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Higher House, Grinshill

Description: Higher House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 October 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 260029

OS Grid Reference: SJ5206123522
OS Grid Coordinates: 352061, 323522
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8071, -2.7126

Location: Gooseberry Lane, Grinshill, Shropshire SY4 3BN

Locality: Grinshill
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY4 3BN

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Listing Text

SJ 5223 - 5323 GRINSHILL C.P. HIGH STREET (North side)

17/35 Higher House

House. Early C18, refenestrated in the mid-to late C19 and extended in
the early C19. Red brick with painted sandstone ashlar dressings,
addition faced in tooled rusticated grey sandstone ashlar; plain tile
roofs, hipped over left-hand wing. 2 storeys and 2 storeys and attic
over basement. Moulded plinth, raised chamfered quoins, plat band,
moulded wooden dentil eaves cornice; central break with quoins and
oeil-de-boeuf in tympanum of steep triangular pedimented gable with
moulded verges. Parapeted gable ends with chamfered coping and moulded
kneelers and external brick end stacks. 1:1:1 bays; glazing bar and
4-pane sashes with stone cills and lintels with raised keystones, that
to centre triple; pair of probably late C18 ground-floor canted bays
with glazing bar sashes, moulded eaves cornices and lead tops. Pair
of central half-glazed panelled doors have lugged moulded architrave
with projecting triple keystone and flat hood on carved scroll brackets
with moulded cornice and 2-panelled soffit. Early C19 wing set back to
left with first-floor cill band, moulded stone eaves cornice (dentil
brick to side) and integral brick end stack to left; 2 first-floor 2-
light wooden casements and 3 ground floor Gothick glazing bar sashes with
Y-tracery. Left-hand return front with probably reset datestone inscribed:
E Rear: 2 storey and attic-gabled wing to left with dressed red
I E sandstone lower parts and triple-keyed sashes; central stair
1657 tower and one-storey kitchen wing to right with brick stack.
Interior: mid-C18 stair-case with open string, turned balusters (2 per
tread), columnular foot newel post and moulded ramped handrail; balustrade
returning to landing. Early C18 depressed-arched fireplace in right-hand
bedroom with raised-and-fielded panelled surround and fluted keystone,and
early C18 fireplace in left-hand bedroom with raised-and-fielded panelled
surround including keystone with shaped lower edge. Early C18 door under
back stairs with bolection-moulded panels and H-hinges. Three early
C18 fireplaces in ground-floor rooms introduced in the late C20; that
in right-hand room with lugged architrave, pulvinated frieze and dentil
cornice, that in left-hand room with lugged architrave, frieze with husk
festoons and moulded cornice, and that in early C19 addition to left with
lugged architrave, carved pulvinated frieze with flanking scrolls, and
cornice with egg and dart enrichment. The front of the C18 part was
formerly of 2:1:2 bays (see straight joints of blocked windows). The
fenestration was probably altered in the mid-to late C18. The house is
similar in design to The Well House and the Elephant and Castle Hotel
(q.v.) and might be by the same architect (see steep pedimented gable).
B.o.E., p. 135.

Listing NGR: SJ5206123522

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Source: English Heritage

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