Description: Lowe Hill House
Date Listed: 22 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 277222
OS Grid Reference: TM0425135021
OS Grid Coordinates: 604251, 235021
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9761, 0.9725
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TM 03 NW STRATFORD ST MARY HIGHAM ROAD
Lowe Hill House
House. Probable early C15 range remodelled in early C17 by insertion of stack
into cross passage, flooring over and raising of height of rear wall and recon-
struction of roof. Mid C16 cross wing to right with attached rear range of
probable early C16. Timber-framed with some painted brick casing. Plain tile
roof and red brick stacks. L-plan. Originally open hall with 2-storey ends and
rear range, now 2 storeys throughout. 2-bay hall with further bay at left
representing former high end. 2-bay cross wing. 3-bay rear range. Former cross
passage to right of hall retains original front entrance with 2-centred arch
constructed from two pieces of timber. Entrance blocked on exterior but original
door survives intact behind render. Close studding except where ground floor of
left bay has been cased in brick. End of inserted bridging beam visible above
middle rail of hall. Restored ovolo mullion windows throughout. Swept roof.
Gabled dormer. Corniced saw-tooth stack to right. Cross wing close-studded with
down braces. Jettied 1st floor. Restored ovolo mullion and transom windows, that
to 1st floor with mullioned side windows. 2-light window to gable with barge-
boards, swept roof. Rear: door resited to right of original position, studded
moulded plank door with shaped head under renewed Tudor arch. Two levels of wall
plates indicate raising of 1st floor. Close studding. Restored ovolo mullion
windows. Rear range: studding replaced in part, brick casing to end bay.
Restored ovolo mullion windows. Two saw tooth-stacks. Protruding brick bread
oven with tiled roof to gable end. Interior: hall range, original front door
survives in later cupboard to front of inserted stack, studded plank door with
batons. Chamfered bridging beam with curved stop. Moulded plank door to cross
wing with Tudor-arched head. Cross wing replaced original service range.
Chamfered beam with run-out stop and exposed joists. Central post to return wall
has initials RB carved in relief (rather remodelled) and mutilated shield above.
Orange brick fireplace with chamfered steeply-cambered arch. Section of strapwork
wall painting to right in red, white and black. Rear range 1st room has complete
C17 panelling with fine hand-painted decoration to each panel, cornice and
panelled door with cocks head hinges incorporating two linenfold panels. Centre
room has studded moulded plank door with shaped head and 2 large chamfered posts,
that to left with jewel stops, with arch braces to massive stop chamfered beam
above fireplace. Chamfered longitudinal beam and exposed joists to centre and end
rooms. Varying floor and ceiling levels indicate more than one build. First
floor: cross wing has chamfered cambered orange brick fireplace. Rear range
centre room posts and arch braces to tie beam (supports crown post above). Roof:
rear range not fully inspected but front 2 bays retain crown post roof. Plain
square post adjacent to stack, down brace to tie beam and arch brace to purlin.
Collars. No blackening. Cross wing: clasped purlin roof with wind braces, some
blackened rafters imply reuse. Hall range, smoke-blackened rafters of C15 front
roof pitch survive beneath later roof.
Listing NGR: TM0425135021
Source: English Heritage
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