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The Old Deanery, Ripon

Description: The Old Deanery

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 May 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 330152

OS Grid Reference: SE3147671185
OS Grid Coordinates: 431476, 471185
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1356, -1.5197

Location: Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 1QS

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

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There is also a scheduled monument, Ripon Minster Close, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

1/2 (north side)
The Old Deanery
GV [formerly listed as The
Old Deanery Hotel
(Minster Road)


Mid-C17, altered in 1799 and early or mid C19. Limestone ashlar. Hipped stone slate
roof. Tall brown brick stacks. Two storeys and attics. Three-bay front, flanked by
2 gabled wings, gables with chamfered coping on cut stone kneelers. C19 mullion and
transom windows, mullions and embrasures chamfered. Wings have 2-storey canted bay
windows with strings and parapets. Central door with 4-centred arch and 2-light
fanlight, hoodmould with lozenge-shaped label stops. Small central gabled dormer with
achievement of royal arms and inscription "RDW Decanus 1799".

Rear also had projecting wings, thus making it originally an H-shaped house; but
(presumably in 1799) a 3-bay range was built in the centre, slightly breaking
forward. The sloping ground means that there is a semi-basement on this front, with
stone steps up to a balcony on the ground floor of the 1799 range, with an ornamental
cast iron balustrade. Cased sashes with glazing bars: central door with French
windows and fanlight with Gothick glazing bars.

Interior. Principal feature of C17 date is an extremely fine oak staircase occupying
most of the east wing: closed string, moulded tail, large vase-shaped balusters and
ball finials on newels. All the ground floor ceilings have C17 moulded plaster
cornices, including cornices to the joists; except for the 2 rooms in the 1799 range,
and for the hall which has dentilled and modillioned cornices (presumably of 1799
date) to its joists: presumably also of 1799 is the wooden hall fireplace with its
tall scrolled consoles, and possibly also the wainscotting, with 4-centred arched
doors to the staircase. The ceiling of the staircase is also C17, with a moulded
roundel in centre, and a frieze of stylised leaves. On the first floor the rooms in
the east wing (one of which has a chimneypiece of circa 1799) are unaltered, both with
simply moulded C17 plaster cornices: the centre was one large room exactly
corresponding to the hall below it, and although this has been divided by later
partitions the moulded plaster ceiling survives: the west wing had 3 rooms (as it does
now, though the partitions have been slightly moved), all with richer moulded cornices
than those in the east wing, and the south one with a moulded roundel in the centre.
North room has a diagonally placed fireplace of C18 date: south room some C17
panelling to dado level.

Listing NGR: SE3146971188

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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