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HER Number (PRN):13196
Name:Albright Hussey, Battlefield (A528)
Type of Record:Building
Protected Status:Listed Building (II*) 1295586: ALBRIGHT HUSSEY

Monument Types

  • HOTEL (16th century - 1524 AD to 1524 AD)
  • HOUSE (dated 1524, 16th century - 1524 AD to 1524 AD)

Summary

A house, now a hotel, dated 1524, which is protected by Grade II* Listing.

Parish:Pimhill, Shrewsbury and Atcham, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ51NW
Grid Reference:SJ 5020 1759

Related records

02601Related to: Albright Hussey moated site, apx 10m S of Albright Hussey, A528 (east side) (Monument)
04508Related to: Possible deserted medieval settlement at Albright Hussey (Monument)
01592Related to: Site of Chapel of Albright Hussey (Monument)

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA2623 - 1992 trial trench at Alright Hussey Hotel by SCCAS
  • ESA4979 - 1995 WB on Albright Hussey Hotel extension work by SCCAS
  • ESA2622 - 1989 building analysis and trial excavation at Albright Hussey
  • ESA7223 - 1989 Trial trench at Albright Hussey by City of Hereford Archaeology Unit

Description

House, now restaurant. 1524, enlarged probably in the mid-to late C16 and again in 1601. Altered, and rebuilt to rear in the mid-to late C19.
Timber framed with plastered infill, enlarged in red brick with grey sandstone ashlar dressings and attic. Painted brick to rear. Plain tile roofs.
Framing: early C16 part with square panels and diagonal struts forming lozenge patterns. Late C16 addition has ground-floor closely-spaced studs with middle rail and S-shaped tension braces, and first-floor square quatrefoil panels with carved quatrefoils to rails; cusped S-braces to rear. Close studding beneath windows. One early C16 framed bay with later porch to east, 1601 addition to west, and service range to rear. 2 storeys, with 3-storey C17 addition and rear range of 2 storeys and gable-lit attic. South front; right-hand block: jettied first floor with moulded bressumer; porch to right jettied on 3 sides with chamfered brackets and cable-moulded shafts to corners of each floor. Large C16 external brick end stack to right with stone plinth and 5 star-shaped shafts with oversailing caps, and C19 external brick end stack to porch with oversailing cap. 2-window front; C19 four, six-and seven-light wooden mullioned and transomed diamond-leaded casements, square oriels to left on shaped-brackets. Right-hand gable end: porch to left has blocked C16 first-floor window with moulded wooden cill and 2 carved scrolled brackets. Boarded door to right with Tudor arch, carved spandrels, ovolo-moulded surround, and flanking moulded shafts with moulded capitals and brackets. Gable rebuilt in C19 but retains tie-beam with carved vine trail ornament. Left-hand block: chamfered stone plinth, flush quoins, cyma-recta moulded string courses above ground-and first-floor windows, and parapeted gable end to left with moulded coping. External brick lateral stack to rear with ashlar dressings and ashlar shaft with moulded base and cornice. 2-window front; 2-and 4-light double-chamfered mullioned and transomed stone attic window with leaded lights. Boarded door between windows, off-centre to left, with straight-sided arched head. Left-hand gable end has double-chamfered mullioned and transomed stone windows, 4-light to ground and first floors, and 3-light to attic with cyma-recta moulded cornice. Large C20 raking buttress.
Rear service range with external brick end stack to west and C19 one-storey wing at right angles with integral brick end stack.
Interior: C16 right-hand first-floor room with deeply moulded cross-beamed ceiling (3 x 3 compartments), chamfered posts and stone fireplace with corbelled segmental arch and moulded reveals. Porch to right with chamfered dragon beams. C17 left-hand ground-floor room has pair of chamfered beams with ogee stops running front to back, straight-sided chamfered-arched doorway to rear, oak panelling, and C17 rendered fireplace to rear with chamfered reveals. Old oak winder stair to rear. Central first-floor room has 3 chamfered beams with ogee stops, chamfered posts, chamfered and stopped wall plate, and 2 blocked doorways, one segmental-headed and one chamfered with ogee head. Right-hand first-floor room with deep-chamfered beams, chamfered and ogee stopped joists, and former end wall of 1524 part to left with lozenge-pattern framing. Left-hand first-floor room with chamfered beams and chamfered-arched stone fireplace with panelled spandrels. Small room taken out of left-hand first-floor room with oak panelling. Large open former kitchen fireplace in rear range. The porch was formerly dated 1524 and former wainscot panelling in the C17 addition was inscribed: "Made by me Edward Huse 1601". Neither inscription noted at time of survey (January 1987).
A drawing of the house made in 1821 shows the timber framed range before the roof was rebuilt, with a gable to the front, a steeper gable over the porch and a further gabled range behind that, parts of which are probably incorporated in the present rear range. Some sources (Leach and Stackhouse Acton) date the 1601 block at c. 1560.
The house stands within a moated site (qv) and there was formerly a chapel to the south-east, of which nothing, except a few carved fragments, remain.
Buildings of England, pp.55-56;
Francis Leach, The County Seats of Shropshire (1891), p360;
Frances Stackhouse Acton, The Castles and Old Mansions of Shropshire (1868), p32. <2>

