Information for record number MWA13441:
Church House, Butter Street, Alcester

Summary Church House, Alcester, dates from the 15th century and was originally a dwelling and subsequently a bakehouse. It was acquired by St Nicholas' Church in the 20th century, for use as a Church or mission hall.
What Is It?  
Type: Timber Framed Building, Bakehouse?, Church Hall
Period: Post-medieval (1540 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 09 57
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Level of Protection National - Listed Building (Grade: II)
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Two houses and church rooms. 16th century, altered mid 19th century. Church House is late 19th - early 20th century range built on to front of 18th - 19th century former Rectory coach house. Timber framed with exposed close studding and plaster infill to first floor and gable of No.13 only. Church House brick built. No.15 and Church House have plastered ground floor and sham timber framing on first floor. Tile roof with some old tiles. Brick stacks to rear. E-plan. Two storeys; six-window range. No.13 has mid/late 19th century shop front with 20th century studded door and overlight, wood pilasters and fascia. Mid 20th century casement on first floor. Cross gable. No.15 has six-panelled door in moulded wood surround and plank door to passage. 16-pane sash on ground floor, 19th century iron casement on first floor. Church House has six-panelled door with overlight and wood doorcase with simple pilasters. Large canted bay. Four two-light windows on first floor. To rear No.13 has long timber framed wing; No. 15 has exposed framing. Interior of No.15 has exposed framing. Front range of Church House is a single two-storey room.
2 Church House, Alcester, dating from the 15th century, was originally a dwelling and subsequently a bakehouse. Acquired by St Nicholas' church in the 20th century, for use as a church or mission hall. Recent dendrochronological dating has given a date of 1451. From 2007 restoration work has been ongoing, and the source refers to some of the key findings during this restoration with regard to the history of the building.
3 A watching brief in 2010 revealed former floor layers associated with the house. The monitoring focused on the outbuilding to the rear of Church House and exposed two levels of flagstone floor. A gap had formerly existed between the out building and the main house, this was roofed over in the late 17th century and a cellar constructed in this area.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Statuatory List
Title: National Heritage List for England
Author/originator: Historic England
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Serial
Title: West Midlands Archaeology Vol 53
Author/originator: CBA West Midlands
Date: 2011
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Serial
Title: Alcester & District Local History Society, Local Past
Author/originator: Greig I (eds)
Date: 2012
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 4
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designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument MISSION HALL * A building used for meetings and worship by a religious community trying to propogate its faith in an area. back
monument LAYER * An archaeological unit of soil in a horizontal plane which may seal features or be cut through by other features. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SHOP * A house or building where goods are made or prepared and displayed for sale and sold. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument CHURCH HALL * A hall associated with a church, used for holding functions, meetings and for conducting parish business. back
monument DWELLING * Places of residence. back
monument CELLAR * A room or group of rooms usually below the ground level and usually under a building, often used for storing fuel, provisions or wines. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CHURCH HOUSE * House owned by the church, often used for meetings. back
monument COACH HOUSE * An outbuilding where a horse-drawn carriage is kept. back
monument OUTBUILDING * A detached subordinate building. Use specific type where known, eg. DAIRY. back
monument WOOD * A tract of land with trees, sometimes acting as a boundary or barrier, usually smaller and less wild than a forest. back
monument TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING * A building constructed with a basic timber framework; between the members are panels which can be infilled with timber, wattle and daub, plaster, brick or other materials. back
monument BAKEHOUSE * A service building to a country house, farm, etc, used for baking. If commercial premises use BAKERY. back
monument CROSS * A free-standing structure, in the form of a cross (+), symbolizing the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified and sacred to the Christian faith. Use specific type where known. back

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