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Shell Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Himbleton, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.2355 / 52°14'7"N

Longitude: -2.0717 / 2°4'18"W

OS Eastings: 395200

OS Northings: 259699

OS Grid: SO952596

Mapcode National: GBR 2H2.YWC

Mapcode Global: VHB05.12MM

Entry Name: Shell Cottage

Listing Date: 14 March 1969

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1301732

English Heritage Legacy ID: 147846

Location: Himbleton, Wychavon, Worcestershire, WR9

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon

Civil Parish: Himbleton

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

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Listing Text

SO 95 NE
7/170 (9/42)
Shell Cottage
- II*

House. C15. Timber-framed on lias limestone rubble and brick base,
painted brick and rendered infill, thatched roofs. Open hall of two
framed bays aligned north-west/south-east with later inserted first floor
and sandstone and brick fireplace; the fireplace has a brick ridge stack
and lean-to bread oven which projects from the centre of the south-west
elevation; solar and service bays built as outshuts; the service outshut
has been replaced by a mid-C20 addition. Single storey and attic with
dormer. Framing: mainly two panels from sill to wall-plate; solar outshut
has large swept braces in lower corners; mid-rail and wall-plate on both
sides have traces of diamond mullions indicating the former open hall
had tall windows; north-west gable end has a collar and tie-beam truss
with struts; south-east gable end has a clasped purlin truss with a mantel
beam but no tie-beam (Charles). Main south-west elevation: two C19 windows
on the ground floor and an eyebrow dormer to the upper bay; all windows are
2-light casements; ledged and battened C19 door with gabled canopy on shaped
brackets to right of upper bay. Attic lights in north-west gable end.
Solar outshut has three rectangular C20 lights. Interior: roof has an
intermediate arch-braced open truss and three pairs of matched wind-braces
on both sides; each clasped purlin runs full length of roof (30 feet); all
main roof members are chamfered and, together with the rafters, are all
smoke-blackened. Upper end wall-frame to hall has a central post with
flanking swept braces and on each side a shallow triangular headed doorway
into the solar which has a central partition. A similar doorway at the
centre of the north-west gable end led to a combined buttery and pantry
in the former service outshut. The fireplace has a moulded lintel and
there is a winder staircase at the north-east side of the upper bay. A
probably unique example of a medieval hall in miniature; it may have been
the Dower House to Shell Manor (qv). (F W B with Mary Charles, Conservation
of Timber Buildings, 1984, p 221-3; BoE, p 196).

Listing NGR: SO9520059699

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