A programme of building recording was undertaken of Albright Hussey in 1989, providing extensive details on the structural development of the building. It probably replaced a medieval hall house on the moated platform (PRN 02601). The building consisted of a five bay two-storey parlour range, probably dating to the second half of the 16th century; the remains of the north range, a 2-storey, 3-range bay of probable 16th century date; a single bay timber-framed porch of two storeys, probably dating to the 16th century. A brick range was added, probably in the early 17th century. <3>

Leach gives a photograph of the exterior.<5>

Newman refers to the work of John Sandford and the Shrewsbury school of carpenters.<7>


<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 13196 (Card index). SSA20722.


<01> Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 1949/ 1973, Provisional List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Atcham Rural District), p4 (List of Buildings). SSA3081.


<02> Department of the Environment (DoE), 1987-Nov-27, 46th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, p39-40 (List of Buildings). SSA246.


<03> Morriss Richard K & Shoesmith Ron, 1990, Albright Hussey (Watching brief report). SSA5848.


<04> Pevsner Nikolaus, 1958, Buildings of England (Shropshire), p55 (Monograph). SSA110.


<05> Leach F, 1891, The County Seats of Shropshire, p360-361 (Monograph). SSA535.


<06> Gaydon A T (ed), 1973, Victoria County History 2: Ecclesiastical Organisation, Religious Houses, Schools and Sports, p128-131 (Volume). SSA540.


<07> Newman J & Pevsner N, 2006, Buildings of England: Shropshire, p106-107 (Monograph). SSA23518.

Sources

[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 13196.
[01]SSA3081 - List of Buildings: Ministry of Housing and Local Government. 1949/ 1973. Provisional List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Atcham Rural District). Provisional List. p4.
[02]SSA246 - List of Buildings: Department of the Environment (DoE). 1987-Nov-27. 46th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Vol 1584-0. List volume. p39-40.
[03]SSA5848 - Watching brief report: Morriss Richard K & Shoesmith Ron. 1990. Albright Hussey. Hereford Archaeology Series. 64.
[04]SSA110 - Monograph: Pevsner Nikolaus. 1958. Buildings of England (Shropshire). Buildings of England. p55.
[05]SSA535 - Monograph: Leach F. 1891. The County Seats of Shropshire. p360-361.
[06]SSA540 - Volume: Gaydon A T (ed). 1973. Victoria County History 2: Ecclesiastical Organisation, Religious Houses, Schools and Sports. Victoria County History of Shropshire. Vol 2. p128-131.
[07]SSA23518 - Monograph: Newman J & Pevsner N. 2006. Buildings of England: Shropshire. Buildings of England. p106-107.
Date Last Edited:Dec 1 2015 11:53AM