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Thorpe Prebend House, Ripon

Description: Thorpe Prebend House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 May 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 330065

OS Grid Reference: SE3143070996
OS Grid Coordinates: 431430, 470996
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1339, -1.5205

Location: High Street Agnesgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 1QR

Locality: Ripon
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG4 1QR

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Listing Text

27.5.49 (south side)

Thorpe Prebend House
GV [(formerly listed as
The City Museum (Thorpe
Prebend House)]


Mid-C17, with some internal alterations of circa 1700. Although the plan seems
old-fashioned for this date it is a similar plan to that adopted for the Old Deanery
circa 1660-70. But, since the prebends of the reconstituted College were
non-territorial its name suggests that it is, at the least a rebuilding of one of the
mediaeval prebendaries houses. It consists of a hall range and 2 projecting wings on
river (south) side, which have catslide roofs towards the centre.

Roughcast, apparently over brick with ashlar dressings. Pitched pantile and stone
slate roofs. Coped gable on cut stone kneelers which once had finials on them. Two
storeys and attics. Moulded strings and various moulded window cornices of same
profile, unrelated to many of the present windows.

Hall range of four bays: C18 sashes with glazing bars, and some C19 casements and
Yorkshire casements with glazing bars. West wing has French windows and mid C19
2-storey canted bay: east side of west wing has 2 attic dormers and one semi-dormer.
The street (north) front has various C18 sashes with glazing bars, and one mid C19
door with 6 fielded panels, oblong fanlight and wooden Tuscan doorcase. Massive
projecting chimneybreast with tall diagonally-placed stacks. Two projecting
chimneybreasts at west end (the stack, though separated, are not diagonally placed),
with a later addition built in between.

The east wing has various (internal) remnants of a timber frame. This may, therefore,
be part of the earlier house, probably mediaeval or early C16, of the prebendaries of

Interior. C17 features include hall fireplace, with a chamfered 4-centred arch; the
wainscotting of the rooms on both floors of the west wing, though as these rooms have
C19 windows, this wainscotting must be re-set; and a chimneypiece with an elaborate
overmantel in the north-west first floor room.

C18 features include the elm staircase, which has a closed string, plain newels with a
cut scrolled console to lowest newel, and double-twisted spiral balusters (features
typical of a circa 1700). Room above hall has fielded panelling, overmantel with
moulded shoulders of surround and chimneypiece with simple egg-and-dart architrave.
Bolection-moulded chimneypiece in first floor south-west room.

Thorpe Prebend is in some ways more typical of a Pennine manor house, than of the Vale
of York; though, unlike its Pennine contemporaries, it is built of brick and stone.

Listing NGR: SE3143670997

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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