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High House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Stafford, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.8063 / 52°48'22"N

Longitude: -2.1172 / 2°7'1"W

OS Eastings: 392194

OS Northings: 323199

OS Grid: SJ921231

Mapcode National: GBR 16X.5HN

Mapcode Global: WHBDT.GQ1H

Plus Code: 9C4VRV4M+G4

Entry Name: High House

Listing Date: 16 January 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1212192

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383989

Location: Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16

County: Staffordshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Forebridge

Built-Up Area: Stafford

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Stafford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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(West side)
Nos.47, 48 AND 49
High House (No.49)


House, now museum and shops. 1595, for John Dorrington;
extensively restored 1976-86 by FWB Charles.
MATERIALS: timber-frame; tile roof with stone and brick stack.
PLAN: E-plan.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attic; symmetrical 5-window range;
each upper floor is jettied on console brackets. Ground floor
has two C20 shopfronts on ashlar plinth; central porch is
reinstated, on ashlar plinth and with open front and side
openings. Upper floors have ovolo-mullioned and transomed
windows, mostly reinstated; all have leaded glazing. 1st floor
has central oriel with 2+2-light bowed window with king
mullion and reinstated balustrade with square balusters,
flanking 3-light windows and end 2+1+2-light windows with king
mullions; 2nd floor has central 2+1+2-light window, flanking
2-light windows and end 1+2+1-light canted oriels; attic has
four 5-light windows with 3 upper lights under gables.
Timber-framing has mostly square panels with decorative ogee
braces, cusping etc. Right return has 2 canted oriels flanking
2-light window to ground, 1st and 2nd floors; 3 gabled windows
to attic. Rear has 2 gabled wings, that to left with
asymmetrical gable, flanking gabled stair wing.
INTERIOR: 2 ashlar fireplaces to ground floor with Tudor
arches and damaged friezes over; stop-chamfered beams;
open-well stair has turned balusters, stop-chamfered square
newels with finials and pendants and moulded handrails. 1st
floor landing has mid C18 wallpaper in Gothick style; corridor
has rectangular flush panelling repainted in original style;
ovolo-moulded beams and timber-framed partition walls; 2
ashlar fireplaces; rear room has surviving pieces of mid C18
wallpaper; room to left end has C20 wallpaper reproducing
design of pieces discovered 2nd floor similar. Attic has 2
roof trusses with timber-framed infill flanking stone stack.
HISTORY: the house is believed to be the largest timber-framed
town house in England; Charles I and Prince Rupert stayed here
in 1642; Izaak Walton, 1593-1683, writer, lived here for many
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Nairn J: Staffordshire:
London: 1974-: 245; Shell Guides: Thorold H: Staffordshire:
London: 1978-: 152; Stafford Borough Council: Ancient High
House: Tour: 1986-; Lambert B: The Preservation of the Ancient
High House: Stafford: 1986-).

Listing NGR: SJ9219923201

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