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The Old Deanery

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ripon, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1356 / 54°8'7"N

Longitude: -1.5197 / 1°31'11"W

OS Eastings: 431476

OS Northings: 471185

OS Grid: SE314711

Mapcode National: GBR KNTM.S8

Mapcode Global: WHC7V.M9JY

Entry Name: The Old Deanery

Listing Date: 27 May 1949

Last Amended: 19 March 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1150165

English Heritage Legacy ID: 330152

Location: Ripon, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG4

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

Civil Parish: Ripon

Built-Up Area: Ripon

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ripon Cathedral Parish with Littlethorpe

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

1/2 (north side)
The Old Deanery
GV [formerly listed as The
Old Deanery Hotel
(Minster Road)


Mid-C17, altered in 1799 and early or mid C19. Limestone ashlar. Hipped stone slate
roof. Tall brown brick stacks. Two storeys and attics. Three-bay front, flanked by
2 gabled wings, gables with chamfered coping on cut stone kneelers. C19 mullion and
transom windows, mullions and embrasures chamfered. Wings have 2-storey canted bay
windows with strings and parapets. Central door with 4-centred arch and 2-light
fanlight, hoodmould with lozenge-shaped label stops. Small central gabled dormer with
achievement of royal arms and inscription "RDW Decanus 1799".

Rear also had projecting wings, thus making it originally an H-shaped house; but
(presumably in 1799) a 3-bay range was built in the centre, slightly breaking
forward. The sloping ground means that there is a semi-basement on this front, with
stone steps up to a balcony on the ground floor of the 1799 range, with an ornamental
cast iron balustrade. Cased sashes with glazing bars: central door with French
windows and fanlight with Gothick glazing bars.

Interior. Principal feature of C17 date is an extremely fine oak staircase occupying
most of the east wing: closed string, moulded tail, large vase-shaped balusters and
ball finials on newels. All the ground floor ceilings have C17 moulded plaster
cornices, including cornices to the joists; except for the 2 rooms in the 1799 range,
and for the hall which has dentilled and modillioned cornices (presumably of 1799
date) to its joists: presumably also of 1799 is the wooden hall fireplace with its
tall scrolled consoles, and possibly also the wainscotting, with 4-centred arched
doors to the staircase. The ceiling of the staircase is also C17, with a moulded
roundel in centre, and a frieze of stylised leaves. On the first floor the rooms in
the east wing (one of which has a chimneypiece of circa 1799) are unaltered, both with
simply moulded C17 plaster cornices: the centre was one large room exactly
corresponding to the hall below it, and although this has been divided by later
partitions the moulded plaster ceiling survives: the west wing had 3 rooms (as it does
now, though the partitions have been slightly moved), all with richer moulded cornices
than those in the east wing, and the south one with a moulded roundel in the centre.
North room has a diagonally placed fireplace of C18 date: south room some C17
panelling to dado level.

Listing NGR: SE3146971188

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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