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Lower Court Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Bitterley, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.3933 / 52°23'35"N

Longitude: -2.6471 / 2°38'49"W

OS Eastings: 356064

OS Northings: 277450

OS Grid: SO560774

Mapcode National: GBR BN.QC0S

Mapcode Global: VH845.23GM

Plus Code: 9C4V99V3+85

Entry Name: Lower Court Farmhouse

Listing Date: 29 February 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383658

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484090

Location: Bitterley, Shropshire, SY8

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Bitterley

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Bitterley with Middleton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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SO57NE Lower Court Farmhouse


Farmhouse then 3 houses, now 2 houses. C17, altered C18 and
C19. Stone rubble and brick. Plain-tile roof. Projecting stone
eaves stacks with brick restored star-shaped upper shafts and
caps. L-shaped plan of main range aligned north-south and west
cross wing to rear; one house occupying the 2 gabled wings,
the other occupying the linking bay to rear and a C20
extension to side.
EXTERIOR: 2-storey, attic and cellar. South front has gable
projecting to right and rear cross wing to left. Gable with
5-light C20 casement with top lights, 2-light casement at
attic, and ground-floor C19 projecting entrance porch with
ornate framing incorporating tablet with initials CHRB. Gable
left return side has C19 lean-to covering C20 entrance door
and 2-light casement at first floor. South front of cross
wing: obscured by lean-to to right with 3-light casement, to
left is one C20 3-light casement with top lights to first
floor, to ground floor a C19 3-light casement with top lights
and a further 2-light casement.
East side: central brick panel set between rubble stone
flanking walls. Inset into brick are 2 carved stone tablets;
upper with raised crest, lower with chamfered raised edge and
inscription. Above tablets are set 3 very eroded figured
corbels. At ground-floor centre is projecting C19 open porch
with plain beaded door frame and old boarded nail-studded door
with iron band hinges. To left is first-floor C17
lattice-leaded mullion and transom window, with 2 lower
flanking lights inbuilt with stone and complete window
bricked-in internally, large C20 casement with top lights
below. To right is 2-storey, 2-window range of 3-light
casements and large C20 casements with top lights to far
right. West gable end: oak-framed attic window with chamfered
mullion and reveals. Ground-level covered by C20 single-storey
brick extensions.
Rear to north: 2 large projecting stone stacks with wall
advanced between. In centre 3-light casement with C20 casement
INTERIOR: main range with cellar. Ground-floor structure
consists of extensive deep bridging beams with
quadruple-beaded chamfer-moulds and floor joists with
double-bead with central flute soffit moulding, all possibly
reset. North bay of main range has 2 deep-chamfered bridging
beams with ogee stops at both floors, square-framed internal
cross-frames incorporating chamfered door openings.
First-floor stone fireplace with deep-chamfered mantlebeam and
chamfered reveals. Restored double purlin roofs.
East wall inscription: "ERECTED BY THOMAS HOPTON ESQ AND
1602". Porch tablet initials refer to Sir Charles Henry
Rouse-Boughton of Downton Hall, 1825-1906, the landlord
responsible for many mid C19 modernizations in the district.

Listing NGR: SO5606477450

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