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Latitude: 53.8289 / 53°49'44"N
Longitude: -2.2723 / 2°16'20"W
OS Eastings: 382177
OS Northings: 436995
OS Grid: SD821369
Mapcode National: GBR DSK5.V5
Mapcode Global: WHB7X.2170
Plus Code: 9C5VRPHH+H3
Entry Name: Ashlar House and Ashlar Cottage
Listing Date: 29 January 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1243453
English Heritage Legacy ID: 186313
Location: Higham-with-West Close Booth, Pendle, Lancashire, BB12
Civil Parish: Higham-with-West Close Booth
Built-Up Area: Fence
Traditional County: Lancashire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire
Church of England Parish: Fence-in-Pendle St Anne
Church of England Diocese: Blackburn
Stone. Stone slate roof, stone coping with finials at gable and eaves. 3-cell linear plan. Two storeys and three bays. 2 storeyed porch, between first and second bays, with kneelers terminated by tall finials. Two moulded tablets read 1594/Richard/Grimshaw/John Box. Fear God, know thyself/Honor the / Prince NH. Moulded, four-centred arch-headed doorway. One 3-light stone mullion and transom window on first floor. Moulded string at first floor and eaves level. To left of porch are 3-light stone mullion and transom window. To right, plain doorway inserted on large mullion and transom window. 3-lights remain on left. One 5-light window similar. All windows on ground floor have moulded and returned dripstones on first floor. One 3-light, one 6-light and one 5-light window similar. The 6-light window is divided by a broad centre mullion. Some windows have masons marks. Interior has one stone moulded doorway with decorated head. RCHM report short king post truss roof. (45/p152/RCHM).
Listing NGR: SD8217736995
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House, dated 1594, in 2 occupations at time of listing. It may have originated as a Catholic Chapel and dwelling house for a priest, and was known at one stage as the New House within the Forest of Pendle, standing in that part known as the Fence. The House is purported to have been used during the Lancashire witch trials of 1612. Two of the chief protagonists, Old Demdike (Elizabeth Southernes) and Old Chattox (Ann Whittle), were taken there for examination of their evidence by the local Justice, Roger Nowell of Read Hall.
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