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Description: Snabdaugh Farmhouse and Attached Cottage
Date Listed: 7 January 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 239681
OS Grid Reference: NY7868684679
OS Grid Coordinates: 378686, 584679
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1560, -2.3360
NY 78 SE
37/21 Snabdaugh Farmhouse
and attached cottage
House and cottage. Probably C15 or early C16 with C18 and early C19 additions.
Older parts squared stone, rendered. Later parts dressed stone; Welsh slate
roofs. In 3 sections.
Centre section is a medieval fortified house. Two storeys, 2 windows. Deep
offset above ground floor. Steeply-pitched gabled roof with left end stack.
Right section is C18 and early C19. Two storeys, 2 bays. Panelled door with
overlight to left and to right a sash window on each floor.
C18 cottage to left has C20 windows.
Interior of old part has walls c.5. ft. thick on ground floor, slightly thinner
on 1st floor. The house has a pointed tunnel vault at 2nd floor level with
the roof laid directly on the vault. The side walls taper continually from
the ground to the springing of the vault. The beams supporting the second
floor or attic rest on stone corbels inserted into the vault; there are eight
corbels each side but only five beams. Just visible above attic floor on
south side are the round rere arches of two 1st-floor windows. Also in the
attic, in the east gable, a window embrasure with two window seats, blocked
square window rebated for shutters and lintel on chamfered corbels. In the
west gable a very large chimney breast with smoke-blackening on the outside,
possibly indicating a former chimney; right of this a large aperture goes
down to ground level and was probably a stair well; at its head the springing
of a 2nd Lower vault in finer ashlar.
The house appears to be so far unique as a domestic building in England.
However it may be compared to the nave of Boltongate Church in Cumberland
which is said by Pevsner to derive from Scottish models. Among Scottish
examples of buildings with a top-floor vault, Smailholm Tower in Roxburghshire
is assigned by the R.C.H.M. (Scotland) to the C16.
Listing NGR: NY7868684679
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