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Recent Project:  Helpringham Manor Farmhouse, Cottage and Farm Buildings

This late 17th century manor farmhouse is a Grade II* listed building and is located on the village green in the centre of Helpringham's Conservation Area.  The rear wing of the building is the earliest part of the building and the stone built farmhouse was constructed in the early 18th century.  The small cottage was added to the left gable of the farmhouse in the early 19th century.  The red brick farm buildings were constructed in two phases during the 19th century and include a barn, stable, shelter shed and loose box around an open crew yard and an earlier stable with granary over.

The farmhouse and cottage have not been inhabited for around 25 years and the farm buildings are now used primarily for storage.  The buildings have fallen into decay and are in need of significant investment in order to conserve the historic fabric.

This building is considered to be of national significance and it is a landmark building within the centre of Helpringham village.  The front symmetrical with a centrally placed doorway and fine hemispherical domed hood is a rare feature and internally, the building retains many of its original architectural features These include 18th century corner cupboards and panelling, wooden shutters, a fine staircase.  Much of the original fabric has also survived such as reed backed plaster walls and ceilings, plaster moulded cornices and lime ash floor.  Evidence suggests that the rear wing could be up to 400 years old, and further investigation is needed to trace its history and development.

Heritage Lincolnshire has recently completed an options appraisal study which was funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council.  Further investigation into the phased development of the buildings and research into repairs needed to the historic structures is being funded by English Heritage and Lincolnshire County Council. The current owners are now intending to repair the building independently.


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