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Description: Smelter Farmhouse
Date Listed: 25 March 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 322488
OS Grid Reference: SD9645982873
OS Grid Coordinates: 396459, 482873
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2415, -2.0558
BISHOPDALE B 6160
SD 98 SE
(south-east side, off)
5/8 Smelter Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Dated 1701. Probably for John Horner. Rubble, stone slate
roof. Irregular U-shaped plan, 2 storeys, with 3 first-floor windows to
main range and rear wing to left, shorter staircase wing to rear right and
with added linking single-storey lean-to. Quoins. East front: central C20
six-panel door in elaborately-moulded surround, with double cyma reversa
sections to arris joining in stop chamfers at base. The inner moulding
forms an elaborately stepped head, with "IH" "1701" on spandrels, and a
stepped head to outer moulding. Above, a torus pulvinated frieze, and above
that a segmental pediment. Double-chamfered mullion windows, the lights
with segmental arched heads and sunk spandrels, and with ogee section to
inner chamfers on ground floor. Ground floor: 3-light window to left, 6-
light window with central king mullion to right, both with hoodmoulds
extended into doorway and terminating there in paterae. To right, oval fire
window. First-floor windows: 3-light; single-light with stepped head above
door; 4-light with central king mullion. Shaped kneelers, ashlar coping.
Corniced ashlar stacks between first and second first-floor windows and at
right end. Rear: small blocked chamfered surround in gable of stair turret.
Left return, in rear wing, ground-floor 4-light double-chamfered window with
central king mullion, the inner chamfer hollow, and with hoodmould which is
damaged to the right of the window where a doorway has been blocked; first-
floor 4-light double-chamfered mullion window. Interior not inspected. The
name is probably a reference to a medieval hearth for smelting iron ore
found on the hillside nearby. The house is an exceptionally fine example of
its type in the area. Uninhabited at time of resurvey.
Listing NGR: SD9645982873
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