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A Grade II Listed Building in Dent, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.2954 / 54°17'43"N

Longitude: -2.4647 / 2°27'52"W

OS Eastings: 369851

OS Northings: 488966

OS Grid: SD698889

Mapcode National: GBR CL7R.6Z

Mapcode Global: WH94C.39LD

Plus Code: 9C6V7GWP+54

Entry Name: Roantree

Listing Date: 18 October 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383934

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484366

Location: Dent, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA10

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

Civil Parish: Dent

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Dent with Cowgill

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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162-1/10/137 (North side)


Small farmhouse with attached shippon and barn, now derelict
and used as animal shelter. Probably later C17 or early C18,
barn added in early C19; altered. Roughly coursed large rubble
with quoins (and now mostly dry-jointed); stone slate roof.
Linear plan on north-west/south-east axis, facing south-west:
a 1-unit house with remains of an earlier 1-bay building to
the left, a 1-bay shippon attached to the right-hand gable and
a 2-bay barn added to that.
EXTERIOR: the house, 2 low storeys and 2 windows, has a
vertical joint at the left corner (where it incorporates the
gable of the earlier building to which it was added), and a
quoined vertical joint to the right (where it integrates the
lintel of the shippon doorway). The ground floor has a
square-headed doorway offset left of centre, with a monolith
lintel and remains of a screen wall or the side of a former
porch to the left; a narrow 1-light window to the left of
this, a small square window to the right and a narrow 1-light
fire-window to the right of that. The upper floor has 2 small
square windows. No chimneys visible externally, but a large
corbelled chimney to the right is visible in the shippon. The
earlier building to the left, one narrow bay and formerly 2
low storeys (plus a lean-to on its left), mostly collapsed,
but the surviving rear wall has a narrow opening at ground
floor and a square opening above. The shippon to the right has
a doorway with a large monolith lintel, and contains original
lateral oak boskins (slightly altered), and with the corbelled
chimney of the house visible in the loft; the added barn has a
doorway offset to the right, slightly reduced in width. Rear:
the house has one narrow 1-light window near each end at
ground floor (that to left a stair-window), and a larger
window above that to the right; the shippon has a loft doorway
and the barn has a square loading window.
INTERIOR: the house, measuring approx. 5x4 metres internally,
has 3 lateral beams: that to the left with joints of a former
wooden partition, that in the centre chamfered and slightly
cambered, and that to the right a former smokehood bressumer
with original bearers; original floor joists (except at the
left end where the ceiling has been removed); an inserted
rectangular fireplace with plain stone surround; a heck to the
left (rear) of this screening the bottom of a narrow
quarter-turn stone staircase, and a rectangular cupboard
recess to the right; white-washed plaster walls and ceiling of
the former dairy in rear left corner; deeply splayed reveals
to the windows (translucent glass in dairy window perhaps
original?); upper floor unpartitioned and unceiled, with
exposed principal-rafter truss.
HISTORICAL NOTE: very similar to Blea Beck (approx. 600m to
south, qv), but in a better state of preservation. An
instructive survival of a type of 1-unit 2-storey farmhouse,
with important implications for the history of the development
of farmhouses in this dale.

Listing NGR: SD6985188966

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