Description: The Almhouses
Date Listed: 1 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 332544
OS Grid Reference: SE4661389843
OS Grid Coordinates: 446613, 489843
Latitude/Longitude: 54.3021, -1.2852
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COWESBY MAIN STREET
(EAST SIDE, OFF)
9/17 THE ALMSHOUSES
Row of 4 almshouses, now one dwelling. Late C17 for Nathaniel, Lord Crewe,
Bishop of Durham; coverted c1980. Tooled coursed squared stone, pantile roof.
Single-storey with attic, 4 cells. Plinth. Two sets of paired chamfered
quoined doorways with triangular soffits to lintels flanked by 2-tight recessed
chamfered mullion windows. Ashlar coping on shaped kneelers with ball finials.
Rebuilt end and central ridge stacks. Rear: a single-tight recessed chamfered
window to each cell, the 2nd from right enlarged to a 2-light window; inserted
central door and skylights. Each return has two recessed chamfered tights to
gables. Interior: chamfered and stop-chamfered spine beams. End fireplaces
with adjacent stone spiral staircases survive, that at right end plastered over,
that at left end with chamfered surround and massive 2-piece lintel. Attic:
large-scantling purlins. The attics of the central almshouses were formerly lit
by dormers and the stacks were corniced (pre-conversion photo held by owner).
The roof originally had coupled common rafters with occasional collars (WYCVBSG
Report). The building has been dated dendrochronologically to 1680+ 9 years
W. Grainge, The Vale of Mowbray: a historical and topographical account of
Thirsk and its Neighbourhood (1859). North Yorkshire and Cleveland Vernacular
Buildings Study Group, Report No. 685.
Listing NGR: SE4661389843
Source: English Heritage
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