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Higher Hill Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tockholes, Blackburn with Darwen

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Latitude: 53.6986 / 53°41'54"N

Longitude: -2.5199 / 2°31'11"W

OS Eastings: 365769

OS Northings: 422585

OS Grid: SD657225

Mapcode National: GBR BTVN.7W

Mapcode Global: WH977.898F

Plus Code: 9C5VMFXJ+C2

Entry Name: Higher Hill Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 November 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1241536

English Heritage Legacy ID: 440642

Location: Tockholes, Blackburn with Darwen, BB3

County: Blackburn with Darwen

Civil Parish: Tockholes

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Darwen St Cuthbert with Tockholes

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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4/65 Higher Hill Farmhouse

Large farmhouse, C17, with some C19 alterations. Sandstone rubble with quoins,
stone slate roof with gable copings and kneelers, one chimney on the right at
the junction of the 1st and 2nd bays, a smaller chimney behind the ridge at
the junction of the 2nd and 3rd, and another at the front left corner. F-plan:
3 bays with projecting wing to the front of the 1st bay and projecting porch
at the junction of the 1st and 2nd bays, 2 storey outshut to rear. Two and
a half storeys, presenting 2 gables to the front: gabled 2-storey porch with
oversailing upper floor has a segmental-headed moulded doorway in a surround
of dressed blocks with a moulded cornice, a moulded datestone surround rising
from this (now containing a carving), a 3-light window at 1st floor and a
blocked round-headed light in the gable, which has kneelers. Some windows
have been replaced with C19 sashes, but there are original windows, mostly
with hollow-moulded mullions, chamfered surrounds, and hoodmoulds, in all
walls: wing has a blocked round-headed light and a 2-light window at ground
floor and another in the attic, a hoodmould to a blocked window in the re-entrant
with a single light above, and a 2-light window on each floor of the return
wall; there are blocked attic windows with hoodmoulds in both gables of the
main range; and in the rear wall a king-mullioned window of 3+3 lights, a
2-light firewindow; and a 3-light window on each floor of the 1st bay.
Otherwise, the principal external features of interest are a complete garderobe
at 1st floor of the return wall of the wing, and a stone at 1st floor of the
right gable wall lettered "RW" (= Ralph Walmsley?). Interior: housepart in
2nd bay has 2 lateral beams with ovolo moulding, parlour in 1st bay has
Tudor-arched stone fireplace with chamfered surround, and is now opened out
to include the whole of an original stone staircase which has ΒΌ-turns to
left and to right, the latter supported on a moulded stone corbel, the former
passing the restored single-seat garderobe. History: home of the Walmsleys,
yeomen, who bought the Ryal estate in 1660: house is very similar to Ryal
farmhouse (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SD6576922585

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