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Lower House Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire,

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Latitude: 52.0207 / 52°1'14"N

Longitude: -3.0096 / 3°0'34"W

OS Eastings: 330819

OS Northings: 236287

OS Grid: SO308362

Mapcode National: GBR F6.GS4B

Mapcode Global: VH787.SGBS

Plus Code: 9C4R2XCR+75

Entry Name: Lower House Farmhouse

Listing Date: 12 November 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267209

English Heritage Legacy ID: 419356

Location: Michaelchurch Escley, County of Herefordshire, HR2

County: Herefordshire,

Civil Parish: Michaelchurch Escley

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Michaelchurch Escley

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Lower House Farmhouse


Farmhouse. Possibly C16 or C17, partly recast in late C19 and early C20.
Thick-walled rubble, brick, slate roof, brick stack to left of centre.
Two room central range with lobby entry to left, two-room cross-wing beyond
chimney to left hand side, shallower but wider span right hand cross-wing.
Two storeys to cross-wings; one storey and attic to centre range; 4 windows:
one 2-light C19 casement to left hand side of left cross-wing, two 3-light
late C19 or early C20 casements to right of entrance, one 2-light C19 case-
ment to first floor of left gable, 2 early C20 casements in brick slate
roofed gabled dormers to centre range, shallow 2-light window under label to
right hand gable. Entrances: by early C20 ledged door under slate gabled
canopy to left hand side of centre range; by high double ledged doors to
right hand cross-wing under segmental-headed brick arch. Interior: flagged
floors; stop-chamfered beams to the 2 principal rooms, viz that to front
of left hand cross-wing and that to right of chimney in centre range;
heavy closely-set ceiling joists. Framed oak window with 2 diamond section
mullions and internal C18 (?) hinged shutters to left wall of rear ground
floor room of left cross-wing; similar window with 4 mullions to rear wall
of same room. Principal room to right of chimney has rear window of 2 rows
of 4 small lights divided by deeply chamfered mullions and a transom with
indications of the removal from each light of thin diamond section subsidiary
mullions; C18 ledged door to rear of chimney leads to rear-lit winding newel
stair with oak treads. In rear wall of right cross-wing is a blocked 5-light
untransomed diamond section mullioned oak window retaining its intervening
small diamond section mullions. Roof of left wing has single raking struts
to each truss; purlins are set on edge to front and flat to rear. Interrupted
tie-beam truss around chimney stack on first floor. Despite external frontal
alterations in the last century, the building retains an extraordinary amount
of detail unaltered, major roof spaces not inspected.

Listing NGR: SO3081936287

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