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Holywell Hall and the West Wing

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brancepeth, County Durham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.7303 / 54°43'49"N

Longitude: -1.6128 / 1°36'46"W

OS Eastings: 425029

OS Northings: 537328

OS Grid: NZ250373

Mapcode National: GBR KF5R.M3

Mapcode Global: WHC4X.6C7H

Entry Name: Holywell Hall and the West Wing

Listing Date: 16 September 1975

Last Amended: 7 December 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120764

English Heritage Legacy ID: 109891

Location: Brancepeth, County Durham, DH7

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Brancepeth

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Brancepeth

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

BRANCEPETH HOLYWELL
NZ 23 NE
(South side)
6/10 Inset Holywell Hall
16/9/75 and The West Wing
(formerly listed
as Holywell Hall)
GV II*

Large house, now 2 dwellings: early-mid C18 main block with probably C16 wing
forms Holywell Hall; C19 rear wing is now separate dwelling called The West
Wing. Coursed sandstone rubble with dressings. Graduated green slate roofs
and C19 stone chimney stacks. The West Wing has rendered walls, Welsh slate
roof and brick chimney stacks.
3-storey, 5-bay main block: roughly-squared quoins and windows grouped 2 + 1 + 2.
Central 2-leaf door in painted, eared stone architrave with pulvinated frieze
and dentilled pediment. Replaced sashes flanking door, 12-pane sashes on
first floor and square, centre-pivoting 6-pane casements above, all with flush
wedge lintels and projecting sills. Steeply-pitched roof has swept eaves and
coped gables with shaped kneelers. External chimney on right return and
transverse end stacks. Left return has old-brick chimney flue and top half
of bullseye window re-used as lintel. Tall one-storey, 3-bay wing at right
has C19 openings with sections of architrave re-used as lintels; central
partly-glazed door, with 8-pane overlight, flanked by 12-pane sashes; steeply-
pitched roof with swept eaves.
2-storey, 4-bay rear wing (The West Wing) has replaced door and sashes,
moderately-pitched roof and ridge stacks.
Interior. Right wing has 2 pairs of heavy adzed upper crucks with lifted
collars and adzed purlins. First-floor gallery in right bay incorporates
re-used timber. Moulded Tudor-arched fireplace with restored jambs on left
gable end. Wide, probably C16 chamfered fireplace on rear of thick left gable
end wall, facing into main block. Ground-floor rooms of main block have heavy
boxed-in ceiling beams. C18 stone fireplace, in eared surround with egg-and-
dart border, in room at left.
The West Wing is included for group value.
Historical note: Holywell is so named because St. Cuthbert's body is believed
to have rested there c.882 on its travels with the Lindisfarne Community who
were evading the Danish raids. From 1402 the Nevilles of Brancepeth Castle
lodged their Constables on this site.


Listing NGR: NZ2502937328

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