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Alderton Hall, Great Ness

Description: Alderton Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 259172

OS Grid Reference: SJ3855117345
OS Grid Coordinates: 338551, 317345
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7502, -2.9118

Location: Great Ness, Shropshire SY4 1AW

Locality: Great Ness
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY4 1AW

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Listing Text

SJ 31 NE
4/109 Alderton Hall (formerly
27.5.53 listed as Alderton Farmhouse)


House, latterly farmhouse. Dated 1591 (internally) for Richard Heylin.
Altered internally in the late C17, extended in the late C18 and remodelled
in the early to mid-C19. Rendered timber frame with slate roofs. L-plan.
Hall range to rear at right-angles to road of 3 framed bays, with cross wing
to front of 2 framed bays. Two storeys, with cross wing of 2 storeys and
attic. North-east front: jettied first floor to front, left-hand side,and
to rear, with moulded bressumer, jettied gable end to left with moulded
bressumer, and C19 pierced scalloped barge boards with finials. Probably
inserted late C17 integral brick corner stack to right at front and large
external lateral stack to rear with high chanfered grey sandstone base, brick
upper part with toothed-brick cornice, 3 star-shaped brick shafts with
oversailing tops, and pitched-roofed link to attic. Large central gable
with 2-light wooden attic casement, pair of first-floor small-paned 2-light
metal casements, and 3 ground-floor wooden mullioned and transomed windows.
3-light to left, 2-light to right and one-light to centre. Right-hand
gable end with ground-and first-floor wooden cross windows and 2-light
attic casement. Left-hand gable end with 2-light attic casement and
mortices for former brackets to gable. C16 three-light chamfered-mullioned
wooden first-floor window to rear. Rear wing (hall range); south-east front:
central timber framed 2-storey gabled porch with ground-floor rebuilt in the
C18, jettied on 3 sides with moulded bressumer, remains of quatrefoil
panels to first floor, and C19 barge boards. Ground-floor early C18 boxed
glazing bar sash. First-floor window removed and wall partly dismantled
at time of survey (January 1987). C18 brick infill to right of porch .
C19 dormer and external brick end stack to left. Extended to front at
left in C18 brick with dentil brick eaves cornice. North-west front:
3 windows; wooden cross windows, except for 3-light ground-floor window to
right. Late C18 door to centre with 6 flush panels (upper 2 glazed), moulded
architrave and C19 gabled porch (former entrance between first and second
window from right). Interior: mainly late C16 and late C17, with many
fixtures and fittings surviving from both periods. Ground-floor rear room
(hall range): chamfered cross-beamed ceiling with ogee stops, the main beams
carved and with evidence of possible former inscription to centre (now
defaced). One carved wall bracket. Open fireplace. C17 oak panelling
with fluted frieze and moulded cornice. Pair of c.1700 doors with 2
raised and fielded panels. Interior of former porch with panelling and
moulded cornice. Ground-floor left-hand front room (cross wing): C17
oak panelling with possibly C19 fluted frieze and dentil cornice. Fireplace
of c.1700 with marble slip, lugged architrave with wooden moulding, moulded
cornice (remains of C17 fluted frieze behind) and overmantel above,
consisting of 2 moulded square panels which each have a carved lozenge with
a Tudor rose within. Chamfered spine beam with ogee stops. Right-hand
ground-floor room (cross wing); refitted in the late C17. Deep-chamfered
ceiling beam. Panelling corner fireplace with bolection-moulded
architrave, pulvinated frieze, moulded cornice, and bolection-moulded
panel above with section of moulded cornice above that. Shell niche in
corner including a pair of doors with 3 raised and fielded panels each,
and a surround with flanking fluted pilasters, moulded architrave with
fluted key, and dentil cornice above. Old panelled door with cock's head
hinges. Staircase hall to centre: C17 oak panelling(along with some in
the rear room this was removed from Rigg's Hall at Shrewsbury School and
installed here in the late C20) with schoolboys' graffiti and Greek key
ornament to cornice. Late C17 dog-leg oak staircase rising to attic,
with closed string, ovolo-moulded wall string, drop balusters, chamfered
handrail (grip handrail to attic flight) and square newel posts with
beaded corners, moulded shaped caps and pendants. Thick pierced splat
balusters to attic flight. Moulded plaster-panelled soffit. Rear
bedroom (hall range): C17 panelling with moulded cornice and corner
fireplace with raised and fielded panelling. Left-hand front bedroom
(cross wing): C17 panelling including 6-panelled door with cock's head
hinges. Fireplace with C19 surround consisting of Doric pilasters with
panels above, C17 or C18 Delft-type tiles in reveals,and C16 three-bay
overmantel consisting of round-arched outer panels, central panel-in-
panel, pilasters, and frieze with guilloche and other ornament.
Overmantel dated: 1591 Roof over hall range with pairs of purlins
RH and cross-wing roof with single purlins and
cross-wing roof with single purlins and wind braces. Wattle and daub
panels. Revd. F. Brighton, The Story of Great Ness (1933),pp. 95-7 .

Listing NGR: SJ3855117345

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Source: English Heritage

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