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Clay House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Elland, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.6894 / 53°41'21"N

Longitude: -1.8539 / 1°51'13"W

OS Eastings: 409748

OS Northings: 421445

OS Grid: SE097214

Mapcode National: GBR HTHS.F6

Mapcode Global: WHC9T.HJFJ

Plus Code: 9C5WM4QW+PF

Entry Name: Clay House

Listing Date: 24 January 1968

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1184835

English Heritage Legacy ID: 338508

Location: Greetland and Stainland, Calderdale, HX4

County: Calderdale

Electoral Ward/Division: Greetland and Stainland

Built-Up Area: Elland

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Greetland and West Vale St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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House now used as a museum, clinic, meeting hall and flat. C1650 for John Clay.
Dressed stone to south front with finer ashlar to return wall of east wing and
hammer-dressed to return wall of west wing and rear. Stone slate roof. Of unusual
plan; it has a 4-roomed front with 4 identical gables; there are 2 entrances mullioned
and transomed windows with king-mullion to both floors of 16 lights except the thin
bay which has 26-light window to main hall or housebody, with 20-light window over.
Cross windows over each doorway which have cambered dripmoulds with circular stops and
shaped architraves with decorated lintels. All gables have stepped attic window of
3 lights with arched heads, copings and finial to apex. Continuous round building is
a weathered plinth and string course, with cavetto section, over ground floor windows.
First floor windows have hoodmoulds over with heart shaped stops to the front range
and circles to the rear. Rear has 4 gables with kneelers surmounted by ball finial.
and some double chamfered mullioned windows. At the north-east corner of the house is
the kitchen; this has a large gable stack, and a drain spout projects from the east
will at floor level. Several other stacks, but main hall stack runs on horizontal
ridge parallel with south front at junction of third bay with east wing on a line with
main entry door which leads straight into much altered hall, c.1873.

Interior: Hall is lit by windows on both south and north and is open to first floor
with gallery on 3 1/2 sides approached by a stair which is close strung with turned
balusters and a moulded band-rail. Large fireplace which has depressed arch, moulded
jambs and lintel with spiral termination. Hall retains some original doors of 2 panels
with round heads and ogee heads. Stone reset reads 'IMC 1661', Hall window has painted
panel with clay coat of arms and 'IMC 1675'. Etched in glass are the lines:-

'Where e'er she treads the blushing Flowrs shall rise
and all things prosper where she turns her Eyes.'

The house originally may have been designed as two dwellings. John Clay dies in 1654
leaving to Margaret, his son's widow £10 a year and the east end of the 'newly builded
house'. Hunter, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol. 2 (1873) P.129. L. Ambler,
'The Old Halls and Manor Houses of Yorkshire' (London 1913) p.22, 89. No Pevsner,
'Yorkshire West Riding' (1979) p.626, A.T. Longbotham, H.A.S. (1934). A. Comfort
'Ancient Halls in and about Halifax' (1912), 4.

Listing NGR: SE0974821445

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