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Baxter's House, Leighton and Eaton Constantine

Description: Baxter's House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 258865

OS Grid Reference: SJ5991306248
OS Grid Coordinates: 359913, 306248
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6525, -2.5940

Location: Eaton Constantine, Leighton, Shropshire SY5 6RF

Locality: Leighton and Eaton Constantine
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY5 6RF

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Listing Text

SJ 50 NE
1/81 Baxter's House
Farmhouse, now house. Late C15, extended and re-modelled early C17
with later additions and alterations. Timber framed with painted
brick infill, plain tile roof. T-plan with former open hall range
of 3 framed bays to left and later 2-bay cross-wing to right. One
storey and attic to hall range, 2 storeys and attic to cross-wing;
framing: hall range has square and rectangular panels, 3 from cill
to wall-plate with short straight tension braces; close-set vertical
posts above girding beam (brick below) and V-struts from collar to
gable end; cross-wing jettied to first floor and attic with carved
corner brackets and moulded bressumers retaining remains of billet
moulding, very small square panels to gable, long and short straight
tension braces; right return and back wall re-built in brick (painted
to former and rendered to latter); former gabled C17 entrance porch
in angle between ranges has turned balusters to left side but is now
under a continuous catslide roof from cross-wing, C20 nail-studded
door; irregular fenestration, two C20 casements to hall range with
outer door (see interior) to left, 2 gabled eaves dormers; cross-
wing has a 6-light latticed mullioned and transomed wooden window
to ground floor and one of 4 lights to first floor (both probably
C17), C20 latticed fixed-light window to attic; red brick ridge
stack to right of hall range with 2 octagonal shafts flanking central
diamond shaft. Single-storey C19 and C20 brick additions to rear not
of special architectural interest. Interior: main room of hall range
has massive spine and cross beams with deep chamfering and joists
with ogee stops; room to left of outer door (marking position of
former screens passage) also has massive ceiling beams and heavy
joists but with straight-cut stops; main room has exceptionally wide
and deep infilled inglenook fireplace with moulded lintel; against
the opposite wall (square panelled timber frame) the position of the
former bench at the upper end of the hall can be seen; front room of
cross-wing has early C17 rectangular oak panelling and a chamfered
spine beam with ogee stops, C17 plank and muntin doors throughout;
cambered collar and tie beam roof in 3 bays to hall range. The house
was the home of Richard Baxter, the Puritan theologian, in early C17.
B.o.E., p.124.

Listing NGR: SJ5991306248

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Source: English Heritage

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