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Raby Fold Farmhouse and Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Wrightington, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.6117 / 53°36'42"N

Longitude: -2.7075 / 2°42'27"W

OS Eastings: 353288

OS Northings: 413025

OS Grid: SD532130

Mapcode National: GBR 9VJP.M1

Mapcode Global: WH86D.CHY2

Plus Code: 9C5VJ76R+MX

Entry Name: Raby Fold Farmhouse and Cottage

Listing Date: 4 December 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1361892

English Heritage Legacy ID: 357896

Location: Wrightington, West Lancashire, Lancashire, WN6

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Wrightington

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Wrightington with Heskin St James the Great

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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1283-0/5/10000 Raby Fold Farmhouse
and Cottage


Farmhouse and cottage. Probably later C17, altered in C18 or C19.
Sandstone rubble, mostly coursed, with quoins; slate roofs.
Modified T-plan formed by a 2-unit baffle-entry main range on an
east-west axis, with a small porch-wing in front of the south-
east corner and a rear wing which includes a secondary C17 one-
unit dwelling (the cottage), with a small extension to the end
of this; various alterations (at the junction in particular)
making interpretation of the historical relationship between
these three elements uncertain. Two storeys with attics to both
parts, a 2-window main range facing south with the present
entrance front in the east side. The south facade has a chamfered
plinth and large irregular quoins; two 4-light windows on each
floor, all with recessed cavetto mullions, those at ground floor
with a continuous hoodmould, all except the upper right with
saddle-bars and those to the right at ground floor and to the
left at 1st floor with 8 leaded panes in each light; and the
right-hand jambs of those to the right abutted by the rear wall
of the wing, which on this side is of random rubble not keyed-in
and appears to have been added. Re-built gable chimney to the
right, and a tall chimney at the left corner. The left return
wall (including a rear outshut which appears to be a remodelling
of a formerly gabled wing) has a plain plinth; two 2-light
windows on each floor, mostly with simple slab hoodmoulds, the
lower right blocked with rubble, the upper left with the left
light rendered and broken at the left corner by the slope of the
outshut roof, and the other 2 lacking the mullions; and a
rendered gable showing the outline of a blocked 3-light attic
window. The right-hand return wall, including the small wing, is
of continuously coursed rubble (except the gable of the main
range, recently rebuilt), with a high chamfered plinth, a
slightly Tudor-arched doorway at the left end with chamfered
surround and a c ambered lintel heavily weathered but with
remains of a date "..93"; and an inserted doorway and 2 inserted
windows in the rebuilt gable. The corner of the rear wall has a
2-light mullioned firewindow. The rear wing, in 2 builds of
unequal length, has a 2-light mullioned window with a hoodmould
at ground floor of the shorter 1st portion, then a vertical joint
to the cottage which has quoins to both this and the outer
corner, an inserted doorway to the left, one 3-light sliding
sashed window on each floor, eaves raised by 3 courses, and a
rebuilt gable chimney; its gable wall has a small single-storey
extension, and a very small square window offset to the right at
1st floor; and its west side has a blocked 3-light window with
chamfered brick mullions, and an inserted or altered doorway to
the left with a batten-and-board door inside out and opening
outwards (probably formerly protected by a lean-to). INTERIOR:
many C17 features including: timber-framed partition and rear
walls to the main range; fine-round moulded beams with tongue-
stops, and an inglenook in the housepart with bressummer matching
these; cross-corner chimneys in the parlour and the chamber above
it (the latter with a small C18 or early C19 grate); batten-and-
board doors on both floors, all with fleur-de-lys strap hinges;
and in the rear cottage another inglenook with moulded
bressummer, a large lateral chamfered beam, and a spiral-newel
staircase in the corner to the left of the inglenook, continued
up to attic level.

Listing NGR: SD5328813025

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