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Lower House, Hopton Castle

Description: Lower House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 257674

OS Grid Reference: SO3662478104
OS Grid Coordinates: 336624, 278104
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3973, -2.9328

Location: Hopton Castle, Shropshire SY7 0QF

Locality: Hopton Castle
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY7 0QF

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Listing Text

SO 37 NE
- Lower House

Farmhouse, now house. Late C15, remodelled early C17 with later additions
and alterations. Timber framed with rendered and painted brick infill
on rendered rubblestone plinth; painted uncoursed limestone rubble rebuilding
and additions; plain tile roof. Original plan probably an open-hall
house of 2 framed bays aligned north-south, floored over and extended
to west in early C17 with further bay added to south of original range
in late C17 forming T-shape; later 2-storey gabled roughcast addition
in angle to rear. 2 storeys. Framing: right wall of original range
has square panels, 3 from cill to wall-plate, to north bay and is roughcast
to south bay. Early C17 range has square panels, 4 from cill to wall-
plate with long straight tension braces to gable end, partly renewed
to ground floor. Three C19 cast-iron casements in panels of framing
directly below eaves to early C17 part with similar but larger casements
to either side of C20 plank door under contemporary gabled porch to left.
C20 casements on first floor to right, one directly above the other,
in angle with late C17 gabled rubblestone addition, which has C20 casement
to each floor. Integral rubblestone end stack to north gable end of
original range has C20 brown brick shaft; red brick ridge stack to rear
gabled range. Interior. Timber frame exposed throughout: square
panels and occasional close studding to internal walls. Right ground-
floor room of early C17 range has 2 chamfered spine beams with stepped
ogee stops; similar stops to chamfered wooden lintel of stone inglenook
fireplace to back wall. Left room has 2 deep-chamfered spine beams.
Chamfered spine beam with stepped ogee stops also to back room of original
range, which has large open fireplace with plain wooden lintel. Original
range has collar and tie beam roof trusses with v-struts from collar
to centre and to former south gable end; raking struts from tie beams
to principal rafters to north gable end. Smoke blackening visible in
roof space to principal rafters and ridge piece suggests that it was
originally open to roof. End stack is later addition as original north
end truss survives behind rubblestone; late C17 addition to south is
also clearly defined. Double-purlin roof in 3 bays to early C17 addition
(2 west bays wider) has collar and tie beam trusses. C20 lean-to addition
tonorth gable end of original range is not of special architectural interest.

Listing NGR: SO3662478104

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Source: English Heritage

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