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Latitude: 54.5476 / 54°32'51"N
Longitude: -1.6333 / 1°37'59"W
OS Eastings: 423818
OS Northings: 516991
OS Grid: NZ238169
Mapcode National: GBR KH1V.6L
Mapcode Global: WHC5N.WYFL
Entry Name: Thornton Hall
Listing Date: 6 June 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1121221
English Heritage Legacy ID: 110829
Location: High Coniscliffe, Darlington, DL2
Civil Parish: High Coniscliffe
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Coniscliffe
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ 21 NW HIGH CONISCLIFFE B6279 (Staindrop Road)
(North side, off)
5/106 Thornton Hall
Manor house now farmhouse. Front range c.1550 for Ralph Tailbois; c.1630 rear
range for Sir Francis Bowes; C18 and c.1880 alterations and additions. Coursed
rubble. Ridged concrete tiles and Welsh slates. Stone chimneys. Hall and
projecting cross wing to right (left cross wing has been removed). 2-storey
extruded porch at right of hall. Added right rear range. Narrower rear
extension at left. Small c.1880 one-storey addition to left of hall block.
Front range: 2 storeys plus attics; gabled hall and cross wing, both 2 bays
wide; porch at junction. Porch has bolection-moulded doorway, sash and parapet
with blank shields and gargoyles. Blocked round-headed light on left return of
porch. First-floor sashes in moulded C18 surrounds, blocked in end bays.
3-light, partly-blocked mullioned windows, with arched heads under hoodmoulds,
in attics. Embattled parapet at left and between gables. Steeply-pitched roof
with coped gables. Corniced left end stack. Tall stack on valley to right.
3-storey right return of 2 builds with straight joint. Wider 2-bay front
section: bolection-moulded doorway with pulvinated frieze and scrolled pediment;
sashes and blocked cross windows in architraves, all but one under scrolled
pediments; steeply-pitched roof behind parapet. 2-bay later rear section:
3-light mullioned-and-transomed windows, mostly part-blocked or sashed; floating
cornices over with centres forming triangular pediments on ground floor and
semicircular pediments on first floor; 4-pane light in eared architrave below
eaves; low-pitched roof.
Irregular left return: behind gable end of hall range is another gabled extension
with chamfered window surrounds; main rear range has blocked or sashed 2- and
3-light mullioned windows, some with transoms.
Twin-gabled, 3-storey rear has blocked or sashed 2-light mullioned windows and
cross windows; low-pitched 2-span roof.
One-storey, 2-bay c.1880 addition, on left of hall block, has sashes and a
Interior: ground-floor hall (now kitchen and passage) has c.1550 chamfered
oak beams with Flamboyant carving and cyphers referring to Ralph Tailbois.
Early C18 panelling in ground-floor room at right. Mid C17 open-well staircase
with closed string, bold turned balusters and moulded handrail; possibly late
C17 columnar newel posts linking flights. First-floor subdivided bedroom has
damaged late C16 plaster ceiling with intersecting ribs, fleurs-de-lys, shells
and the Tailbois coat of arms. Front attic has plaster floor, studded partition
wall and Tudor-arched wood door lintel with initials of Ralph Tailbois.
Late C19 single-storey wing on left of front range is not of special interest.
(G.A. Fothergill, "Thornton Hall", Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries
of Newcastle-on-Tyne, Volume III, No. 3, 1908).
Listing NGR: NZ2381816991
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