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Kingsbridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Cradley, County of Herefordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1198 / 52°7'11"N

Longitude: -2.3952 / 2°23'42"W

OS Eastings: 373038

OS Northings: 246905

OS Grid: SO730469

Mapcode National: GBR 0FK.182

Mapcode Global: VH92X.FZMB

Entry Name: Kingsbridge

Listing Date: 12 April 1973

Last Amended: 20 May 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1082249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 151171

Location: Cradley, County of Herefordshire, WR13

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Cradley

Built-Up Area: Westfield

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Cradley

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Summary

C17 cottage with C18, C19, C20 and C21 alterations and additions. The C20 and C21 additions are excluded from the list entry.

Description

C17 cottage with C18, C19, C20 and C21 alterations and additions. The C20 and C21 additions are excluded from the List entry.

MATERIALS: the house is constructed of timber-framed square panelling with plastered infill panels. It is built on a brick plinth and has a plain clay tile roof. The windows are a mixture of Crittall and timber casements.

PLAN: a rectangular building with an off-centre cross passage and a heated room to the west end.

EXTERIOR: the two-storey principal (north) elevation has square-panelling. The entrance is flanked by a Critall casement window to the ground and first floors. There are no windows to the west bay. The west end cavity wall is faced in rubble stone and has an external gable-end stack. The rear (south) elevation is timber framed with square panelling and has a series of five, two-light timber casements to the first floor. To the ground floor is a central timber casement window, to the left of which is a small, lean-to extension with French doors. The side (east) elevation of the main house has a square-panelled timber frame and three timber casement windows. To the gable is evidence of the roof structure with has a cambered tie beam, with three vertical struts supporting the collar above with vee-struts to the principal rafters.

INTERIOR: to the east of the cross passage is a mid-C20 timber staircase and a cloakroom, to the west is a partition wall with two C20 doorways providing access to the living room. The living room has square panelling to its east and north walls. There are two flat-chamfered ceiling beams to the east end of the living room, which appear to be C17. To the south wall there is some timber-framing to its east end, which has been opened up to provide access to the dining room extension. Part of the south wall at the west end has been removed to accommodate the lean-to addition with French doors. To the first floor the cambered tie beams and vertical struts of the two central roof trusses form the partition walls to the bedrooms. Between the roof trusses, a mid-C20 partition wall has been inserted to create a corridor which provides access to the bedroom at the east end. To the attic, are the collar and vee-struts of two of the C17 roof trusses, one of which is smoke blackened. The upper section of the truss in-between has been replaced, and consists of a collar, but no vee-struts. The king-post roof truss to the west end is mid-C20.

Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’) it is declared that the following are not of special architectural or historic interest:

The mid-C20 porch to the principal (north) elevation.
The mid-C20 two-storey extension to the west end.
The mid-20 flat-roofed single-storey extension between the angle of the main house and the mid-C20 cross wing at the rear.
The mid-C20, two-storey cross-wing to the rear, and the attached late-C20 conservatory at its south end.
The mid-C20 lean-to extensions to the east end.

History

Kingsbridge appears to have been built in the C17 as a two-storey, cross-passage, timber-framed house with the service end to the east and the hall to the west. The difference in the framing to the west end, including to the wall-plate which has been raised, suggests that the west bay was added in the C18. The house is depicted on the 1st (1887) and 2nd (1904) edition Ordnance Survey maps as this rectangular building with a parallel rectangular extension to its rear (south). The building was extended in the mid-C20. This included a two-storey extension to the west end which involved the rebuilding of the west gable of the timber-framed range; the addition of a single-storey, flat-roofed extension to the rear elevation; the replacement of the C19 rear extension with a two-storey cross-wing; the addition of lean-tos to the east side of the cross-wing; and the addition of a porch. In the late C20 a conservatory was added to the south end of the cross-wing. The interior of the house underwent some modernisation in the 1950s.

Reasons for Listing

Kingsbridge, a C17 timber-framed house, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: it is a good example of a C17 house that employs local timber-framed building traditions;
* Intactness: despite some alteration, the building retains a significant proportion of its historic fabric including much of its timber framing, chamfered ceiling beams and two complete roof trusses.

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