Description: 91, Crane Street
Date Listed: 28 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 319077
OS Grid Reference: SU1422529797
OS Grid Coordinates: 414225, 129797
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0673, -1.7984
SU 1429 NW 3/67 28.2.52.
Mentioned as "Le Crane" in Bishop's rental of 1455. The south range of building
at right angles to street mid C14. The street range late C16 circa 1575 (document
the east half replacing 1 1/2 bays of old south range. Partly remodelled C18.
3 storeys and basement. Ashlar stone stuccoed up to 1st floor level. Upper
floors timber framed plastered, oversailing resting on moulded cornice supported
by ground floor bays. Old tile roof.
Two 1/2 hipped gables with central chimney stack - 1 diamond shaft between 2
square, 1 semi-circular 3-light window in each gable on 2nd floor.
2 windows under each gable on 1st floor (C17 late - C18 early).
2 rectangular bay windows on ground floor, each with 10-light moulded stone
mullion and transom windows with 2 lights on sides, glazed with large diagonal
1 4-light moulded stone mullioned window in each bay lighting basement. One
flush sash window to right in brick faced bay above entrance.
8 panelled oak door with eaved moulded architrave under portico - 2 stone
painted Doric columns and 2 1/2 engaged against wall supporting moulded cornice
and pediment. The door opens onto a paved hall with inner double doors each
4-panelled with arched open fanlight over with grille of wrought iron scroll
work. The doorway is framed in wood Doric pilasters with bolection frieze
and moulded cornice breaking forward round key block of arch. Panelled spandrels.
The mid C14 south range is timber framed with a stone west wall. The roof
has a crown post structure of unusual type originally 4 now 2 1/2 bays. South
extension C15 and modern. The rear block early C18 inserted in right angle
between 2 earlier ranges. The west entrance and passage remodelled with rebuilt
centering at time of building of the adjoining No 93 Crane Street. The interior
of the street block suffered from 1930's restauration when a number of beams
were damaged and the interior largely stripped of panelling and fireplaces
which was moved to the USA. Cambered tie beams remain, some carpenters marks.
A fragment of C14 stone doorway remains. 2 plaster ceilings: small C18 and
on 1st floor a large one probably Jacobean, deeply moulded ribs in interlocked
geometrical patterns and small pendants.
Nos 87 to 101 (odd) form an important group.
Listing NGR: SU1422529797
Source: English Heritage
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