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Brinsop Court

SMR Number
: 3214
Grid Reference
: SO 4455 4581

House, two storeys, partly attics, walls of stone with later timber framing, roofs covered with stone slates. Belonged in C13-14 to Tirrells & passed to Daunseys who held it to 1820. Three phases: E C14 work c1300-1310 small part of N range, E of entrance; rest of range 1320-30; NW angle retains evidence of former turret. E half of S range containing Great Hall built c1340. Traces of low W range abutting to N range & prob of same age, but replaced by higher timber-framed building c M C16. S half rebuilt towards end of C17. W half of S range remodelled E C16. Part of W range towards courtyard refronted in brick in C18. In 1913 modern E range built. Roughly rectangular moat surrounds house, crossed near SW corner by stone bridge, in C19 drawbridge on N front replaced. (1)
Moat altered in recent times, doubtful if original inner bank remains. Outer bank appears to be original. (2)
The Old Court still preserves some of its ancient features & windows of hall, now used as granary are good example of the decor style. According to an MS lately compiled for Danseys court 'was moated around & approached by a drawbridge, within quad was chapel with crypt below, a dungeon & blacksmith's forge. Chapel with staircase leading to it occupied one side of the square groined roof, walls painted in frescoes. Two towers flanked drawbridge having grotesque figures on top, one being a monkey playing fiddle. In inner court 3rd tower, which though in perfect state pulled down about 50 yrs ago to assist in building wall around stables. Existing remains consist only of moat, hall (called the chapel) which belongs to early C14 and has grand timber roof, with good deal of oak panelling of subsequent eras. Earliest recorded Lord Ralph Torrell (1210) later the Danseys. (3)
Members of the archaeology section of the Woolhope Club visited the site (05/06/94). An 1800 sketch is referred to that shows a twin towered gate house, with another tower or turret on the NW angle. They would appear to be Tudor in style probably more fashionable rather than defensive. (4)
Observations and comments, including photographs (Woolhope Club Field Meeting 1910). (5)

Monument Type(s)

  1. MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  2. FORTIFIED MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

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Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

  1. HHE477 - Small Compass Enclosure of the Landscape - Reconfiguration of Former Common Arable Fields