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Plowden Hall, Lydbury North

Description: Plowden Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 257001

OS Grid Reference: SO3755786615
OS Grid Coordinates: 337557, 286615
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4739, -2.9207

Location: Lydbury North, Shropshire SY7 8AQ

Locality: Lydbury North
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY7 8AQ

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Listing Text


6/87 Plowden Hall

Country house. Circa 1300, mid C14, C16 and C17 with C18 and late C19
alterations and additions. Timber framed with painted wattle and daub
infil panels, painted brick nogging, rendering, and partial painted
coursed limestone rubble refacing; slate roofs. Irregular H-plan
consisting of remains of central circa 1300 three framed-bay quasi-
aisled former-open hall, mid C14 three framed-bay solar cross wing to
south with probably early C16 one framed bay addition to east, probably
C17 further cross wing parallel to south, and circa 1580 three framed-
bay cross wing to-north. One storey and attic, 2 storeys, and 2 storeys
and attic. Partly rendered brick stacks, external lateral stack to
central hall range, 2 stacks to left-hand cross wing and 4 stacks to
right-hand cross Wing, 3 with rendered pitched-roof links to attic.
Decorative framing: principally close studding with central rail,
short corner braces, double-curved tension braces, quatrefoil panels,
and parallel digonal framing forming lozenge-patterns. East front;
central hall range: two C19 gabled dormers with 2-light casements;
early C18 refacing of 5 bays with glazing bar sashes and central door
with 10 raised and fielded panels, moulded architrave and bracketed
semi-circular niched hood. Left-hand cross wing: first floor and
gable end jettied with brackets and moulded bressumers; crown post
truss exposed in gable end. First floor C19 three-light leaded casement
and underbuilt ground floor with C19 two-light leaded casement. Right-
hand return front with 10-panelled door and bracketed semi-circular
niched hood. Parallel cross wing to left with C19 two-light leaded
first floor casement and 2-light ground floor leaded casement. Right-
hand cross wing: gabled dormers in attic to north and south. First
floor and gable end jettied with brackets and moulded bressumers. C19
four-light attic casement, 3 first floor C18 glazing bar sashes and 2
ground floor C18 glazing bar sashes; one storey lean-to to right with
boarded door to front. West front; central hall range: one storey
lean-to with 2 glazing bar sashes flanking central boarded door;
attached C20 conservatory. Right-hand cross wing: queen post truss
with V-struts above exposed in gable end; ground floor 3-light case-
ment to left. Former 2 storey gabled garderobe to right with rendered
base and 2-light casement on each floor. Left-hand cross wing: first
floor and gable end jettied with brackets and moulded bressumers; C19
three-light leaded attic casement, and three C18 glazing bar sashes on
first and ground floor, that in centre on ground floor with movable wall
section beneath to create entrance. Interior; hall range: remains of
central arch-braced base cruck; crown post truss to north with longitud-
inal bracing and transverse tension braces; first floor probably inserted
after 1691. Six raised and fielded panelled doors; C17 panelling with
gadrooned frieze. Fireplace dated 1653 with scrolled overmantel, arched
panels, guilloche ornament, and moulded cornice with carved deer in
panel. South cross wing: moulded arch-bracing to cusped tie beams,
principal rafters and inclined struts; windbraces and chamfered and
stopped tenoned purlins. First floor chapel with brass to H. Plowden
and wife of 1557, 2 figures from Bishop's Castle church; billet-
decorated beams in ground floor room to west. North cross wing: double
purlin roof with double queen-strut trusses. Drawing room with cross-
beam ceiling; C17 panelling with gadrooned frieze; fireplace with
C18 surround, and overmantel consisting of fluted Ionic columns, 2 tiers
of inlaid arcading, frieze and cornice; overmantel in first floor room
with 2 tiers of orders, Ionic below and Corinthian above; late C16
panelling throughout wing; 2 priest-holes adjacent to large stacks at
north. Early C18 staircase consisting of 4 flights with square well, turned
balusters, fluted Doric column newel post, open string with cut tread-
ends, moulded ramped handrail, and balustrade to landing; C17 back
staircase with splat balusters. The Catholic Plowden family have
lived in this house since the C12, substantially rebuilt and added-to
in the late C16 by the great lawyer Edmund Plowden (1517-1584).
N.M.R.; N. Pevsner, B.O.E. Shropshire, p.229; Country Life, Vol. CLVII,
February 1975, pp.318-21; M. Moran, The Mediaeval Parts of Plowden Hall,
T.S.A.S., Vol LIX, pp.264-271.

Listing NGR: SO3755786615

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