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Moat House, Longnor

Description: Moat House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 May 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 259617

OS Grid Reference: SJ4935800249
OS Grid Coordinates: 349358, 300249
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5977, -2.7491

Location: Longnor, Shropshire SY5 7PP

Locality: Longnor
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY5 7PP

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Listing Text


9/76 Moat House

- II*

House. Late C14 with c.1600 and C17 alterations. Timber framed with
plastered infill, partly rebuilt in rendered rubble with painted imitation
framing; left-hand end wall rebuilt in dressed grey sandstone and right-
hand end wall rebuilt in roughly dressed sandstone and rendered brick;
plain tile roof. 1:1:2 framed bays; former open hall of 2 framed bays
to left with narrower screens bay and service bay to left. Framing:
closely-spaced uprights with 2 rails. 2 storeys and gable-lit attic.
Stone ridge stack just off-centre to right-with rendered brick shaft
and rendered external end stack to right. 3-window front; 2- and 3-
light mid- to late C19 and C20 wooden and wooden-framed metal casements,
ground floor to right with segmental head. C20 nail-studded boarded
door off-centre to right with C19 gabled timber framed porch including
cusped angle braces and open sides with cast-iron lattice windows. Probable
blocked former first-floor window to left with 2 shaped-headed lights
and probable blocked inserted first-floor 3-light window to right; evidence
of a former probably C16 two-storey porch in front of screens bay off-
centre to left (see mortices in frame posts). Interior: lower end with
large C14 joists, chamfered over former screens passage; c.1600 inserted
floor in former 2-bay hall with chamfered beams; large c.1600 inserted
stack with 2 dressed grey sandstone chamfered Tudor-arched fireplaces;
inserted c.1600 moulded doorway in lower end; remains of C14 screen including
cusped brace (mortices suggest that this formed one of a pair of open
quatrefoil panels flanking central entrance to hall). Two first-floor-
c.1600 chamfered stone fireplaces; old doors throughout. Fine C14 smoke-
blackened roof: billet decorated frieze. Trusses have chamfered brackets
with moulded capitals, the central hall truss with carved head corbels;
moulded main posts and braces to central hall truss with moulded tie-
beam, queen struts, collar and cusped v-struts; chamfered arch-braced
intermediate collar trusses with cusped v-struts. Sets of 3 chamfered
butt purlins with chamfered cusped wind braces; spere truss with queen
struts and v-struts. Pairs of purlins with wind braces over lower end.
The house was possibly that built for Edward de Acton, whose descendants
occupied it from 1377-1610. It probably extended further at-each end,
possibly incorporating a cross-wing, and formed the centre of a larger
group of buildings. The house stands within a large, roughly rectangular
moat with a fishpond to the east. V.C.H., Vol. VIII, p.108; B.O.E.,
p.174; R.C.H.M. report (1974), including photographs, plans and sections.

Listing NGR: SJ4935800249

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Source: English Heritage

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