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The Porch House, Bishop's Castle

Description: The Porch House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 July 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 256958

OS Grid Reference: SO3232788928
OS Grid Coordinates: 332327, 288928
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4941, -2.9982

Location: High Street, Bishops Castle, Shropshire SY9 5BE

Locality: Bishop's Castle
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY9 5BE

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Listing Text


12/48 Nos. 33 and 35
- (The Porch House)

House, latterly shop. C17 with C18 and early-C19 alterations and additions,
and mid- to late-C20 partial 'restoration'. Timber framed with rendered
infil panels, roughcast to left with coursed limestone rubble plinth,
ground floor to right rebuilt in red brick with mid- to late-C20 steel
posts, and slate roof, hipped to left; coursed limestone rubble
rebuilding and additions to rear with graded slate roof in 3 hipped
ranges. L-plan; cross passage off-centre to left with 'hall' range
to right and 2-room lower end to left. Framing: square panels with
parallel diagonal framing forming lozenge patterns. Basement, 2 storeys
and attic. First floor with continuous jetty, latterly underbuilt but
recently 'restored' to right with steel brackets, recently re-exposed
carved bracket to right with carved head and remains of shaft below,
and carved bressumer; jettied eaves with carved brackets and shafts
below; gabled dormer to right with slate-hung sides and 2-light leaded
casement; stone stack behind ridge off-centre to right with late-C19
brick top stage, and brick stack on transverse ridge to left at rear.
3 first floor diamond-leaded mid- to late-C20 casements, 3-light in
centre and 4-light to outside; 4 ground floor mid- to late-C20 diamond-
leaded casements to right of 2 and 3 lights; early-C19 lean-to one-
storey addition to left with 2 ground floor glazing bar sashes, 4-part
mid-C20 shop window and 4 flush-panelled door in angle to left; C17
studded boarded door off-centre to left with strap hinges, 4 cusped
openings in head (probably mid- to late-C19 alteration), shaped head
with carved scrolled spandrels, and moulded architrave; shaft to left
up to carved jetty bracket with carved head; 5 steps up to porch with
jettied gable, bracketed bressumer with carved decoration and dated
E ? 161? V-struts in gable above, seat within to right and 3-
M light casement to left. Lower 3 storey bay to left is
structurally part of No. 31, High Street (q.v.); roughcast with slate
roof; jettied first floor, shaped bracket to right, and evidence of
former jettied second floor; ground floor boarded double doors.
Interior: close-studded cross passage walls with middle rail; doors
off cross passage with arched lintels and carved spandrels; recently
introduced (July 1984) probably late-C19 panelling in 'hall' range;
probably c18 or early-C19 painted medallion of castle on wall of first
floor room to rear. This is one of the most important and sumptuous
C17 houses in the town.

Listing NGR: SO3232788928

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Source: English Heritage

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