14 BROCKHAMPTON by Bromyard (D.b.)
(O.S. 6 in. (a)XXI, N.W., (b)XXI, N.E.)
Brockhampton by Bromyard is a parish 2 m. E.N.E.
of Bromyard. The ruined chapel and the 14th-century
house of Lower Brockhampton form an interesting
b(1). Chapel (dedication unknown) at Lower Brockhampton (Plate 6) near the middle of the parish.
The walls are of local sandstone rubble and much
tufa, with dressings of the same materials. The Chancel
and Nave, without structural division, date from the
12th century. The building has probably been disused
since the building of a new chapel in 1790 in Brockhampton Park. The old chapel is now roofless and
The Church, Plan
Architectural Description—The Chancel and Nave
(47¾ ft. by 15 ft.) are structurally undivided. In the
E. wall is a late 14th or early 15th-century window of
three cinque-foiled ogee lights with vertical tracery in
a two-centred head; part of the tracery has fallen. In
the N. wall is a 13th-century lancet window. In the
S. wall are three windows, the easternmost a 13th-century lancet-light, the second a 12th-century single-light window altered to a lancet-light in the 13th
century, and the westernmost the remains only of a
two-light window; the 13th-century S. doorway has
chamfered jambs and two-centred arch; the splays
and rear-arch are of the 12th century. In the W. wall
are parts of the splays and sill of a two-light 15th-century window.
Fittings—Font: octagonal bowl, lower part cut
back, 13th or 14th-century. Piscina: lying loose, slab
with round drain, mediæval. Plate: In modern chapel,
includes cup of 1672 with shield-of-arms, cover-paten,
presumably of same date, and 17th-century salver or
stand-paten, with the initials R. and S.B. Stoup:
lying loose, tufa bowl with rounded outer end to
basin, mediæval. Miscellanea: numerous worked
stones, portions of window-tracery, etc., lying loose in
b(2). Lower Brockhampton (Plate 81), house,
gatehouse and moat, S.E. of the old chapel. The
House is of two storeys, timber-framed, with some
rubble; the roofs are covered with tiles and slates.
It was built late in the 14th or early in the 15th century
on an H-shaped plan with the cross-wings at the E.
and W. ends. The W. cross-wing has been destroyed,
but the foundations are said to remain. Late in the
16th or early in the 17th century a wing was added
in the N.W. angle of the building, and late in the
17th century the E. cross-wing was extended N., and
the porch added to the Hall.
The house has an interesting example of a mediæval
open hall and the timber gate-house is remarkable.
The exterior has exposed timber-framing, partly
close-set and partly in large square panels. The S.
gable of the cross-wing has carved barge-boards and
foiled timber-framing in the head of the gable. Inside
the building the Hall (Plate 39) is of two main
bays with a screen-bay at the E. end; the roof-truss
between the main bays has a cambered collar with
curved braces, forming a two-centred arch, and
springing from attached shafts on the main posts,
with moulded and embattled capitals; above the collar
are raking struts cut to form a quatrefoil with the
principal rafters; each bay has a subsidiary truss of
lighter construction and with the collar set at a
higher level; over the screen is a truss with side-posts
carried down to form speres, and tied to the sidewalls by cross-beams at door-head level; this truss
has been altered, and is now fitted with a modern
partition and gallery; below the lower purlins of the
roof are foiled wind-braces. The S. room in the cross-wing has a 16th-century fireplace with moulded brick
jambs and moulded oak lintel; the ceiling retains some
early 17th-century moulded plaster-work, and the N.
wall is lined with panelling of the same date. Near
the middle of the wing the lower ends of the curved
braces of a roof-truss are visible, perhaps of mediæval
date. Much of the internal timber-framing is exposed.
The Gatehouse stands on the line of the S.W. arm of the
moat, S.W. of the house. It is a square timber-framed
structure of two storeys, dating from the latter part of
the 15th century. The timber-framing is exposed both
inside and out, and the upper storey projects on curved
brackets springing from the moulded heads of the
angle-posts. The gables have barge-boards carved
with running foliage, much weathered. The N. and S.
walls have open archways with hollow-chamfered jambs
and four-centred heads; a similar arch within the gatehouse is fitted with a door having cross-battens, strap-hinges and a wicket. The staircase, in the E. side of
the building, has a moulded grip-handrail and flat
shaped and pierced balusters of early 17th-century
date and forming a balustrade at the top. The roof
(Plate 39) has a central tie-beam with curved braces,
queen-posts set diagonally and a collar.
Lower Brockhampton House, by Bromyard
The Moat surrounds the house, but has been filled
in on part of the S.W. side. To the E. is a small island
surrounded by a ditch, and partly by a bank beyond it.
Farther E. is a small dam across the line of a stream.
b(3). Home House Farm (Plate 26), house, nearly
¾ m. E. of the old chapel, is of two storeys with cellars
and attics; the walls are of rubble and timber-framing,
and the roofs are tiled. It was built early in the 17th
century, and the S. porch was added shortly after. The
upper storey of this porch projects on a moulded bressummer and has exposed timber-framing. The inner
doorway has a chamfered head and a 17th-century
door with moulded ribs and strap-hinges. The
chimney-stack has three diagonal shafts. Inside the
building the ceiling-beams and framing are exposed.
b(4). Upper Brockhall, house, ¼ m. S.E. of (3), is
of two storeys; the walls are of stone, and the roofs
are tiled. It was built late in the 17th century, and
extended W. early in the 18th century. Some ceiling-beams and framing are exposed inside the building.
b(5). The Oaks, house, 350 yards S. of (4), is of two
storeys; the walls are of rubble and timber-framing,
and the roofs are slate-covered. The middle part was
built early in the 17th century, with late 17th and early
18th-century additions or rebuildings to the N. and S.
The S. extension has exposed framing, and there are
exposed ceiling-beams within the building.
a(6). Cottage, on the edge of the parish, 1,600 yards
W.N.W. of the old chapel, is of two storeys, timber-framed and with a tiled roof. It was built late in the
17th-century and has exposed framing and ceiling-beams.
b(7) Lower Norton Farm, house, 1,100 yards
N.N.W. of the ruined chapel, is of two storeys; the
walls are of rubble and timber-framing and the roofs
are tiled. The house is of 16th-century origin but has
been largely re-built; on the N. are two 17th-century
additions with exposed framing. Inside the building
are exposed ceiling-beams.