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Latitude: 53.2135 / 53°12'48"N
Longitude: -1.6798 / 1°40'47"W
OS Eastings: 421478
OS Northings: 368541
OS Grid: SK214685
Mapcode National: GBR 57S.G44
Mapcode Global: WHCD7.5HB9
Plus Code: 9C5W687C+C3
Entry Name: Old House Museum Including Mounting Block
Listing Date: 20 April 1954
Last Amended: 5 December 1997
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1247512
English Heritage Legacy ID: 468132
Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire, DE45
District: Derbyshire Dales
Civil Parish: Bakewell
Built-Up Area: Bakewell
Traditional County: Derbyshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire
Church of England Parish: Bakewell All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Derby
SK2168 CUNNINGHAM PLACE
831-1/4/92 (West side)
20/04/54 Old House Museum including mounting
(Formerly Listed as:
Cunningham Place (Old House Museum))
House, extended and altered to form various dwellings, now
local history museum. C16 and C17, possibly of earlier origin
and with later additions and alterations. Rubble limestone
with sandstone dressings; stone slate roof. Irregular H-shaped
plan with earliest range forming left cross wing.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Large quoins. Left gable has restored,
mullioned and transomed 3-light window; 2-light mullioned
window to first floor and small opening above.
Gabled 2-storey porch to right of cross wing has quoined
doorway with elongated lintel; 2-light window over. Central
recess with 2 multi-paned iron casements to each floor;
lower-right window has arched lintel.
Right cross wing: two 2/2 sashes to each floor; C19 punched
stone surrounds, shaped kneelers and gable copings. Set back
to right is a side wing with door and with 2/2 sash to each
floor; stone end stack with rounded cap. Left return of right
cross wing has a blocked 2-light mullioned window to each
floor; mounting block against wall. A corniced ashlar stack
with brick shaft rises from left of valley near the porch.
Left return (of left cross wing): projecting side wing lit by
2-light mullioned windows. Cross wing has doorway and
multi-paned casement beneath restored 2-light mullioned
INTERIOR: central range with large rear-wall fireplace having
splayed ashlar reveals, keeping holes and arched timber
lintel; various ceiling beams; C20 staircase in original stair
turret to left of the fireplace.
Left cross wing: ashlar fireplaces on both floors and a
timber-framed partition which rises through 2 floors and has
triangular-headed doorways and some original wattle and daub
infill. Oak beams, oak floorboards and exposed roof timbering:
principal-rafter truss with collar, single purlins with wind
Room to rear with small C18 corniced ashlar fireplace. Over
centre range is another ashlar fireplace and against the right
cross wing an oak partition with fragment of a
To rear-left corner of right cross wing is an oak-framed
doorway giving access to a garderobe.
Central ground-floor room of right cross wing with C19 cottage
features; arched cellar to rear.
HISTORY: a complex house thought to have evolved from a
medieval hall and cross wing, the latter possibly underbuilt
c1535 to provide a "competant dwelling house" as detailed in a
1534 lease from The Dean and Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral to
Ralf Gell of Hopton. In 1777 Sir Richard Arkwright leased the
house from Philip Gell and converted it into 6 dwellings for
mill employees; one of the cottages demolished mid C20,
remnants attached to left cross wing.
(Bakewell and District Historical Society: Old House Museum,
Bakewell: 1984-; Journal of The Bakewell and District
Historical Society: Meeke E R: 1984-: 11-30).
Listing NGR: SK2147868541
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