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Acorn Bank House

A Grade I Listed Building in Temple Sowerby, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6477 / 54°38'51"N

Longitude: -2.5946 / 2°35'40"W

OS Eastings: 361729

OS Northings: 528223

OS Grid: NY617282

Mapcode National: GBR BGBP.2Q

Mapcode Global: WH92K.3FRW

Plus Code: 9C6VJCX4+35

Entry Name: Acorn Bank House

Listing Date: 6 February 1968

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1226225

English Heritage Legacy ID: 423386

Location: Temple Sowerby, Eden, Cumbria, CA10

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Temple Sowerby

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Temple Sowerby St James

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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2(INSET)/113 Acorn Bank House
G.V. I

Large house, taken over by the Crown at the Dissolution, it was bought by the
Dalstons in 1544. The deep chamfered plinth to the north-west corner may date
from the previous owners, the Knights Templar & Hospitaller. The pre C18 work
is coursed, roughly squared blocks, the rest is ashlar. All roofs are of
graduated slate with corniced stone end and mid chimneys. 2-storey west
elevation is late C16. Door with false 4-centred head to either end of 3
central bays; 3-light mullioned window between and 3 above. Wing at each end
has single 2-light mullioned window to each floor. Internally, a spiral stair
with timber and plaster enclosure and 3 original fireplaces have survived. At
the rear of the main house, the west stair wing bears a 1656 datestone; the
Venetian windows are part-rusticated externally with Doric columns internally.
The stairs have cut string with turned balusters and a later, moulded, handrail;
the dog gates at the bottom have been retained. Some C17 heraldic glass. The
central rear wing may be earlier and incorporates part of a newel stair. The
east stair wing is mid C18 with a single Venetian window; internally, at the
head of the later stairs, are paired Ionic columns. The ceiling is Italianate
with decorative panels. Both stairs have pedimented doorcases on each landing.
In the mid C18 the main house was remodelled and extended with a rusticated east
gable wall. Symmetrical 3-storey, 9-bay front has 2nd floor band and moulded
eaves. Central door has segmental pediment and shouldered achitrave; sash
windows have glazing bars and architraves. 2-storeyed, hipped, wings to either
side have trompe l'oeil windows. Internally, large C17 segment-headed,
fireplaces in kitchen and hall; small door to right in kitchen (now blocked) led
into newel stair. Present dining room is fully panelled with vine-leaf and
greek-key decoration; Adam fireplace and overmantel. Other rooms retain C17 and
C18 panelling, fireplaces and cornices. Elaborately carved early C17 overmantel
with Dalston heraldry was moved from hall to 1st floor bedroom in late C20.
Most doors are original, some in shouldered doorcases.

Listing NGR: NY6172028224

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