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Latitude: 50.2554 / 50°15'19"N
Longitude: -5.1871 / 5°11'13"W
OS Eastings: 172911
OS Northings: 44347
OS Grid: SW729443
Mapcode National: GBR Z6.02JL
Mapcode Global: FRA 080C.50R
Entry Name: Higher Whitehall
Listing Date: 3 February 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1140977
English Heritage Legacy ID: 63100
Location: Chacewater, Cornwall, TR16
Civil Parish: Chacewater
Built-Up Area: Redruth
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Mount Hawke with Mithian
Church of England Diocese: Truro
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4/42 Higher Whitehall
House. C18, remodelled and extended early C19. Painted render over rubble with
slatehanging to gable end right and to exposed part of south gable end of wing. Dry
Delabole slate roofs to south and east with rendered brick chimneys over gable ends,
hipped grouted scantle slate roof over slate-hung stair turret in angle to rear and
C20 flat roof over extension adjoining turret to west. originally probably 2-room
plan plus stair turret plus kitchen wing to rear attached to north east corner, 1-room
extension, possibly truncated, to left end (west) and further parallel service rooms
to rear and finally C20 extension to right of rear wing. 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3-
window front plus 1-window addition to left south front. All 16-pane hornless sashes.
3-window original part, right has central doorway and porch with glazed French doors
and sidelights. Projecting keystones over ground floor window openings. Wing and
rear have 16-pane sashes. Intersecting glazing to pointed arched stair window.
Interior has much detail of the early C19 period including open-well open-string
stair with wreathed handrail over newel, moulded and carved ceiling band with acanthus
over stair, ceiling band with trailing rose to right front room, moulded architraves
with corner blocks to most openings, moulded architraves, panelled doors and window
shutters. Tapered on plan chimney breast between right-hand room and wing contains
fireplace now blocked. Further circular fireplace or possibly oven now blocked in
east wall of right room to left of surviving fireplace.
This house is said to have been the home of the Hornblowers. Eminent and successful
engineers of the family were: Joseph Hornblower (partner of Thomas Newcomen in 1725-
45) and sons Jonathan, Josiah and Jabez. Jabez Hornblower was involved in a
controversial court case over one of James Watt's patents. (HISTORY OF GWENNAP by CC
Listing NGR: SW7291144347
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