 wing
attached to rear left has one-window range at ground floor and 2-window range at
first floor. Casement windows under stone lintels, those at first floor have
gablets over. Rear elevation has gable to left with 3-light stone mullion
windows. 2 C19 door openings to right. Interior: central stack probably has open
fireplace. C19 staircase, some C18 two-panelled doors. Some original roof
structure, centre of main front has principals with curved feet. Manor first
mentioned in 1535. May incorporate masonry from Benefield Castle which was to
the south-west. House probably developed from 2 units by addition of cross-wing
to left of main front, then C18 extension of main front by one bay to right and
construction of the hipped roof.
(V.C.H.: Northamptonshire, Vol,3, p.76).
Listing NGR: SP9879088497
Source: English Heritage
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