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Description: Hellaby Hall
Date Listed: 1 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 335901
OS Grid Reference: SK5057692271
OS Grid Coordinates: 450576, 392271
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4248, -1.2404
There is also a scheduled monument, Hellaby: a Deserted Medieval Village and Well, Enclosure, Ridge and Furrow and Post Medieval Long House, 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.
BRAMLEY HELLABY LANE
Large house. c1690 for Ralph Fretwell; C18 rear wing; derelict at time of
resurvey. Ashlar limestone facade, otherwise coursed rubble limestone
retaining some original render; pantile roof. 2 storeys with basement and
attic, 5 x 3 bays with lower 2-bay wing to rear left. Plinth, chamfered
quoins. Blocked central door with architrave and keystone, flanking
pilasters over which cornice breaks forward beneath an open segmental
pediment. Flanking bays have blocked windows with aprons rising from plinth,
moulded sills and raised surrounds. 1st floor: band breaks forward beneath
aprons of similar windows as does cornice over; bays 2 and 4 blind, the
others glazed. Attic storey has central 3 windows set in raised strips with
sills and cornices; central window unglazed, others are blind cross windows;
the windows set beneath a coped, shaped gable which rises from large Baroque-
styled kneelers carved with foliated volutes. Hipped roof with side-ridge
stacks having offset plinths and cornices. Rear: twin gables with corniced
attic windows. Right return: cross windows to upper floors with surrounds
linked by strips, eaves cornice. Left return: plainer cross windows survive
to ground floor of bay 3 and upper floor. Wing on left has a bricked cross
window to each floor.
Interior: vandalised and partly gutted by fire at tine of resurvey. Remains
of panelled plaster ceilings, remains of a grand staircase with square newels
and turned balusters. Large, arched fireplaces to rear-left room and to
later kitchen in rear wing. Original interior scheme recorded by RCHM.
Ralph Fretwell made his fortune planting sugar in Barbados from where the
influence of houses built in the Dutch style may be seen in Hellaby.
Braithwell parish registers record that his 2nd daughter Morafe was baptised
on 14th February 1690 at the house of Mr. Eyre in Bramley as Hellaby Hall was
not yet finished. Fretwell died in 1701 and an inventory of his possessions
at Hellaby is published elsewhere (Hey p150-lsl).
D. Hey, Buildings of Britain 1550-1750 Yorkshire, 1981, (pp55-58 and above).
Listing NGR: SK5057692271
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Source: English Heritage
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