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Description: Holywell House
Date Listed: 15 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 251037
OS Grid Reference: SU3174893706
OS Grid Coordinates: 431748, 193706
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6413, -1.5426
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SHELLINGFORD FERNHAM ROAD
5/207 Holywell House
House. Mid C17. Uncoursed limestone rubble, some brick quoins; stone slate roof;
brick stacks. L-plan. 2 storeys, 2 storeys and attic to left cross wing;
4-window range. Timber lintel, brick jambs to C20 door and porch at junction
with cross wing. Chamfered timber lintels over C20 two- and 3-light casements
and 2 blocked casements to ground floor right. Gabled roof, cross gabled to left
wing; gable end stack to right and quadruple-flued ridge stack in rear left
wing. One 2-light and one 3-light leaded window to rear. To rear of left wing
are label-moulds over one 2-light and one 3-light chamfered cavetto-moulded
stone mullioned casements to first and second floors and an early C19 sash to
ground floor. Interior: Mid C19 four and 6-panelled and plank doors, some C18
2-panelled and plank doors and C17 ribbed doors in left. Chamfered and stopped
beam, blocked original fireplace, to right. Beams to left and centre tenoned
into timber framed partition which rises full height of house at the junction
between the right wing and left cross wing. Late C20 stairs opposite entry cut
through beam in centre room. Left room has C17 panelled dado and a chamfered
bressumer over the fireplace. Room to rear left has moulded stone fireplace and
fine plaster ceiling of jewelled strapwork with doves holding olives in the
corners and various other motifs such as limpets, roses and fleurs-de-lys.
First-floor room to front left has plaster rose-en-soleil on ceiling, and a
chamfered and stopped beam; to rear left room are various scattered plaster
motifs, the motifs being the same as used below. In attic of left wing is a
Victorian grate set in an early C18 bolection moulded fireplace, and a 4-bay
collar-truss roof with butt purlins. Subsidiary features: late C18 one and a
half storey brewhouse and dairy in similar materials attached to left gable
wall. Timber lintels over two C20 doors (one to right inserted c.1980) and two
C20 windows in 2-window range; two C18 two-light leaded casements to rear.
Gabled roof, brick ridge stack to right. Interior: C18 plank doors; open
fireplace with late C18 architrave, chamfered beams, straight-flight stairs. The
jewelled strapwork ceiling in the house is nearly identical to that at Orchard
Cottage, High Street, Stanford-in-the-Vale (dated 1635 (q.v.)) and can therefore
be attributed to the same school of craftsmen.
Listing NGR: SU3174893706
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Source: English Heritage
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