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Bath-house at Lower Soughton Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Northop, Flintshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2031 / 53°12'11"N

Longitude: -3.127 / 3°7'37"W

OS Eastings: 324818

OS Northings: 367924

OS Grid: SJ248679

Mapcode National: GBR 70.28WJ

Mapcode Global: WH76Z.YR4B

Entry Name: Bath-house at Lower Soughton Hall

Listing Date: 15 August 2001

Last Amended: 15 August 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25695

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Located on the E side of the gardens, which lie to the S of Lower Soughton Hall.

County: Flintshire

Town: Mold

Community: Northop (Llaneurgain)

Community: Northop

Locality: Soughton Hall

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Bath-house or baptistery of unknown date, probably early-mid C19, and possibly contemporary with the house. In the spandrels above the entrance are the initials 'EML' and date '1710', but neither inscription appears to be original. The initials refer to Edward Lewis who lived at Lower Soughton; he was brother-in-law of Edward Conway who inherited the property in 1689. In 1832 Lower Soughton was described as having a fine well with an inscription 'EML 1710, but it is not clear whether this referred to the same structure.

Exterior

Roughly square structure of rubble stone, now roofless, the walls standing full-height. Openings with segmental heads and moulded stone surrounds. The entrance faces E; doorway to R with inscriptions to spandrels, 'EML' to L and '1710' to R. To the L of the doorway is a large window, below which is an opening partly below ground level, which is over an overflow channel.

Interior

Circular water-filled well to centre with 4 steps on S side. Surrounded by a flagstone floor. To N, S and W walls are shallow round-arched recesses with stone voussoirs and stone or slate sills.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good example of a Romantic garden structure, and for group value with Lower Soughton Hall.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Lower Soughton Hall
    Located at the end of a long straight driveway off the A5119, with associated houses and outbuildings to its SW.
  • II Lower Lodge to Soughton Hall
    Situated 0.5km S of Northop at the entrance to the N drive to Soughton Hall. The lodge is set back behind a gate and flanking quadrant walls. Its garden is bound by wicket-fence style iron railings.
  • II* Parkgate Farm Farmhouse and attached Shippon
    On the S edge of Northop and on a triangular site bound by roads. Reached by a narrow by-road which cuts off the NE angle of the triangle. The farmhouse faces E with shippon to N.
  • II Lislea House
    To the S of Northop Church in a large garden.
  • II Milestone
    Located in the centre of the village at the junction of Northop Road (A5119) and the B5126. Set at an angle to the road in front of a rubble stone boundary wall to a car park.
  • II Old Court House
    The building fronts the road close to the junction with Northop Road (A5119), and faces N towards the church.
  • II Former Stables at Lislea House
    To the S of the church, the N wall bounding the road, the S side facing into a courtyard behind the house.
  • II Boundary Wall to N of Lislea House
    Fronting the road and forming the N boundary to the grounds of Lislea House. The wall adjoins the former stables to the W.

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