Building record MDR4952 - Heage Hall, Hall Lane, Nether Heage, Ripley

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  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

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'Heage Hall, the property of Messrs. E. & J. Smith Shore, and residence of the latter, is an ancient building with a modern addition. The older portion has stone mullioned windows, many of which have been built up. Some of the bedrooms retain their old oak wainscotting.' The house was formerly the house of a branch of the Poles who first settled here about the beginning of the 15th century. The house was later owned by the Argyles, then the Shores. (1) The house is known as Heage Hall. According to the owner in 1959, the majority of the windows had their blocking removed by his father, who also removed the old latticed glazing and the panelling. The south wing of the Hall is referred to as 'the new end' having been built after a fire in the last century. Heage Hall is a T shaped building mainly two-storied built in irregularly-coursed stone with some rubble walling. The modern end of the south wing is three-storied. The ancient part contains many mullioned windows some with drip-courses over. Only one small window is now blocked in the north wall. The roof is gabled, steeply pitched and covered with an assortment of stone, slates and tiles. A chimney stack at the east end of the northern wing contains an external fireplace to an eastward extension of the block. No certain dating can be made of the original building but the present fabric is probably 16th/17th century. See GPs: AO/59/170/2: Heage Hall from the North-east. AO/59/170/3: Heage Hall from the south-east. (2) No change. (3) The rather irregular vestiges of a once larger house that is today Heage Hall seems to share something in common with the fragment of Hazlebadge Hall: a single old cross-wing with later additions. In the case of Heage, the cross-wing is probably later 15th century in date, the few three-light mullioned windows having straight heads and hood moulds, and the house is all coursed rubble construction, of coal measure sandstone, with similar dressings. At a right angle lies the entrance with a plain stone hood, set in a lower range which could conceivably contain even earlier work than the cross-wing, but which has undergone some drastic modifications since. This is attached to an 18th or early 19th century wing, 'aggressively plain and vernacular'. All the roofs are stone slated. According to folk-memory, the house once suffered a fire in the very distant past; it is also said to once have had a chapel, attested in 1343. The house once had extensive grounds, ornamented by fishponds, but these are mostly now built over. The house and immediate environs are said to be haunted. (4) Probably on the site of an ancient 'Alua'. The yard contains a barn with a pair of Crucks, possibly the original Alua stood where there is now a garden. Home of the Pole's of Highedge until 1682 who held the land as under tenants. Much of the land which was once farmed from Heage Hall contains ridge and furrow. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. p662-3.
  • <2> Personal Observation: F1 WCW 15-JUL-59.
  • <3> Personal Observation: F2 BHS 09-JUN-66.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Craven, M & Stanley, M. 1991. The Derbyshire Country House. p 107.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Judge, T (Ripley Historical Group). 1993. Some places of interest in Heage Village.



Grid reference Centred SK 3644 5105 (15m by 22m) (Centred on)

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Feb 16 2015 8:57AM

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