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Moseley Old Hall and Attached Garden Walls, Gatepiers and Gate, Featherstone

Description: Moseley Old Hall and Attached Garden Walls, Gatepiers and Gate

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 271772

OS Grid Reference: SJ9316904415
OS Grid Coordinates: 393169, 304415
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6374, -2.1024

Location: Moseley Old Hall Lane, Featherstone, Staffordshire WV10 7HY

Locality: Featherstone
Local Authority: South Staffordshire District Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WV10 7HY

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Listing Text

In the entry for:-


6/4 Moseley Old Hall and attached
garden walls, gatepiers and
gate (formerly listed a
Moseley Old Hall).

16.5.53 II

the entry shall be amended to read:-


6/4 Moseley Old Hall and attached
garden walls, gatepiers and
gate (formerly listed as
Moseley Old Hall).

16.5.53 II



6/4 Moseley Old Hall and att-
ached garden walls, gate
piers and gate (formerly
16.5.53 listed as Moseley Old


House and attached garden walls, gate piers and gate. Late C16 timber framed
core encased in brown brick with blue brick dressings circa 1870; plain tile
roof; brick stacks with star shaped shafts. H-plan; hall range aligned north-
south facing east with projecting porch; parlour wing to the south, and service
wing to the north; minor extension to the north-east corner of the north wing.
2 storeys and attic; irregular multi gabled 6 window front with 2 storey
extension bay to the right. Casements with segmental heads and sill bands.
Full height porch towards right hand end of the slightly recessed hall range,
with 4-centred outer arch and inside, a 3-centred arch door. Brick walls
enclose a front garden; in the centre of each of the 3 sides is a pair of
square gate piers; those to the south and east have C17 stone caps. Interior.
Large open fireplace in the south-east corner of the Entrance Hall, and open-
well staircase of circa 1700 to the west with crossed string, panelled newels,
turned balusters, ramped handrail and oak dado with bolection moulded panels.
The Parlour occupied the ground floor of the south wing. It retains early
C17 wall panelling with a simple patterned frieze, and a spine beam with wide
chamfers. The King's Room. On the first floor of the service wing.
Exposed timber framing, low oak wall panelling and bolection moulded wooden
fireplace surround. In the north-east corner of the room a camouflaged
and plaster door opens to an original oak door with ogee arch, behind which
is a cupboard in the space between the chimney stack and the north wall.
Beneath the floor boards of this cupboard is a hiding place believed to have
been used by King Charles II after his defeat at Worcester in 1651. Whitgreave's
Room. Above the hall range. Exposed square panel timber framing in one wall,
2 walls are covered in early C17 oak panelling which incorporates cupboard
doors, one on each side of the fireplace. Intersecting cross and spine beams
with wide chamfers. A door in the west wall opens to a small room within the
porch, formerly used by Thomas Whitgreave as a study. Chapel. In the attic
of the parlour wing. Plastered walls with trompe l'oeil decorative panelling.
Vaulted and painted plaster ceiling. In the other attics there is a good deal
of exposed C16 timber framing. Moseley Old Hall contains several C16/17
panelled doors. Henry Pitt purchased the estate in 1583; he was almost
certainly the builder of Moseley Old Hall, for in 1600 the house was referred
to as 'Mr Pitt's new Hall at Moseley'. His daughter Alice inherited the
house on his death in 1602 and subsequently married Thomas Whitgreave.
Alice and her son, also Thomas, gave sanctuary to King Charles II after his
defeat at Worcester; he arrived from Boscobel House (q.v. Boscobel C.P.,
District of Bridgnorth, Shropshire) in the early morning of 8th September
1651 and left for France on the night of the 9th. Moseley Old Hall is owned
by The National Trust. The National Trust, Moseley Old Hall (1986).

Listing NGR: SJ9316904415

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Source: English Heritage

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