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Michaelchurch Court, Steps and Terrace Walls to Entrance Front

A Grade II* Listed Building in Michaelchurch Escley, County of Herefordshire

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Latitude: 52.0037 / 52°0'13"N

Longitude: -3.0088 / 3°0'31"W

OS Eastings: 330846

OS Northings: 234397

OS Grid: SO308343

Mapcode National: GBR F6.HSC6

Mapcode Global: VH787.SWQV

Plus Code: 9C4R2X3R+FF

Entry Name: Michaelchurch Court, Steps and Terrace Walls to Entrance Front

Listing Date: 29 September 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1224391

English Heritage Legacy ID: 420193

ID on this website: 101224391

Location: Michaelchurch Escley, County of Herefordshire, HR2

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Michaelchurch Escley

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Michaelchurch Escley

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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4/76 Michaelchurch Court,
29/9/52 steps and terrace walls
- to entrance front


House. C16 and early C17, altered and extended c1866 by G F Bodley for
Guy Trafford. Coursed rubble, timber-frame; stone slate roof and rubble
stacks. L-plan: main range has combined entrance and garden front facing
east; cross-wing over cellar projects eastwards from south end of main
range; porch range projects from and masks the great part of the east front
of the main range; one large stack with 2 diagonally-set C20 shafts projects
from the rear side of the main range and a similar one from the south side
of the cross-wing, end stack to north gable of main range. Two storeys and
and attics. Prominent timber-framed 3-gabled porch range on rubble base
has close-stud and quadrant brace decoration. 6:2 windows to main range,
3:1 to porch range and 1:4 to cross-wing, mainly mullioned and transomed
windows with lead quarries in metal casements, except for porch range
which has 2- and 3-light casements on ground and first storey respectively.
Cross-wing: ground storey has 5 lights under late C19 segmental hood; first
storey, 5 smaller lights; gable, 3 lights. Main range and porch range:
blocked entrance now one large light immediately to right of cross-wing,
5-light C19 window, to left of main entrance a 2-light window, to its right
two 2-light C19 casements; first floor has 2-light casement above blocked
entrance, 2-light window, partly obscured by porch a 2-light casement, one
set of casements to each of the 3 bays of the jettied timber-framed upper
portion of the porch range; attic has two 4-light dormers with cambered and
embattled tie-beams beneath gable containing 2 sets of quadrant-braces.
Entrance under south bay of early C17 porch which is flanked by 2 layers
of plank and muntins. Rear elevation has random mullioned and transomed
fenestration, probably mainly late C19 or early C20 apart from 4 evenly
spaced dormers with 3 lights under each gable. Side entrance from north
immediately to rear of porch range through framed oak door frame with 3
chamfered mullions in fanlight over nail-studded 6-panelled C17 door.
Interior: Porch has elaborate plasterwork consisting of interlacing motifs
of grapes and leaves containing the date 1602, the initials MLCEN P,
grotesque face above large chamfered door posts and C19 12-panelled nail-
studded door. Flagged floors. Principal room to left of entrance has C19
panelling; to right is a C17-style dog-leg staircase probably largely C19
rising part a genuine C17. Two-light window in the rear wall. C17 panelling
and fireplace to main front room of cross-wing. To the rear of the cross-
wing is a plastered wall of posts and rails with remains of decorative
floral painting of early C17. Repositioned early C18 door surround in cross-
wing at bottom of C19 staircase. First floor has another C17 panelled room
with contemporary plaster ceiling in cross-wing, a c1800 Dale cast iron basket
grate and 2 conch niches, probably 1930s in the chief room of the main range.
To rear 1930s bathroom with original bath, tiling and heated towel rail.
Broach stop-chamfered beams to landing at junction of cross-wing and main
range with blocked segmental head through timber-framed wall between the
2 parts. Over the porch is close-studded partition; external decorative
quadrant braces are visible on the interior. Attic room of main range is
6 roofing bays long: 3 types of truss: open uncollared triangular; queen
strut to collar from tie-beam; central post from tie to collar; 3 rows of
purlins. Walls and steps to east front are possibly by G F Bodley.

Listing NGR: SO3084634397

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