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Latitude: 53.7002 / 53°42'0"N
Longitude: -1.9385 / 1°56'18"W
OS Eastings: 404154
OS Northings: 422640
OS Grid: SE041226
Mapcode National: GBR GTXN.3B
Mapcode Global: WHB8N.6846
Entry Name: Field House
Listing Date: 15 November 1966
Last Amended: 19 July 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1313736
English Heritage Legacy ID: 339179
Location: Calderdale, HX6
Electoral Ward/Division: Ryburn
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Sowerby St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
SOWERBY BRIDGE DEAN LANE
SE 0422 & SE 0522
(west side, off), Sowerby
Field House (formerly
listed on Upper Field
House. 1749 for George Stansfield,probably with later additions. Ashlar, stone
slate roof. Palladian style. Main block of double-pile plan, 2 storeys with base-
ment and 11 bays has short, central rear wing linking it to parallel kitchen range.
South-east (entrance) front: 2:2:3:2:2 bays, outer bays set back and possibly added
later (1845 OS Map shows gap between Field House and Old Hall (qv)), central 3
bays breaking forward under pediment. Rusticated basement and quoins; ground-floor
band. Flight of steps with balustrade leads to central doorway which has C20 part-
glazed door and fanlight in double architrave with pulvinated friezes, cornice
and segmental pediment. Windows are sashes in architraves with corbelled cills,
pulvinated friezes and cornice. Modillion eaves and pediment cornice. In tympanum,
Stansfield coat of arms (3 rams with lion crest) flanked by foliage. Roof hipped
over central block and outer bays. Corniced stacks to ends and ridge. Rear: main
block has 4-light flat-faced mullion windows, transomed on ground floor. Right
return: main block in style of front: 3 bays, central bay breaking forward slightly
under pediment. Plinth: rusticated quoins. Steps up to central door, part-glazed
with etched glass, in architrave of Tuscan columns supporting classical entablature
with blocking course and lion. Windows as front: Modillion eaves cornice. In
tympanum, lion crest and motto "Know thyself". Kitchen range, set back on right,
has a C16 Perpendicular style transomed 5-light pointed-arch window. In front
of this are 2 columns which support a cupola-style bellcote with tripled columns
and finials. These two features were brought from St Peter's Church, Sowerby,
when it was rebuilt in 1762 (Whites p473). The inner courtyard front of the kitchen
range has a doorway on left with 4-light window above and a 9-light window to its
right (partly-blocked) by a brick lean-to) with an ll-light window above, all
windows with flat-faced mullions. Interior of main block: entrance hall: Tuscan
tetrastyle in antis carries full entablature returned around room, fireplace with
C18 eared architrave, foral-decorated panel to frieze, entablature, and later poly-
chromatic tiles and grate within, C18 inner surround; overmantel has swept, eared
architrave with goat standing on keystone. Corridor: lozenge-slated floor; 6-panel
doors in moulded architraves with entablatures; dentil cornice; oval light-well
at right end; fire stair at left end. Stair: curved round with moulded handrail
and stick-on-vase balusters, clustered at curtail; Venetian stair window with etched
glass, Ionic columns and modillion cornice; lst-floor modillion cornice, floral
frieze and central decorative ceiling plasterwork. lst floor: corridor: 6-panel
doors in less-elaborate architraves apart from that to lobby at right end which
has shouldered architrave with console pediment; light-well has balusters as stair
and coved rectangular skylight; cornice. Good fireplaces in front bedrooms.
Interior of kitchen range: left room a barrel-vaulted pantry with stone shelves;
central room has two keyed arched recesses at rear and a stone sink; right room
has three similar recesses with cupboards in outer two and range in central one.
H P Kendall, "Antiquarians at Sowerby. A Pleasant Ramble", Halifax Antiquarian
Society, Vol 1 (1902, Saturday June 7th).
White s Directory, 1847.
Listing NGR: SE0415422639
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