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Alston Old Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Longridge, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7967 / 53°47'48"N

Longitude: -2.5911 / 2°35'27"W

OS Eastings: 361161

OS Northings: 433535

OS Grid: SD611335

Mapcode National: GBR BSBJ.TR

Mapcode Global: WH96M.5TDS

Plus Code: 9C5VQCW5+MH

Entry Name: Alston Old Hall

Listing Date: 8 November 1949

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1072296

English Heritage Legacy ID: 183007

Location: Longridge, Ribble Valley, Lancashire, PR3

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Longridge

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Longridge St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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11/121 Alston Old Hall

House, with timber-framed hall possibly of the early C15th, now clad in
sandstone rubble of the C17th and later and with a slate roof. 2 storeys,
with central hall section of one storey. South front has a cross-wing
at the right-hand end with a large window with plain stone surround on
each floor. To its left is a central section which projects forwards with
a catslide roof. It has a 3-light window with crude mullions and plain
reveals, with a door with plain reveals to its right. To its left is a
bay set back with cement window surrounds. The chimneys are to the right
of the cross-wing and to the left of the central section. At the rear are
2 wings. The western one has a 3-light window with outer chamfer and inner
hollow chamfer on each floor, and a blocked one-light window with round
head on the 1st floor of its west wall. The north wall of the east wing
has a one-light chamfered window on the ground floor and a 4-light window
on the 1st floor with outer chamfer, inner hollow chamfer, and hood.
Interior. The hall remains open to tie beam level and is of 2 unequal bays,
the principal posts being braced to the tie beams. Above the ceiling there
are said to be king posts and smoke-blackened rafters. The front wall is
now to the south of the principal posts, but mortise holes suggest that the
beam they support was a wall plate and not an aisle plate. The southern
post of the spere truss has had its lower part and its brace removed a
now supported on a later firehood bressumer. The upper part of the firehood
has now been removed to form a gallery. At the east end of the north wall
is a timber doorway with ogee head, possibly an entrance to a stair to an
earlier wing on the site of the present cross-wing. The east wall of the
hall is timber-framed, but structurally separate from the adjoining truss
and possibly associated with a C17th rebuilding of the wing. A rare
survival of a medieval timber-framed hall.

Listing NGR: SD6116133535

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