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The Almshouses, and Adjoining Forecourt and Garden Walls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pimhill, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.7281 / 52°43'41"N

Longitude: -2.779 / 2°46'44"W

OS Eastings: 347487

OS Northings: 314779

OS Grid: SJ474147

Mapcode National: GBR BH.18HC

Mapcode Global: WH8BM.8PXF

Entry Name: The Almshouses, and Adjoining Forecourt and Garden Walls

Listing Date: 29 January 1952

Last Amended: 27 November 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1055129

English Heritage Legacy ID: 259142

Location: Pimhill, Shropshire, SY4

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Pimhill

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

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Listing Text

SJ 41 SE side)
SJ 4748 1477
10/81 Nos. 1-14 (consec.),
29.1.52 The Almshouses, and
adjoining forecourt
and garden walls
(formerly listed as
Berwick Almshouses)


Row of almshouses and adjoining walls. Dated 1672, built at the expense
of Sir Samuel Jones. Red brick with plain tile roofs. U-plan around
square courtyard with enclosing wall to south. One storey and attic.
Moulded brick string courses above ground-floor windows, parapeted gable
ends, large full brick gabled eaves dormers with segmental-headed 2-light
wooden casements, and integral brick lateral stacks to rear with pitched-
roofed links to attics and paired diagonally-placed square shafts. Seg-
mental-headed 2-light wooden casements and mainly segmental-headed boarded
doors. North range of 11 windows with door between first and second
windows from left and 2 to right, one early C19 with 6 flush panels and
3-part rectangular overlight; 6 dormers and 2 stacks. The fourth, fifth,
eighth and ninth windows from the left were formerly doorways (see straight
joints beneath). West range of 9 windows with door between fourth and
fifth windows from left; 5 dormers and 3 stacks. The first, fourth,
seventh and eighth windows from the left were formerly doorways (see straight
joints beneath). East range of 9 windows, with door between fourth and
fifth windows from right. 5 dormers and 4 stacks. The first, fourth,
seventh and eighth windows from right were formerly doorways (see straight
joints beneath). Gable ends to front with segmental-headed 2-light wooden
casements, cross windows to ground floor (left-hand ground-floor window
blocked but frame survives). Red brick enclosing wall to south (right-
hand part looks partially rebuilt in mid-C20) with chamfered grey sandstone
coping. Central grey sandstone ashlar gateway with chamfered rustication,
ovolo-moulded elliptical archway with rusticated voussoirs and moulded
imposts, frieze and moulded cornice, and large semi-circular pediment
with globe finial and carved coat of arms in tympanum. Ashlar flanking
walls with chamfered coping, stepped up to gateway with carved scrolls.
Inscription to frieze largely illegible at time of survey (January 1987).
C17 brick walls enclosing gardens at rear, with stepped grey sandstone
coping. The almshouses were founded by Sir Samuel Jones in 1670 for
16 old people, each receiving £10 a year. The inscription on the gateway,
largely illegible at the time of survey is known to read: "These Almshouses
and Chappel were Given / and Endow'd by Sr Samuel Jones Knight / Anno
Domini 1672". The almshouses and chapel (q.v.) stand in the parkland
around Berwick House (q.v.). B.o.E., p. 74, D.H.S. Cranage, An Architect-
ural Account of the Churches of Shropshire. (Shrewsbury Volume), p. 847;
Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire and Shropshire (1900), p. 130.

Listing NGR: SJ4750414764

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