Notice of a listed designation upgrade

36 Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland

This property has been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* in the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport upon recommendation from Historic England (list entry no. 1145578).

Read the upgraded list entry for the building, together with a map, on the National Heritage List for England website.

As part of work being undertaken for the Appleby Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), Historic England was initially asked to expand the List entry for 36 Boroughgate and considered that its previous grade did not appropriately reflect the interest of the building, which is considered of more than special interest, which is the criteria for designation at Grade II*.

Reasons for designation upgrade

36 Boroughgate, of late-C17 date, is now listed at Grade II* for the following principal reasons.

Architectural interest:

  • an imposing three-storey dwelling of considerable external architectural quality, constructed in the local vernacular of red sandstone and Westmorland slate;

  • the exterior retains a wealth of character including a carved door lintel and blocked openings including numerous mullioned windows, revealing its evolution over three and a half centuries;

  • for the retention of its cross-passage plan-form including a camber-headed cross-passage entrance, former fire window lighting an inglenook with heck passage and Bressumer beam;

  • for a wealth of internal features, fixtures and fittings including C17 carpentry, chimney pieces, doors, chamfered beams, and stair balustrade;

  • for the retention of an entire late-C17 raised and pegged cruck roof structure, that retains extensive evidence of late-C17 carpentry;

  • dendrochronology has revealed that the house was largely constructed with highly locally sourced timber felled AD 1677-1678, and that remarkably, most of the timber sampled from the house was cut from the same tree.

Group value: the building also benefits from a spatial group value with numerous and diverse listed buildings in the vicinity, including a number of contemporary commercial and domestic buildings.

Further information about designation is available on Historic England’s website.

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2021.