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Root Store, Aqualate Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Forton, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7743 / 52°46'27"N

Longitude: -2.335 / 2°20'5"W

OS Eastings: 377498

OS Northings: 319687

OS Grid: SJ774196

Mapcode National: GBR 05P.4GL

Mapcode Global: WH9CS.3JCH

Entry Name: Root Store, Aqualate Hall

Listing Date: 15 October 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506775

Location: Forton, Stafford, Staffordshire, TF10

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford

Civil Parish: Forton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Forton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Description


603/0/10058
15-OCT-09

FORTON
Root Store, Aqualate Hall

GV
II

A root store, dating from the mid-C19.

MATERIALS: Red brick with a red clay tile roof.

DESCRIPTION: The root store stands against the outside west wall of the kitchen gardens, readily accessible to the Hall's kitchen. It comprises an open upper part with a tiled roof with sawn, king-post trusses, supported on one side on the kitchen garden wall, and on the other on five brick piers. These have rounded corners, stone cushion capitals and at their bases are separated from one another by round-topped stone sills. This upper part may have been used to store hay or straw, which would have provided added insulation. Beneath, and reached by a sunken passageway, is a series of four arched brick vaults, each a metre or so high, providing cool, dark storage space for root vegetables.

HISTORY: The building's construction is not documented; on architectural grounds, a mid-C19 date is likely. It appears in its current form on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1879. It was still in its original use in 2008. The root store forms part of an unusually full set of historic estate buildings surrounding Aqualate Hall.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The root store at Aqualate Hall is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* As an unusually good, and well-detailed, example of a once-commonplace type of horticultural building which forms an adjunct to the walled garden at Aqualate
* As part of a particularly full and architecturally interesting set of estate buildings to one side of Aqualate Hall, which is listed at Grade II*.

Reasons for Listing

The root store at Aqualate Hall is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* As an unusually good, and well-detailed, example of a once-commonplace type of horticultural building which forms an adjunct to the walled garden at Aqualate Hall;
* As part of an unusually full and architecturally interesting set of estate buildings to one side of Aqualate Hall, which is listed at Grade II*.

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