Farmhouse of Highfield Farm, Town Street, Holbrook, a 17th century building.
A building survey, including photographs, was carried out in 2019 and described this part of the farm as follows: a set of stone farm building constructed of dressed sandstone, with a farmhouse at the eastern end and a range of agricultural building at the western end. The oldest element building lies at the eastern end of the building, where there is a crosswing with a 17th century chimney stack and gable window with dove holes above. Immediately to the west of the crosswing is a range of the farmhouse that appears to be later in date. The windows on the first floor seeming to be late 17th century in date and the main door, in the middle of the south elevation and the arrangement of the interior mid 18th century. The range of attached agricultural buildings to the west are probably of similar date, but at the far west end the interior walls are of brick. Both the farmhouse and the attached ranges were extensively altered in the 19th and 20th centuries. (1)
A detailed study of the built-in cupboards was carried out in 2020. The earliest was thought to have been installed in the 1850s. (2)
From the National Heritage List for England:
'PARISH OF HOLBROOK MOORSIDE LANE SK 34 NE 1/18 (East Side) Highfields Farmhouse and attached out- buildings
Farmhouse and attached outbuildings. C17 and early C18 with C19 additions. Coursed squared sandstone with sandstone dressings and plinth. Graduated slate roofs with stone coped gables, large central stone ridge stack and stone gable end stack halfway down the pitch of the roof to C17 range, plus coved eaves band. Irregular plan which has central two bay C18 house with C17 gabled crosswing to east and single bay C19 addition set at an angle to west, attached to which is a long range of outbuildings. Farmhouse has two storeys, plus attics. South elevation has off-centre flush quoined doorcase below bracketed open pediment with plank door, flanked by C18 2-light flush mullion windows with dripmoulds. Similar window to east under C17 dripmould. Above is a 4-light recessed and chamfered mullion window with dripmould and to west two similar C18 2-light windows to those below. Above again to east in the gable of C17 wing is a 3-light recessed and chamfered mullion window with dripmould and two doveholes over. C19 addition to west has a plain doorcase and C20 window to ground floor and one glazing bar sash over. East elevation of house has two C19 windows below but one 4-light and one 3-light C17 recessed and chamfered mullion windows above. Outbuildings have four quoined doorcases with windows to southern side of each and two hayloft openings above. Interior of house has early C18 wavy splat baluster staircase, good panelled doors in panelled surrounds, chamfered beams, one inglenook fireplace with side cupboards, a semi-circular headed wall cupboard and the original front door with wooden bolts
Listing NGR: SK3650245014.'
Unpublished document: Grange, E (ARS Ltd). 2019. Highfield Farm, Holbrook, Derbyshire: Historic Building Recording.
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