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Latitude: 53.7529 / 53°45'10"N
Longitude: -1.8024 / 1°48'8"W
OS Eastings: 413127
OS Northings: 428517
OS Grid: SE131285
Mapcode National: GBR HTV1.LF
Mapcode Global: WHC9G.8XZV
Entry Name: High Bentley
Listing Date: 1 November 1956
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1133765
English Heritage Legacy ID: 338970
Location: Calderdale, HX3
Electoral Ward/Division: Northowram and Shelf
Built-Up Area: Bradford
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Shelf St Michael and All Angels
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
SHELF GREEN LANE
SE 12 NW (west side)
1/92 High Bentley
House. Late medieval timber-framed interior belonging to the 2nd half C15
encased in stone 1661 with added rear kitchen wing c.1665 to north. Hammer
dressed stone, stone slate roof. Hall and cross-wings plan of 'U' shape to
south with wings projecting and 'T' shaped to north with rear kitchen Wing of
single cell form. North Elevation will be treated as 3 cells. The 1st cell is
2-storey kitchen wing, 2nd aisle of hall, 3rd cross-wing. Main entry to north is
contained at junction of single storey aisle with kitchen wing and has doorway
with decorative ogee lintel inscribed 'RW 1661' set within a tressure,over is
small lunette. To right are 2 chamfered mullioned windows of 3 lights one with
stepped light with ogee one-piece lintel. Set between in small gable is triple
light formed out of an ogee. Right hand cross-wing flush with hall range has
double chamfered mullioned windows of 2, and 5 lights to ground floor with 4-
light over. Quoins to the angle. Right hand return wall is blind with lateral
stack with quoins. South front has quoins to 2-storey cross-wing and reads from
left: inserted C19 doorway double chamfered mullioned windows of 6 lights with
hoodmould and stepped light of 2/4 lights with hoodmould in gable. Right hand
return wall has lintel for former 2-light window now forming doorway (blocked).
Over is complete 2-light window with hoodmould and coped gable with kneeler
(remaining on left hand side only). This abuts on to single storey hall range
which has 12-light mullioned and transomed window (with inserted doorway
occupying 3 lights) with hood over. 3-light window (to right of central truss
in hall, probably lighting fire area). Outermost bay has C19 doorway taken out
of mullioned window of which 3 lights remain over is 4-light window, shorter and
of different character (lacking central mullion). Leanto porch built onto
projecting wall which has quoins of cross-wing (now gone). Large central stack
of ashlar to ridge. Porch protects Cl7 doorway with square lintel, chamfered
surround and stops. 2-storey kitchen wing at right angles to main entry has 2-
light fire window and 5-light double chamfered mullioned window and 4-light
window to 1st floor. Coped gable with kneelers, gable stack.
Interior: Single aisled hall of 2½ bays of which the ½ bay at the upper end of
the hall was occupied by dais canopy. Evidence for former firehood. 2-bay
cross-wing is comtemporary with hall, central truss has been moved further along
wall plate. Dais canopy sprang from a brattished rail pegged to the e. wall of
cross-wing. Service bay is hipped. The aisle is partitioned off from the nave
but open in the hall. In C17 a kitchen wing was added at right angles to
service bay, destroying medieval aisle and remainder of building in stone
firehood replaced by present stack with decorative lintel inscribed 'RW, IW'.
over which was fine plasterwork. This house is very important as it is the only
complete Yorkshire aisled hall which retains both its service and solar wings in
timber framing. The stone casing is of high quality. It was a large hall to a
shrunken medieval settlement the platforms of which are still visible in the
field immediately to the north. N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding (London
1967), p.481. R. C. N. Thornes, West Yorkshire "A Noble Scene of Industry"
(Wakefield 1981), p.12. Lister Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society,
Listing NGR: SE1312728517
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