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IoE Number: 323049
Location: NAPPA HALL,
  ASKRIGG, RICHMONDSHIRE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Peter Briggs
Date Photographed: 06 September 2007
Date listed: 16 January 1952
Date of last amendment: 16 January 1952
Grade I

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ASKRIGGNAPPASD 99 SE9/27Nappa Hall16.1.52GVI

ASKRIGG NAPPA SD 99 SE 9/27 Nappa Hall 16.1.52 GV I Fortified manor house. 1459, with C17 wing. For James Metcalfe. Rubble, stone slate roof. Single-storey central hall flanked by 4-storey western and 2-storey eastern towers, with south-east wing projecting forward at right angles from eastern tower, and entrance porch in angle so formed. Quoins. Porch: pointed arch with continuous hollow-chamfered moulding with label. A single-light chamfered window on each return. Parapet. Pointed- arched inner doorway with continuous hollow-chamfered moulding and leaved 6-panel door. To left, 2 cross-windows with cinque-cusped pointed lights, hood-moulds with headstops, quarry panes and iron bars. Parapet. West tower, main defensible unit: windows with cinque-cusped pointed lights under hood-moulds, those to ground, first and third floors with headstops, quarry panes and iron bars. Ground floor: 3-light window; to right, light vent to spiral staircase from ground to first floor. First floor: 2-light window, light vent to right. Second floor: single light. Third floor: single light. Crenellated parapet. Head of stair turret in south-east corner. East: kitchen and service wing: sash window on first floor, crenellated parapet. Rear elevation east tower: projecting chimney stack. Left return of west tower: board door in C19 ashlar sandstone chamfered rusticated quoined surround with pointed arch with keystone and springers. On each floor, a cinque-cusped single-light window in chamfered surround. Slightly- projecting chimney stack on ground and first floors. String. Gargoyle. Right return of east tower: to basement, 2 lattice windows in chamfered openings, and on right 2 windows under wide relieving arch. Ground floor: 4 sash windows with glazing bars in sandstone ashlar surrounds with interrupted jambs. First floor: 2 similar windows. In centre, projection of buttress of garderobe. Corbelled fireplace or garderobe to left on first floor. Projecting turret in south-east corner. West elevation of south- east range: central studded board door in quoined surround with segmental- arched head. On ground floor on either side, a 3-light double-chamfered mullion window with hoodmould, and 16-pane sashes above on first floor. Double gable with lead rainwater head between cast "T M" with JULY , (Thomas Metcalfe, d1754). Rear elevation of south-east range: 1747 on each floor a single-light window in chamfered, quoined surround. The building has numerous lead rainwater pipes and fluted hopper heads. Interior, west tower: stone newel staircase from ground floor to roof. Wave-moulded cross-beams supported on stone corbels, with remains of medieval joists. In first-floor chamber, fragment of plasterwork frieze, chamfered fireplace and chamfered doorway leading to rear room with stone chute in wall leading to external gargoyle. Hall: segmental arched fireplace and doorway to west tower. East tower: late C18 - early C19 cantilevered dog-leg staircase with hollow-moulded soffits to treads. Probably the finest and least-spoilt fortified manor house in the north of England. For centuries belonged to the Metcalfes, one of the most important Wensleydale families. Described by Leland as a "very goodly House". Hartley M and Ingilby J, Yorkshire Village (1979). VCH i, pp 204-5, 208.

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