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Weston Hall, Weston Rhyn

Description: Weston Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 255808

OS Grid Reference: SJ2847435106
OS Grid Coordinates: 328474, 335106
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9086, -3.0650

Location: Weston Rhyn, Shropshire SY10 7ER

Locality: Weston Rhyn
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY10 7ER

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Listing Text

SJ 23 NE
1/95 Weston Hall
Manor house, now farmhouse. C15, remodelled and extended late C16 and mid-
C17 with later additions and alterations. Medieval range of cruck construct-
ion with outer walls rebuilt in painted brick; C16 range timber framed
with rendered and painted brick infill; C17 range roughcast over timber
frame; slate roofs throughout. Original plan an open-hall house of 3
cruck-framed bays, probably with service range at left end,demolished and
replaced by late C16 cross-wing; C17 range at right-angles to left of cross-
wing. One storey to hall range with 2 storeys and attic to cross-wing.
Hall range has C19 three-light segmental-headed casement in position of in-filled
doorway to left of centre, with small larder window to right. Two C20
segmental-headed casements of 2 lights in matching style to right. Massive
stepped external end stack to right with partly truncated roughcast brick
shaft. C19 and C20 lean-tos to rear to right of prominent external stack
with late C20 red brick shaft to left of centre. Cross-wing, roughcast
to left wall and rear,has ground floor of right wall rebuilt in brick but
framing exposed to front gable and on first floor to right wall. Gable,
jettied to first floor and attic, has chamfered bressumers with straight-
cut stops on carved corner brackets. Close studding to ground floor and
below first floor window, which has herringbone decoration to left and
right; concave lozenges to attic and also to centre of first floor to right;
double-purlin ends. C19 casement to ground and first floors of gable
in infill of original larger openings, ground-floor window retaining project-
ing moulded cill. Right wall has C20 casement in C19 style to ground
floor and small C19 casement directly above C20 lean-to porch in angle
with hall range; 6-panel door (middle panels now glazed) with rectangular
overlight. Large stepped external lateral stack with C20 red brick shaft
to left wall has infilled window with moulded surround to left on first
floor. Gabled range to left has small C19 casement immediately below
eaves with C20 plank door directly below; gable end rebuilt in late C20
painted brick. Interior. Left ground-floor room of hall range is open
to roof and represents original open hall. Cruck truss to right of centre
partly concealed by wallpaper at time of resurvey (May 1986) but arch-
bracing and large curved braces supporting purlins visible. Plank and
muntin screen to right with middle rail and moulding to top probably represents
dais partition and has infilled doorway (probably formerly leading to first-
floor rooms of solar) to left. Round-headed plank door to centre of screen,
probably inserted in C17, has nail studding and incised diamond patterns
plus fleur-de-lys pointed strap hinges. Projecting moulded rim around
top of door cut away to allow space for contemporary carved pendant from
lintel of door surround; plain spandrels. Datestone "1653" above late
C20 fireplace to back wall. Left wall is timber framed with square panels;
C17 panelled doors to left and to right of centre in shaped doorways probably
represent entrances to original service end, demolished when present cross-
wing was built. Right door now leads to rear room of cross-wing. This
has chamfered cross beam with sawn-off tenon joints and staves to underside
showing that room was formerly divided. Chamfered ceiling beam to front
room of cross-wing. C17 dog-leg staircase in gabled range to left of
cross-wing has carved newel-posts and splat balusters, latter replaced
by stick balusters to first floor. Right ground-floor room of hall range
has deep-chamfered spine beams and heavy joists with straight-cut stops.
C17 plank door to C20 lean-to. Short staircase leads to first-floor rooms
of solar, which are divided by central cruck truss with slightly cambered
collar and large curved braces supporting purlins. Round-headed plank
door with fleur-de-lys pointed strap hinges, cut through collar of truss,
is approached by flight of 3 solid block steps and gives access to left
first-floor room of solar. This has smoke-blackened apex of the cruck
truss visible in hall with curious box-like structure in front (the top
of which appears to be visible in the hall as a flat plaster ceil below
the ridge), which may possibly be the remains of the top of a dais canopy.
A house with a similar plan-form and displaying comparable, albeit rather
grander characteristics, at Codlwillan (Llanllechid, Gwynedd) is illustrated
in Peter Smith's, Houses of the Welsh Countryside (H.M.S.O. 1975) figs.
69 and 70; pls. 26 and 27.

Listing NGR: SJ2847435106

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Source: English Heritage

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