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Benthall Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Alberbury with Cardeston, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.7199 / 52°43'11"N

Longitude: -2.8977 / 2°53'51"W

OS Eastings: 339462

OS Northings: 313965

OS Grid: SJ394139

Mapcode National: GBR BB.1P9J

Mapcode Global: WH8BK.GWCP

Plus Code: 9C4VP492+XW

Entry Name: Benthall Farmhouse

Listing Date: 18 March 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1366881

English Heritage Legacy ID: 258906

Location: Alberbury with Cardeston, Shropshire, SY5

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Alberbury with Cardeston

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Alberbury

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Farmhouse. Dated 1660 with early C18 and C19 alterations and additions.
Red brick with dressed red sandstone plinth; hipped slate roof. T-plan
with additions to east. 3 storeys. Chamfered stone plinth, plat bands
(upper one moulded) and shaped joist ends; external brick end stack to
north-east with toothed brick course to set back top stage, external
lateral brick stack to south-west with toothed brick course to set back
top stage, short pitched-roof link to attic, and external brick end
stack to north-west with datestone: 1660
toothed brick course to set back G
top stage and short slate-hung T H
pitched-roof link to attic. South-east (entrance) front: 2:1 bays
(formerly 2:2 bays - see blocked windows to right), projecting wing to
left; refenestrated in C18 with segmental-headed windows replaced by
straight-headed glazing bar sashes (also some C19 four-pane sashes)
with exposed boxes and segmental relieving arches (former C17 window
heads); ground-floor 2-light wooden casement to right with segmental
relieving arch; blind windows in return of wing; C19 hipped-roof brick
and timber porch in angle with half-glazed door and half-glazed panelled
front door behind. One-storey wing to right with dentil brick eaves
cornice. South-west front. 3:1 bays divided by stack; refenstrated with
C18 glazing bar sashes, blackings and other alterations; second-floor
2-light wooden casements, one blocked and second from left blind and
rendered; right-hand bay with blind window; probably early C19 door
replacing former segmental-headed window in second bay from left with
6 panels (lower 2 flush and top 4 raised),moulded architrave, and
lead-covered bracketed flat hood. Probably C18 two-storey addition
projecting to left with ground-floor 2-light casement and first-floor
glazing bar sash to north, plat band, and probably altered mono-pitch
roof. One storey C19 kitchen block in angle at rear with integral brick
end stack. Interior: C17 with c.1700 alterations; dining room: C18
raised and fielded panelling with dado rail, moulded cornice, and
6-panelled door; drawing room: C18 fireplace with lugged architrave
and moulded cornice, and wainscot panelling; c.1660 dog-leg staircase
with closed string, turned balusters, moulded handrail, and square newel
post with finial; bedrooms: one with C17 panelling and C18 bolection-
moulded fireplace surround; one with C18 bolection-moulded wainscot
panelling, fireplace surround, and doors; one with C17 chimney-piece
consisting of Ionic colonnettes flanking fireplace, overmantel with
pilasters dividing lugged panels, and frieze and moulded cornice; second
floor with boarded doors. "G/T.H" are the initials of Thomas Griffiths
and his son Henry. It has been suggested (Forrest) that the house was
formerly L-shaped with an entrance to the east and that the house was
altered to its present condition c.1700 by Henry Biggs when the entrance
was moved and a new dining room added with a bedroom over. It is suggested
that the apparent similarity in the brickwork is due to the reuse of materials.
V.C.H., vol VIII, pp. 191-2; H. E. Forrest, Some old Shropshire houses and
their owners,(1924), pp. 47-51.

Listing NGR: SJ3946213965

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