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Description: Lower Cockhill Farmhouse, with Mounting Block 5 Metres West
Date Listed: 13 August 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 261991
OS Grid Reference: ST6252431180
OS Grid Coordinates: 362524, 131180
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0787, -2.5363
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CASTLE CARY CP
7/58 Lower Cockhill Farmhouse, with
mounting block 5 metres west
Farmhouse of two dates, now two houses. North section C18, south section late C15/early Cl6. North house of Doulting
stone cut and squared, south in Cary stone rubble, some squared; asbestos cement slates to both roofs, with coped
gables to north house; brick chimney stacks. North house of 2 storeys, 3 bays; steel casement windows apparently in
earlier openings, 2 and 3-lights; central boarded door with glazed panel in heavy frame under timber and tile porch
hood: interior not seen. South house of 2 storeys, 4 bays random fenestration. A variety of casement windows of various
dates; that to upper bay 1 a C18 3-light leaded casement; upper bay 2 is a half timbered projecting jettied gable, with
C20 2-light window, the outer timber work restored in 1984. Rear wall has small area of cobs in this elevation
currently blocked. Inside plan of 3-rooms with cross-entry into north room, the front door of C20 pattern and rear now
blocked; plain chamfer beams with shallow step and runouts; stairs a replacement against rear wall; to first floor two
doorways with cambered arched heads in wooden frames; the central jettied room, possibly a small chapel, had wattle and
daub infill to timber frame; 4-panelled ceiling with deep but thin moulded beams, centre rose boss and fleurs-de-lys in
corners, timber boards to panels; wall paintings were discovered in 1975 on the north wall - these were removed for
restoration in 1984: mostly red and blue, there is an IHS monogram with cross and crown, surrounded by a floral
pattern; some partition walling, wattle and daub and plank and muntin, survives; roof frame of arch-braced collar
trusses developing from raised crucks, with two rows of curved windbraces, and considerable smoke blackening. Property
undergoing extensive restoration (January 1985) but this should not affect the grading given above. Five metres west of
the later house is a stone 3-step mounting block. (VAG Reports, unpublished SRO, 1974, 1980 and 1983).
Listing NGR: ST6252431180
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Source: English Heritage
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