Lower Grinsty Farm


SP 02316 65604

Green Lane, Callow Hill, Redditch, B97 5PJ

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Description: Lower Grinsty Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 April 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 156604

OS Grid Reference: SP0231665604
OS Grid Coordinates: 402316, 265604
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2886, -1.9675

Location: Lower Grinsty Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 5PJ

Locality: Redditch
Local Authority: Redditch Borough Council
Postcode: B97 5PJ

 Farmhouse, now house. c1600; restored late C20. Timber-framed with painted  brick infill on brick base; plain tiled roofs. Hall and cross-wing plan; hall  of single framed bay aligned east/west; large external chimney with tiled off- sets on south side; cross-wing of two framed bays at west gable end. Two  storeys and attic. Framing: mainly four panels from sill to wall-plate with  short straight braces in upper corners; collar and tie-beam trusses with four  struts beneath collar; hall truss has V-strut above collar and north cross- wing truss has a single central strut in the apex. The framing of the north  gable end is heavier than elsewhere as it would originally have been the display front. Windows are C20 casements with leaded lights. North elevation:  hall has a ground floor 3-light window and a first floor 2-light window; lean- to porch on timber post adjacent to cross-wing in original cross-passage postion but present doorway in adjoining cross-wing wall; cross-wing gable end has blocked original openings and a single-light ground floor window; 2-light  ground and first floor window in east side elevation with C20 door in angle  with hall (see above). Interior not inspected. An inventory of 1617 suggests  that the farmhouse became a "forechamber" or extension to The Hall House (qv)  nearby; the latter, an earlier single-bay dwelling, was altered to form the  dining hall and parlour to the farmhouse, whilst the farmhouse consisted of  buttery and four separate chambers. Alternatively the inventory may refer to  the farmhouse alone and the "hall house" mentioned refers, as is usually  assumed, to the hall inside the main building and The Hall House may have become  an outbuilding. The farmhouse and The Hall House form an unusual and remarkably  well-preserved domestic group of considerable historic interest. (BoE, p 152;  Richard Harris, Survey for Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Janaury 1984).


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