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Holywell Manor House, Seaton Valley

Description: Holywell Manor House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 February 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 235971

OS Grid Reference: NZ3180674490
OS Grid Coordinates: 431806, 574490
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0639, -1.5035

Location: Holywell Dene Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE25 0LL

Locality: Seaton Valley
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE25 0LL

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Listing Text

A 192
NZ 37 SW
(East side, off)
Holywell, Whitley Bay
8/7 Holywell Manor House
(Formerly listed
as Strother Farm)
House, dated 1654 with inscription MEDIOCRIA FIRMA on door lintel, built for
Sir Ralph Bates. Large rubble with cut dressings, some renewed c.1970; renewed
pantile roof with C20 brick stacks. South elevation 2 storeys, 4 bays. Left-
of-centre renewed door in moulded surround with flattened 4-centred head,
inscribed lintel and hoodmould. Pair of doorways with similar but unmoulded
arches, the left a C20 insertion, between left bays. Ground-floor windows
formerly of 2 lights, in chamfered surrounds with hoodmoulds, that on right
enlarged into doorway; far right inserted C20 window. Upper windows with
similar surrounds, in flat-topped half dormers; smaller windows with timber
lintels between left bays and to far right. Coped gables with moulded kneelers;
end and 2 ridge stacks. Left return shows large projecting stack; former
2-light window with hoodmould on right and smaller chamfered window above. Rear
central gabled stair wing flanked by gabled single-storey wings, that to left a
C19 addition. Scattered fenestration; flat-topped half dormer near right end.

Interior: At west end large fireplace with segmental chamfered arch. Parlour
fireplace has moulded 4-centred arch; similar but simpler fireplace in bedroom
and another with corbelled-out lintel on stairs.

It is uncertain whether the present building is Bates' original house or a
service or lodgings range; the Northumberland County History suggests that the
main house stood on the east of the former courtyard, now a lawn.

The motto MEDIOCRIA FIRMA - 'The Middle Course is Safe' is associated with
several families including the Bacon Baronets and the Lords Grimston of

Listing NGR: NZ3180674490

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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