Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Listed buildings: Apethorn Farm
Apethorn Farm is a Grade II listed building.
Originally 15th century but with external walls and other features of the C17 to C19. Cruck-framed with brick and squared rubble walls and a graduated stone slate roof. Originally a 4-bay cruck-framed open-hall house (probably a long-house) but with a floor inserted in the C17 and other alterations during conversion to cottages.
The elevation consists of a small gabled wing in bay 1, and a second bay both of which are in stone. The other 3 bays are in brick and have 3 doors relating to their use as a shippon. One ridge chimney. The east elevation, again with 3 bays in brick and the remainder in stone has 3 dormer windows rising from the eaves, one of them gabled. The gable onto the road has one ground floor window and a sash window above.
It is an important example of an early house-type few of which remain in Greater Manchester.
This picture by Frank Bennett, taken in May 2008, and reproduced here with his permission, first appeared on the Images of England site.
In 1831 it was the scene of a murder. In 1928 it was divided into cottages and then in 1993 a fire reduced to it to just the original cruck frame. In recent years it has been wrapped in order to prevent/reduce further damage. It is privately owned and there appears to be little will for renovation/restoration.
Recent photographs of the farm can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.
A photograph of the barn can be found on Hyde Daily Photo.
A contribution to Rubbish Tuesday.