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Carr Head Hall, Cowling

Description: Carr Head Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 10 September 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 323561

OS Grid Reference: SD9750044277
OS Grid Coordinates: 397500, 444277
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8947, -2.0395

Location: Long Lane, Cowling, North Yorkshire BD22 0LE

Locality: Cowling
Local Authority: Craven District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: BD22 0LE

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Listing Text

10.9.54 Carr Head Hall
(formerly listed as
Carr Head)

Mansion, probably mid C18 enlarged later C18, then refurbished 1851 and slightly
altered early C20. Hammer dressed stone and hipped slate roof, with some ashlar
work. Two storeys. The oldest part appears to be the south front, now the garden
front, of 5 bays. This has a plinth and plat band, cornice and rusticated quoins.
The tall windows have architraves and are sashed with all glazing bars. The central
doorway has a Doric doorcase with pilasters, pediment, and rosettes between
triglyphs. The east front is of 5 bays and is similarly detailed except that the
windows have plain stone surrounds, and the central 3 bays are canted out. The north
front, probably early C20, has blocked surrounds to the windows and a Doric porch,
distyle in antis.
Inside 3 periods may be distinguished. To the later C18 probably belong the former
hall, with doors in the style of Adam, and the central staircase, which has a small
domed skylight decorated with husks. The cantilevered stone stair has an ornamental
iron balustrade. The remaining rooms of the ground floor have simple classical
decoration probably dating from 1851. On the first floor all 3 rooms of the south
front retain lavish decoration from the first build. The central lobby has a small
but rich plaster ceiling in the style of the 1730s above an Ionic modillion cornice.
This has an eagle in central roundel and a cove decorated with Roman busts, cherubs,
trumpets and palm leaves. The south-east bedroom has a cornice supported by 2
Corinthian pilasters either side of the chimneypiece, which has a scrolled and eared
overmantel with an overhanging garland. The south-west bedroom has a similar
arrangement, but the detail is Doric, with bucrania in the frieze. The overmantel is
shouldered, flanked by husks and surmounted by a shell which harbours another ox
The house thus preserves in part a small mansion of mid C18 of considerable interest.

Listing NGR: SD9750044277

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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