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Latitude: 53.4066 / 53°24'23"N
Longitude: -2.769 / 2°46'8"W
OS Eastings: 348976
OS Northings: 390254
OS Grid: SJ489902
Mapcode National: GBR 9Y31.BJ
Mapcode Global: WH87B.FMPR
Plus Code: 9C5VC64J+MC
Entry Name: Old Hall Farmhouse
Listing Date: 9 June 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1253242
English Heritage Legacy ID: 436397
Location: Rainhill, St. Helens, L35
County: St. Helens
Civil Parish: Rainhill
Built-Up Area: Prescot
Traditional County: Lancashire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Merseyside
Church of England Parish: Rainhill St Ann
Church of England Diocese: Liverpool
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 13/06/2012
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Old Hall Farmhouse
Former Great Hall, converted to farmhouse and now derelict. C14-C19: north wing has
front of c1600 contains east end upper room of c1350 (formerly used as a chapel);
south-east outshut block of c1600 links north wing to south-west C19 rectangular addition.
C14 work coursed ashlar; C17 Flemish bond brick with stone quoins and details, C19 coursed
ashlar. Stone slate and Welsh slate pitched roofs. Symmetrical C17 north front has central
gabled entrance of 2 storeys breaking forward from 2 storey elevation. Massive stone quoins
and moulded string course at first floor level separates Flemish bond brick from C14 coursed
ashlar undercroft. Round-headed central entrance of dressed stone with altered 1st floor
and attic storey windows above. Original C17 7-light mullioned and transomed window
survives to upper floor of right bay, otherwise all fenestration scattered later insertions.
East gable has C17 5-light mullioned and transomed window with C19 inserted door to upper
storey, south elevation has 5-light transomed and mullioned window 1st storey, 4 light
inserted C17 mullioned window to C14 undercroft. Moulded floor course rises one course to
left of inserted door adjacent to junction with south-east C17 outshut which has catslide
roof. Single storey south elevation has 4-light mullioned window. South-west C19 2-storey
symmetrical front of 5 bays with central entrance. All windows 4-pane vertical sashes in
flat-faced monolith surrounds with projecting cills and keystones paired to each storey bays
1,2,4,5. Rear eastern elevation plain with one C19 upper window and added porched entry.
Interior of north wing contains C17 staircase to upper floor from entrance. The c1350 roof
timbers survive in 5 bays of the interior. Raised crunk with curved and braced collars with short struts above. No ridge piece, rafters meet above upper purlin. Central purlin braced
above and below principal rafters, with shaped braces forming quatrefoil panels containing
three rafters per square. Moulded wall plate and collar braces. The manor, of which the
Great Hall survives in part in this farmhouse, was originally an extensive sequence of
buildings built round a courtyard on a moated site, none of which survives intact. Included
in the listing are the C17 north front gate piers and wall. Archaeological Survey of
Merseyside, Merseyside County Museums File ref 4890/1; VCH Lancashire IV,370.
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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