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Old Court Farm

Hob Uid: 112294
Location :
County of Herefordshire
Bosbury
Grid Ref : SO6960043480
Summary : A large tenanted farmhouse with an extensive farmstead. Formerly a manor house of the Bishops of Hereford, the core is 15th century in date, with additions, alterations and refacings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The 15th century south wing is stone-built with an L-shaped block to the north, added in the early 17th century. This block may be timber framed and later refaced in brick. The gatehouse range to the east may date from the 14th century. It is now two storeyed, with one large and one small archway, the latter now blocked. It is now used as a hop store. Documentary sources refer to earthworks in the field to the north west of the house, possibly representing the remains of a moated enclosure. They have since been filled in.
More information : (SO 69604348) Bishops' Palace(NR) (remains of (NAT) Gateway (NR) (1)

Old Court Farm was formerly a manor house of the Bishops of Hereford. The stone S block of the house is 15th century and to it was added the L-shaped block on the N side, in the early 17th century. This block was perhaps timber-framed, but has been refaced with brick. The gatehouse range faces the road on the E side of the site. It is now of two storeys with a stone outer wall perhaps 14th century and a timber-framed inner wall. The gateway has a major and minor archway. The earthworks, in the field NW of the house consist of a series of banks and ditches. There are traces of ditches also to the E of the house, and the stream bounding the farm enclosure on the N & W appears to have been straightened. (2)

SO 69544350 The house has modern windows and it is not outstanding. The gatehouse range remains unchanged. The earthworks around the house have been filled in and no trace now remains. (3)

Former manor house of the Bishops of Hereford, now farmhouse. 15th century core, with 17th century additions, greatly altered during the mid-19th century. Sandstone earlier wing with brick later alterations, tiled roof. Irregular plan. Early wing aligned east/west facing south, later addition to north extending to east and further to north, large main central stack to south wing, entrances to centre of east front and to rear. Two storeys; east front, gabled end of earlier wing to left with sash window, French casements to the ground floor, later range to right with three windows, tripartite sash window with segmental brick heads, smaller proportions to central window, forward projecting gabled porch with panelled door. Interior: east room of south wing contains fine moulded plaster ceiling, arch braced collar and tie-beam trusses to south wing. Grade 2. (4)

The roof of the south wing may date from the 1460s, covering a hall and chamber; the north wing is a 16th century addition. (5)

Additional bibliographic source. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 25"
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Source Number : 2
Source : An inventory of the historical monuments in Herefordshire. Volume II: east
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Page(s) : 19
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DRB 17-APR-72
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Malvern Hills, Hereford and Worcestershire: 26.3.86
Page(s) : 25
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Source Number : 5
Source : Hereford archaeology series
Source details : Old Court Farm An Architectural Analysis
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Vol(s) : 231, 1995
Source Number : 6
Source : Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales 1300-1500, Volume II: East Anglia, Central England and Wales
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Page(s) : 512-14
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Gatehouse, Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Early C17
Monument End Date : 1632
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Manor House, Timber Framed House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C19
Monument End Date : 1900
Monument Start Date : 1801
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : By 1986
Monument End Date : 1986
Monument Start Date : 1986
Monument Type : Hop Barn
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 86310
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 153009
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : ViewFinder
External Cross Reference Number : BB92/14510
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 153010
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SO 64 SE 8
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 544369
Relationship type :
Associated Monuments : 1043899
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, CITY OF HEREFORD ARCHAEOLOGY UNIT
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
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End Date :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SO 64 SE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-04-17
End Date : 1972-04-17
Associated Activities : Primary, OLD COURT FARM, BOSBURY
Activity type : DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
Start Date : 1994-01-01
End Date : 1994-12-31