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Latitude: 53.6464 / 53°38'46"N
Longitude: -2.0853 / 2°5'7"W
OS Eastings: 394457
OS Northings: 416652
OS Grid: SD944166
Mapcode National: GBR FVW8.BM
Mapcode Global: WHB8R.YM50
Entry Name: Windy Bank
Listing Date: 2 January 1967
Last Amended: 23 April 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1068536
English Heritage Legacy ID: 213343
Location: Rochdale, OL15
Electoral Ward/Division: Littleborough Lakeside
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Littleborough
Traditional County: Lancashire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester
Church of England Parish: Littleborough Holy Trinity
Church of England Diocese: Manchester
SD 91 NW
as Windy Bank Farmhouse)
House. "RL 1611" (Robert Lightowlers) and "IBI 1635" (John
Butterworth) on inscribed stones but incorporating a timber-
framed structure possibly of early C16 origin. Hammer-
dressed stone with graduated stone slate roof. 3-unit
hearth-passage plan with wing to rear. Quoins and
projecting plinth. 4-bay elevation, the door in bay 2 with
C19 surround. 3, 2, 6 and 6-light double-chamfered mullion
windows with hoodmoulds. 3, 3, 6 and 6-light similar on the
first floor. 3 unequal coped gables with finials.
Gargoyles. Ridge and gable chimney stacks. Bay 1 was
rebuilt at a later date than the rest of the house, the
early timber-framed structure having been removed rather
than incorporated within the new stonework. The rear wing
(1611) predates the stonework of the main range (1635 and
later) and was formerly a free-standing single-cell house
before being linked to the main range in mid C17. It has a
door (now window) with 4-centred arch lintel, various 2, 3,
4 and 5-light double-chamfered mullion windows with
hoodmoulds, a C20 porch and a C20 lean-to garage which
obscures a gable chimney stack. Rear of main range partly
obscured by C19 extension. Interior: arched and moulded
fire surrounds to parlour and room above, with recessed and
enriched spandrels. Chamfered beams with stepped stops.
Remnants of former timber-framed structure include 2 collar
and tie-beam roof trusses which are diagonally braced to
posts, and a king-post roof truss over the hall which was
probably open to the roof. All the tie-beams are cambered.
The 1611 wing retains a bread oven within the gable stack, a
roof truss with diagonal struts, and an original boarded
door. Apart from a distinctive facade the house
incorporates several important features including the rare
survival of parts of a timber-framed open-hall-house and an
early single-cell house. H. Fishwick, History of Rochdale,
Listing NGR: SD9445716652
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