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Description: Biddulph Old Hall
Date Listed: 13 April 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 275206
OS Grid Reference: SJ8936760197
OS Grid Coordinates: 389367, 360197
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1388, -2.1604
There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, A 16th Century Mansion and Garden Remains at Biddulph Old Hall, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.
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SJ 86 SE Biddulph Old Hall
Farmhouse attached to ruins of Biddulph Old Hall (A.M.). Late C17, but
incorporating parts of Hall of 1580's; C18 and late C19 additions and
alterations. Coursed and dressed sandstone; stone slate roof; verge
parapets and massive side stacks. House forms roughly an 'L' plan, backed up
against the Old Hall to the south. Entrance front: irregular composition
with screen walls and octagonal and domed tower of Old Hall incorporated into
roof to left, with 3-storey link block. Two storeys and attic, approximately
30m long, broken in centre by massive projecting stone stack, pitched
reductions to right, capped by brick shafts and with further stone stack
adjacent to right; range of 2-light windows to right; cyma recta reveals
and chamfered mullions; 3 windows to left of stacks; similar with 3 lights:
one to ground floor and 2 to first; the left-hand set in slight break with
pilaster mullions, probably re-used. Further 3-light window above set in
link block. Mid-C19 single-storey lean-to porch set between stacks and
left-hand break; round-arched entry, corbelled imposts with flanking carved
memorial devices; boarded door. Projecting C19 gabled wing of one bay to
extreme left and in line with A.M. frontage: incorporating much re-used
material. Garden front: to west. Blind gabled projecting 3-storey C18 bay
to left and A.M. to right flanking rear of C17 house with labelled 4-light
(round section) mullion and transom hall window packed into angle to left;
king mullion to left suggests this was formerly of 6 lights; mullioned
windows to first floor of 3 and 2 lights. North front: C17 gable to left
with a range of three 3-light mullioned windows; C18 wing flush to right
with a range of 3-light casements and entrance to left. Biddulph Old Hall
was actually brought down by 'Roaring Meg', the Parliamentarian's cannon, in
1643, ending a seige of attrition, where Brereton faced Brereton in command
on both sides. The farmhouse of a single range and simple link was built on
to these ruins some time later by the newly impoverished Biddulph family, who
added the modest later wings to both sides. Entrance axes have vacillated
from the grand avenue of the 1580's to the south, C17 to the east, C18 to the
north and C19 from the east again.
Listing NGR: SJ8936760197
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Source: English Heritage
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