Edge Farm: the
new owners of the grade
II listed farmhouse
at Lower Edge have begun a sensitive programme of repairs to the
original 17th century farmhouse and attached cottage. It is their
intention to convert the adjoining barn, which is not listed,
to form a separate residence for their daughter and her family.
The farmhouse had suffered from at least 10 years of neglect and
inappropriate alteration and the works have involved significant
investment and care to conserve this fine building.
works externally have included relaying of the roof, replacing
broken stone slates and incorporating a breather membrane, repair
and replacement of rainwater goods (timber gutters and cast iron
downpipes) and removal of cement strap pointing which was causing
over weathering of the gritstone and which has been replaced with
lime mortar. A number of missing hollow chamfered recessed mullions
are also to be replaced and metal frame leaded light windows will
be installed to the 17th century build, with painted fixed and
side hung timber casements within the 18th century cottage. An
inappropriate porch has also been removed from the main entrance
to reveal the fine carved date stone of 1648, which includes a
shield and inscribed initials, and the door surround which has
a Tudor arched lintel and chamfered reveals. The door has also
been replaced with a vertically boarded solid oak door.
two 1970's fire surrounds have been removed to reveal some fine
stone fireplaces, particularly that to the former housebody within
the 17th century building. Cement plaster has been removed and
replaced with lime plaster and a 1970's staircase has been removed
and replaced with oak.
owners wanted to extend the property to add a dining room and
form a separate access and garaging. We began the process with
an Historic Recording Report to establish the significance and
sequential development of each element of the farm. Planning and
Listed Building applications have also been submitted and are
currently being considered by the Local Planning Authority.