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Description: Nappa Hall
Date Listed: 16 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 323049
OS Grid Reference: SD9657990795
OS Grid Coordinates: 396579, 490795
Latitude/Longitude: 54.3127, -2.0541
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SD 99 SE
9/27 Nappa Hall
Fortified manor house. 1459, with C17 wing. For James Metcalfe. Rubble,
stone slate roof. Single-storey central hall flanked by 4-storey western
and 2-storey eastern towers, with south-east wing projecting forward at
right angles from eastern tower, and entrance porch in angle so formed.
Quoins. Porch: pointed arch with continuous hollow-chamfered moulding with
label. A single-light chamfered window on each return. Parapet. Pointed-
arched inner doorway with continuous hollow-chamfered moulding and leaved
6-panel door. To left, 2 cross-windows with cinque-cusped pointed lights,
hood-moulds with headstops, quarry panes and iron bars. Parapet. West
tower, main defensible unit: windows with cinque-cusped pointed lights under
hood-moulds, those to ground, first and third floors with headstops, quarry
panes and iron bars. Ground floor: 3-light window; to right, light vent to
spiral staircase from ground to first floor. First floor: 2-light window,
light vent to right. Second floor: single light. Third floor: single
light. Crenellated parapet. Head of stair turret in south-east corner.
East: kitchen and service wing: sash window on first floor, crenellated
parapet. Rear elevation east tower: projecting chimney stack. Left return
of west tower: board door in C19 ashlar sandstone chamfered rusticated
quoined surround with pointed arch with keystone and springers. On each
floor, a cinque-cusped single-light window in chamfered surround. Slightly-
projecting chimney stack on ground and first floors. String. Gargoyle.
Right return of east tower: to basement, 2 lattice windows in chamfered
openings, and on right 2 windows under wide relieving arch. Ground floor:
4 sash windows with glazing bars in sandstone ashlar surrounds with
interrupted jambs. First floor: 2 similar windows. In centre, projection
of buttress of garderobe. Corbelled fireplace or garderobe to left on first
floor. Projecting turret in south-east corner. West elevation of south-
east range: central studded board door in quoined surround with segmental-
arched head. On ground floor on either side, a 3-light double-chamfered
mullion window with hoodmould, and 16-pane sashes above on first floor.
Double gable with lead rainwater head between cast
with JULY , (Thomas Metcalfe, d1754). Rear elevation of south-east range:
on each floor a single-light window in chamfered, quoined surround. The
building has numerous lead rainwater pipes and fluted hopper heads.
Interior, west tower: stone newel staircase from ground floor to roof.
Wave-moulded cross-beams supported on stone corbels, with remains of
medieval joists. In first-floor chamber, fragment of plasterwork frieze,
chamfered fireplace and chamfered doorway leading to rear room with stone
chute in wall leading to external gargoyle. Hall: segmental arched
fireplace and doorway to west tower. East tower: late C18 - early C19
cantilevered dog-leg staircase with hollow-moulded soffits to treads.
Probably the finest and least-spoilt fortified manor house in the north of
England. For centuries belonged to the Metcalfes, one of the most important
Wensleydale families. Described by Leland as a "very goodly House".
Hartley M and Ingilby J, Yorkshire Village (1979). VCH i, pp 204-5, 208.
Listing NGR: SD9657990795
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