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Granchen, Bitton

Description: Granchen

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 28555

OS Grid Reference: ST6816369304
OS Grid Coordinates: 368163, 169304
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4219, -2.4592

Location: 11 Church Road, Bitton, South Gloucestershire BS30 6LJ

Locality: Bitton
County: South Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: BS30 6LJ

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Listing Text


21-NOV-02 (East side)

(Formerly listed as:


(east side)
(formerly listed as
ST 6869 15/3B outbuilding to west of
11.5.53 the Grange)

Former kitchen wing to The Grange. Early C18, with later alterations. Local rubble stone, originaly rendered, with Bath stone ashlar dressings. Hipped pantile roof. Rectangular plan.
EXTERIOR: Triple arcade to ground floor with entrance to centre: elliptically-arched openings with ashlar surrounds, moulded imposts and keystones. Openings now infilled with inserted modern casement windows. String course at first floor level. Upper floor has three round windows with moulded surrounds, with keystones at the cardinal points. Lower third of windows infilled with rubble; swivelling windows retain old glass. Rear (garden) elevation is plainer and more altered, with modern windows. East elevation altered.
INTERIOR: now partially sub-divided, the ground floor is dominated by a large open hearth, with an elliptical arch of moulded ashlar, with keystone. Cellar is extensive, sub-divided into two main sections with barrel-vaulted roofs, with original wine bins, slate chopping block, etc. Upper floor retains several early C19 cast iron grates. Roof structure substantially intact.
HISTORY: The name 'Granchen' is a shortening of 'Grange' and 'kitchen': this was the original function of the building, which is attached to the separately-listed Grange [q.v.]. The extensive cellars and size of the hearth all bear this out. The arcaded south front was clearly intended for show, and can be compared with the garden house of c.1720 at Widcombe Manor, with also has a triple arched loggia to the ground floor and a hipped roof (but concealed behind a parapet: the elevation of 'Granchen' seems to have been altered in this repsect). The building was extensively refurbished in the 1960s and -70s, when the eastern extension was added. John Wood the younger is believed to have occupied the Grange in the later 18th century, but the front is more likely to be of an earlier date than this.

Listing NGR: ST6816369305

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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