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Ashlar House and Ashlar Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Fence, Lancashire

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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

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1243453

English Heritage Legacy ID: 186313

Location: Higham-with-West Close Booth, Pendle, Lancashire, BB12

County: Lancashire

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

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Listing Text

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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