Description: Morthen Hall
Date Listed: 29 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 335738
OS Grid Reference: SK4788689476
OS Grid Coordinates: 447886, 389476
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3999, -1.2813
SK48NE WHISTON MORTHEN HALL LANE
8/102 Morthen Hall
Country house. Early C18, wings later. Dressed sandstone, Welsh slate.
Symmetrical facade: main range 2 storeys with attics, 7 bays; lower side
wings, 2 storeys, 3 bays. Main range: plinth, large projecting quoins.
Part-glazed, panelled door in shouldered and eared architrave with rectangular
panel above and segmental pediment. Flanking windows are all sashes with
glazing bars in slightly projecting surrounds with bead-moulded inner arrises
and moulded sills. lst-floor band. Apron panel to central window which has
moulded sill, shouldered and eared architrave, console-shaped keystone and
cornice. Other windows as ground floor. 5-bay pediment, in tympanum oculus
with glazing bars in architrave. Balustrade above outer bays terminating
at die with depressed-scroll brackets. Hipped roof with corniced ashlar
ridge stacks. Wing to left, set back: plinth at ground-floor sill level,
3 sashes with glazing bars in quoined surrounds with flat arches. lst-floor
sill band beneath 3 small 6-pane casements. Cornice. Hipped roof with
elongated corniced ashlar ridge stack. Wing to right: similar but with
margin-light sashes to ground floor, compact ridge stack. Rear: large
round-arched stair window to left of centre has rusticated quoined surround
to large sash with Gothick glazing bars.
Interior: well-preserved, including room to front left with marble fireplace,
Composite pilasters, modillioned cornice and panelled plaster ceiling. Stone-
paved inner entrance hall with archivolts to side doors; wood staircase with
curved iron balusters. Landing with bolection-moulded door surrounds, ornate
Doric frieze. Several other good fireplaces including one to lst-floor rear
right with ogee-arched panel and Blue John inlay. Service stairs with splat
and turned balustrades. Unaltered service wing to left retains original C19
fittings including kitchen ranges and hand pump.
Former home of the Athorpe and Middleton-Carver families. An 1809 inventory
for the house exists. Athorpe Muniments 1544, Sheffield City Library,
Listing NGR: SK4788689476
Source: English Heritage
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