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Fold Farmhouse, Kettlewell with Starbotton

Description: Fold Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 May 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 324693

OS Grid Reference: SD9719872248
OS Grid Coordinates: 397198, 472248
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1461, -2.0444

Location: 7 Langcliffe Garth, Kettlewell, North Yorkshire BD23 5HX

Locality: Kettlewell with Starbotton
Local Authority: Craven District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: BD23 5HX

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Listing Text


21/107 Fold Farmhouse

- II*

Farmhouse, late C15, encased in C17 with extensive C19 alterations and
refenestration. A timber frame with arch-braced principal rafter trusses,
limestone rubble outer walls with ashlar dressings, graduated stone slate
roof. Originally an open hall house, now 2 storeys, 4 bays plus added bay
to right. Quoins. Projecting 2-storey gabled entrance bay, bay 2 and rear
semicircular stair turret bay 3. Facade: the C17 windows are a fire
window, ground floor left, a blocked 2-or 3-light recessed and chamfered
window immediately to left of bay 2 to first floor and a circular single-
block window reset in the gable of bay 2. A first-floor window, bay 3, has
the remains of C17 masonry. The remaining windows are early C19 sashes and
C20 casements, mostly in plain stone surrounds. Added C20 lean-to porch to
left return of entrance bay. End stacks and ridge stack above entrance
bay. Interior: ground floor, left, a chamfered fireplace with corbelled
jambs and a flat mantle stone. The central room has an C18 plain stone
fireplace, left, and a principal post with reset brace to left of a board
door leading to the stone newel staircase in the centre of the rear wall.
Ceiling beams and joists in the centre and left end rooms are C17,
chamfered, with C19 restoration and replacement. First floor: 4 pairs of
principal posts were seen at resurvey. The inner face is chamfered and
carved with corbel-like tapering stops with 3 roll mouldings to the top and
knobs to bases, the corbels supporting the chamfered arch braces. Above
first-floor ceiling height the apex of 3 trusses were seen. The arch
braces are fastened into the underside of a saddle linking the 2 principal
rafters. A short king post on the collar carries the square set ridge.
Short curved longitudinal braces between saddle and ridge are decorated
with 4-petal flowers in relief. Cusped wind braces link the trusses to the
2 tiers of purlins and the rafters include reused timbers elaborately
carved with roll mouldings. Although unique in this area, this elaborate
roof structure resembles 2 houses in the Bradford area. Horbury Hall
(c1480) and Liley Hall, Mirfield, (c1520) both in West Yorkshire, have been
studied in detail (Rural Houses p. 206 and 201); Liley Hall had deep arch
braces, saddle and short king post at the apex with 4-petal flower motif;
at Horbury the arch-braced intermediate truss has cusped wind braces and
the 4-petal flower motif occurs on a decorated cross-beam. Both these
houses are near Wakefield; and John Kaye, an influential landowner in the
later C15 in Kettlewell and Conistone (Raistrick p.50) had family links
with nearby Warmfield cum Heath. A Raistrick, Old Yorkshire Dales, 1967.
Colum Giles, Rural House of West Yorkshire, 1400-1830 , RCHM and Nest
Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council, 1986

Listing NGR: SD9719872248

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Source: English Heritage

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