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Description: Swarland Old Hall
Date Listed: 15 September 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 236878
OS Grid Reference: NU1597701928
OS Grid Coordinates: 415977, 601928
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3112, -1.7498
NU 10 SE
6/209 Swarland Old Hall
Manor House, in the style of the third quarter of the C17 possibly by Robert
Trollope but with doorhead dated 173 ..., incorporating older fabric; right return
remodelled as screen wall in late C18; rear wing extension and outshuts C18,
altered in C19. Front and screen wall squared stone, other elevations rubble;
cut dressings. Pantile roofs except for Welsh slates on extension and outshuts;
stacks rebuilt in C20 brick. Plan: front block with end outshuts and shorter
parallel rear wing, extended to west.
South elevation: 2 storeys + attic, 4 narrow bays. Right-of-centre flush-
panelled door in wave-moulded surround; frieze with triglyphs, masks and worn,
relief-carved date panel; cornice over. Former cross windows have renewed
20-pane sashes on ground floor and paired 8-pane casements above, in cable-moulded
surrounds under semicircular pediments, those on 1st floor with carved keystones.
Central early C20 gabled wood dormers with paired 4-pane casements. Coped left
gable on moulded kneelers; left end stack. Single-storey outshuts to left, with
paired 4-pane casements, and right, with paired 6-pane casements.
Right return shows 6-pane sash set in older chamfered surround, itself set within
an earlier doorway; cross window above. Upper part of return is a tall stepped
embattled screen wall with 3 large blind Gothick arches above a band, and a reset
moulded window head with a worn inscription; further left is a stone shield with
a carved heron. Left return: front block shows blocked chamfered window now
within outshut. Left gable end of rear wing extension has two 8-pane Yorkshire
sashes and a 4-pane sash above; behind it the taller gable end of the wing shows
a chamfered attic window and an older steeper roofline, with reverse-stepped
blocks, beneath the present coping. Rear shows 4-pane sash to stair, and paired
4-pane sashes above.
Interior: Ground-floor front shows old cornice in dining room and late C18
fireplace with contemporary ironwork in bedroom. Fielded-panel doors; round
arch with panelled jambs to stair in rear wing: dog-leg to 1st floor, openwell
to attic; cut strings, stick balusters, and ramped handrail. East bedroom has
wood bolection-moulded fireplace surround with cornice. Upper cruck roofs:
trusses concealed above collar level.
Historical notes: Swarland was the seat of die Heslerigg family from the C14
until the early C18. The rear wing west wall, 0.4 metre thick may have been
part of a C16 or early C17 strong house. The date of remodelling is puzzling;
the house being ascribed to Robert Trollope but the doorhead date is half a
century after his death; it may refer to a change of ownership.
Single-storey flat-roofed C20 extension on north is not of interest.
Listing NGR: NU1597701928
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