Building record M5328 - Old Hall, Warsop


BARN (Medieval to Late 20th Century); HOUSE (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 56734 68830 (32m by 39m)
Map sheet SK56NE
District Mansfield
Locality Church Warsop
Civil Parish Warsop, Mansfield


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Warsop Old Hall, some parts of which were C14, said to have been the old rectory at one time. Probably owned by the de Suttons in the C13, later by the Dukes of Newcastle and Rutland, afterwards by Gally Knight, and until recently the Fitzherberts. (1)
The buttressed N wall of the C17 barn … has been mostly rebuilt. The S front of the Old Hall … has features dating from the C14 to the C16, so reshuffled in the C19 that the archaeology of the house is quite illegible. An early C14 tre-foil headed light in the angle of the cross wing. The cross wing is a jumble [of] Victorian lights … reused C16 ones … [and a] medieval one. The W bay … [is] probably a C16 addition. (2)
The building is of stone and forms the S and E sides of a courtyard, an attached Tudor barn making the N, and a detached block of minor buildings completing the square on the W. Many different periods are visible in the fabric with plenty of blocked doors and windows ... The S face of the house is best preserved with its C16 bay. Recently restored, and now maintained as a community centre incorporating a custodian's flat. (3)
…a large courtyard house firmly established on the site by the C14 (almost certainly building on an earlier structure. This building had a large detached kitchen, a cross range housing services and an open great hall and a large chamber block to the south. Six key phases can be identified. Before the plan of the house changed significantly with an early C16 recasting of a least the north and east ranges. The detached kitchen was abandoned and probably brought into the main cross wing. The earlier kitchen block was converted into chambers above the storage and cellars below. The essence of the medieval house was retained with an open hall still at the south end of the cross wing. The medieval house was accessed through the centre of this range into a screens passage leading from the inner courtyard. The medieval house was recast in the early C17. Barn erected to the north of the hall to provide a suite of accommodation chambers on the first floor. Stone mullioned windows were provided and the front of the house was reversed to face onto the great courtyard. Used as a working farm in the C19, the inner court was filled with crew yards and cow shed were ercted where the west wing had once stood. Converted to a community centre in the 1960s. (4)
Analysis by dendrochronology determined that, as intimated by the documentary, fabric, and structural evidence recorded in the 2007 survey, timbers of different felling date are to be found at Warsop Old Hall. The earliest evidence is represented by the presumably original fossilised roof to the east range, or crosswing, the timbers here being felled in the late fourteenth century at some point in the period 1367–92. The Tudor Barn (the north range) was then built as a single-storey structure, not in the late-sixteenth century as previously thought, but in the early six-teenth century, the timber for its roof being felled in 1513, with all the trusses appearing to be of the same date. The Barn was subsequently raised in height (the date of this work being uncertain, but perhaps in the mid-seventeenth century at about the same time as that on the south range – see below) but, rather than replace the old timbers, the original roof beams were reused. Also, probably during the second quarter of the sixteenth century, the original crownpost roof of the east range was replaced by the present covering, the timber for this later roof being felled at some point during the period 1529–54. Lastly, the present roof of the south range was built, the timber for this being felled in, or about, 1659. (5)

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

BW prints, HBR

Listed buildings slides, 4 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

NTRDL, 2018, The Old Hall (Warsop Parish Centre), Bishop's Walk, Church Warsop, Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers. (Unpublished document). SNT5241.

<1> Mansfield Chronicle and Adv, 16/01/1969, Mansfield Chronicle and Advertiser (Published document). SNT234.

<2> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 364 (Monograph). SNT4.

<3> Seaman BH, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1252.

<4> English Heritage, 2006, The Old Hall (Manor House), Church Warsop…Historic Buildings Report (Unpublished document). SNT5005.

<5> NTRDL, 2018, The Old Hall (Warsop Parish Centre), Bishop's Walk, Church Warsop, Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers. (Unpublished document). SNT5241.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 4 slides.
  • --- Unpublished document: NTRDL. 2018. The Old Hall (Warsop Parish Centre), Bishop's Walk, Church Warsop, Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers..
  • <1> Published document: Mansfield Chronicle and Adv. 16/01/1969. Mansfield Chronicle and Advertiser.
  • <2> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 364.
  • <3> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2006. The Old Hall (Manor House), Church Warsop…Historic Buildings Report.
  • <5> Unpublished document: NTRDL. 2018. The Old Hall (Warsop Parish Centre), Bishop's Walk, Church Warsop, Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers..

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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