Description: Bark Hill House
Date Listed: 1 May 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 260588
OS Grid Reference: SJ5418041249
OS Grid Coordinates: 354180, 341249
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9666, -2.6836
WHITCHURCH URBAN C.P. BARK HILL (south-east
8/36 No. 28 (Bark Hill
House. Circa 1680-1700, remodelled in the early to mid-C19. Rendered
timber frame. Plain tile roof. 3 framed bays; central staircase plan.
2 storeys and attic. Rendered plinth, and wooden fascia with moulded
gutter. Integral rendered brick end stacks. 3 gabled dormers with
leaded wooden casements, two to right 2-light and one to left 3-light.
3 bays; C19 two- and 3-light wooden mullioned and transomed casements
with chamfered cills and concave hoods. Central 6 panelled door (lower
2 panels beaded flush) with central beading, reeded impost band, 2-part
rectangular overlight with geometrical-pattern glazing bars, reeded
architrave, and porch with attenuated cast-iron barleysugar columns, tall
thin reeded pilaster strips to wall and shallow gabled top. Cast-iron
bootscraper to left. Rendered early to mid-C19 two-storey rear wing with
boxed 16-pane glazing bar sashes and integral lateral brick stack.
Interior: many fixtures and fittings of C.1700. Entrance hall with
moulded plaster cornice. Oak dog-leg staircase of c.1700 with winders
and half-landings, closed string, unusual double-twisted (pierced barley-
sugar) balusters, moulded handrail, and square newel posts with moulded
caps. Ground-floor right-hand rear room: late C17-c,1700 oak panelling with
fluted frieze and moulded cornice. C17 corner fireplace with mid-C19
surround and three c.1700 bolection-moulded panels above. Right-hand rear
bedroom has c.1700 fireplace with lugged architrave, frieze and moulded
cornice, and late C18 cast-iron grate. Roof with collar and tie-beam
trusses. Late C17 panelled door with L-hinges to left-hand front
bedroom. Ground floor 6-panelled doors with moulded architraves. The
facade was probably formerly of 5 bays (see beam ending above front window in
right-hand ground floor room) and probably refenestrated when it was
remodelled in the early to mid-C19. This is a particularly interesting
example of a late use of timber framing, in a house which in all other
respects (except perhaps for the staircase) is typical of its date. No.
28 Dodington (q.v.) is another example of late timber framing and both
buildings may be the work of the same builder.
Listing NGR: SJ5418041249
Source: English Heritage
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