Description: Bascote House and Former Outbuildings
Date Listed: 27 October 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 307158
OS Grid Reference: SP4057163678
OS Grid Coordinates: 440571, 263678
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2698, -1.4069
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27-OCT-1987 Bascote House and Former Outbuildings
(Formerly listed as:
BASCOTE HOUSE AND ATTACHED OUTBUILDINGS)
Farmhouse and attached outbuildings, converted to residential use. Probably early C18 with early-C19 addition and alterations.
MATERIALS: The house is of whitewashed brick in Flemish garden wall bond with storey band and dentilled eaves cornice. Plain tile roof with off-centre brick ridge stack to main range and end gable stack to rear wing. Former outbuilding range (Nos. 1-6 Bascote Chase) is also of brick and largely painted; the roofs are clad in modern tile and slate.
PLAN: House has a rectangular plan with rear wing (south) and early-C19 flat-roofed addition to right (east). Formerly a lobby-entry house; entrance now via doorway in right hand addition. The former outbuildings to the west have a C-shaped plan and face onto a courtyard.
EXTERIOR: The house is predominately of two-storeys with the principal façade to the north. Four window range to front with twelve pane sashes to ground floor and C20 hinged casements to first floor. Windows have segmental-arched heads. Two C19 canted bays with sashes and margin bars to the ground floor centre and right. A sash window between the bays appears to mark the position of the original entrance which has been replaced by panelled and glazed double doors in the addition to the far left. The rear (south) elevation has three- and two-light casements with leaded panes and two dormers with segmental-shaped roofs. There are further sash windows to the first floor of the rear wing, casements to ground floor, one of C20 date, and a sash at attic height in the end gable. To the west the house is attached to the C18 former outbuilding ranges (Nos. 1-6 BASCOTE CHASE) by a large carriage arch. The courtyard elevations have window and door openings with segmental heads and cills of brown brick and rooflights, of late-C20 date. The north and west (rear) elevations have some C20 inserted openings, but retain some earlier ones with timber lintels; also late-C20 rooflights.
INTERIOR: BASCOTE HOUSE: The double entrance doors have internal shutters and open onto a stair hall which has a closed string staircase with turned balusters and a curtail step. There are two reception rooms to the right; the first has a chamfered spine beam with scroll stops and the room beyond, an axial ceiling beam. The former retains the recess and bressumer for a large inglenook fireplace. The rear wing also has a large open fireplace and an enclosed winder staircase that leads to the upper floors. There are further chamfered ceiling beams in the bedrooms, and some wide elm floor boards. The attic floor in the main range retains some evidence for its original roof carpentry such as principal trusses and a single row of purlins which pre-date the raising of the roof, and also plank doors with decorative strap hinges. The former outbuildings, now Nos. 1-6 BASCOTE CHASE, have been sub-divided into six dwellings. Nos. 4, 5 and 6 were inspected internally. Nos. 4 and 6 retain deeply chamfered spine beams to the ground floor and much of the historic roof structure, including collared roof trusses with some tie beams, and a single row of purlins, all of which are pegged, survive.
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: Bascote House and Nos. 1-6 Bascote Chase are designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: The house is a good survival of an early-C18 building with outbuildings which was extended and underwent aggrandisement in the early C19
* Interior features: For retaining many features of interest, such as some fireplaces, staircases, exposed beams and other joinery which are indicative of its different stages of development
* Degree of alteration: Residential conversion of the former outbuildings has not done any significant harm and the alterations are in keeping with their scale and overall appearance
* Historic fabric: The essential structure and historic roof carpentry of the house and former outbuildings survives substantially intact
* Group value: The early-C18 former lobby entry house and its associated former outbuildings form an interesting group
Source: English Heritage
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