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The Birches, Highley

Description: The Birches

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 February 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 254726

OS Grid Reference: SO7414583964
OS Grid Coordinates: 374145, 283964
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4530, -2.3819

Location: Vicarage Lane, Highley, Shropshire WV16 6NF

Locality: Highley
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: WV16 6NF

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Listing Text

In the entry for HIGHLEY HIGHLEY

32/5 The Birches

The description shall be amended to read:

Vicarage, now house, c.1620 for Robert Barret; extended to left and
altered c.1750; further mid C19 and C20 alteration. Timber-framed, mostly
rendered and, to rear, replaced by brick; gabled plain old tile roofs; two
early C17 rear lateral stacks of squared and coursed stone finished in C19
brick. Cross -shaped plan, with central porch and former kitchen in
basement to right; bay to left added in mid C18. 2 storeys; garden
front of 4-window range, including C17 three - bay range with projecting
central gabled bay. Bay to right has straight bracing to exposed timber
frame, with square first-floor framing and close studding to ground floor,
and two C17 four - light ovolo-moulded wood-mullioned and transomed
windows; jettied porch has square panelling to first floor with ovolo-
moulded jetty bressummer, and mid C19 three - and 4 - light Gothick -style
windows; rendered arches over C20 windows and door (with glazed porch) to
left. Jettied right-end gable, with ovolo-moulded bressummer, has lunette
set over mid C18 canted 2-storey bay with glazing-bar sashes (of 1989) set
in Gothick-style architraves; crenellated left gable wall, probably of mid
C18, has lunette set above label moulds over C20 windows. Mid C19 stair-
light with leaded lights to rear.C17 rear wing has brackets to hipped hood
over mid C19 half-glazed Gothick-style door. Interior: Large open
fireplace to right of cellar. Mid C18 panelled doors set in moulded wood
architraves. C17 house divided into 2 large rooms by timber-framed
partition with ovolo-moulded doorway to rear: room to left has reset early
C17 panelling with heraldic cartouche to overmantle, and cased beam; room
to right has chamfered beams; rear wing has mid C18 open-well staircase
with turned balusters, ramped handrail, fret-cut brackets to open string
and splat balusters from ground floor to cellar; first-floor room to right
has mid C18 fireplace with bold cornice, and chamfered beam with lambs-
tongue stops repeated in room to left; attic has trenched purlin trusses
with reused C15 principal rafters (mortices for windbraces and tenoned
butt purlins) and collar with carved boss from C15 arch- braced roof. Mid
C18 extension to left has mid C19 dog-leg staircase with turned balusters
and reset C17 splat balusters to attic.
(G. Nair, Highley, 1988, p.82).



The Birches
SO 78 SW 32/5


Formerly the Vicarage.
C19. plastered walls, with tiled roof and brick stacks; 2 storeys and
attic. Irregular on plan and elevations; sashes and casement windows;
semi-circular windows in gables.

Listing NGR: SO7414583964

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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