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1537 Rawlinson MS D 780 f. 173 2 foote of old glasse new sett in the hall - 32 foote new glass sett in the hall
1573     mending the roofe in the hawle
1585 E 351/3220   castings the walles and making upp of tholde walles with brickes and also trussing up of the girders over the gallery, new joistinge of the greate chamber, settinge upp of the topp stones uppon the gable endes which were fallen down and new making of the creastes which were fallen down and rotted in diverse places, new working of sorles under the ballesters, over the tarrys, laying in of jollpeces in the side of the hall, trussing upp the somers with beams which were sunke doune in the presence and the gallery, drawing upp tholde roofe which was shrounke over the greate stayres by the king's lodginges, tylinge over the haule on both sides and the gallery, slating over the greate chamber and the presence chamber, new lathing with sheete lead and puttinge in of diverse peces and flashes of leade where nede required, sowdering over the chappell and the gutters of the Queene's lodginges, making and laying a new sesterne for carreinge the water from the double roofe over the chapple
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.15 Q 4 Item what Roomes of noate or name hath there beene in the said Honor howse; was there not a large Hall built with Irish Timber; a Chappell, Two Kitchins, a greate Chamber, & divers other Chambers & Buildings of greate largnes, a Portas Lodge & Two Stables; what other buildings belonged to the Antient Honor howse.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.1 Q4 4 To the Fowerth Interr he saith that in the said Mannor howse there was a large Hall of some [Forty]d five or six & forty foote in length built with Irish Tymber as he conceaveth, a Chappell, two kitchens th’one with three ranges and th’other with two [with larders & other offices to the quantity of eight bayes]i bayes of buildings, a greate Chamber & divers other Chambers & buildings of great largnes, a porters lodge, & twoe stables, and further saith that there were about seaven bayes of buildinge uppon the southe side of the Queenes stables leaded over, and one the North side of the hall there were about seaven or eight bayes of buildinge, and further saith that from the Sowth West parte to the North West parte of the said howse there was a walke of six bayes or there abouts with free stone ballasters and leaded over, and that there was alsoe a buttery of six bayes standinge east & west And that there was about ten or twelve bayes of buildinge more lyinge one the north side of the said howse shootinge east & west uncovered. And he further saith that there was alsoe one Tower with a handsome payre of stone stayres of some pretty height And he further saith that there were about six bayes of buildinge beween the upper court and the Middle Courte.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f. 1 Q. 5 To the Fifth Interr he saith that when he this deponent dwelt in the said howse there were three courts with buildings about them in good repayre, and he saith that the said buildings were standinge when Sir Francis Crane came first thither, and that a tyled howse of nine bayes next the streete, six bayes between the upper courte and middle courte tyled the buttery of six bayes tyled & about fower bayes of the Queenes stable tyled, one and twenty bayes of buildinge that had been formerly leadded, a tower leaded over and tenne bayes of buildinge more which were uncovered but the walls standing and a large porch were all pulled down & carried away & divers of the materialls as tymber and stone of the hall were likewise carried away All which doe conteyne to three score & twelve bayes of buildinge or there abouts And that the same were all carried away since the said Sir Francis Crane came thither And he further saith that the most parte of the said materialls were carried to Stoke Parke as he verely beleiveth and that the ground where the said buildings did stand is nowe devided into divers small courts and soe used.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.2 Q 3 - 6 To the third fourth fifth & sixth Interr she saith that at the tyme when the said Sir Francis Crane came to dwell at the said mannor howse the roomes next the Streete; the entry between the kitchen & Queenes Stable & divers other roomes adjoinenge thereunto the Longe gallery the greate chamber over the Cellar and many other roomes whose names shee knoweth not and alsoe a greate outward stable, and the Queenes stable were all covered and in reasonably good repayre and that the greatest parte of the Longe gallery, the gatehowse the Porters ward & below that a storehowse which was in good repayre the great Kitchen, the entry the Queenes stable & little [ease]i & the privy kitchen, a long tarras the Chappell, and Tower and other roomes behind the tower whose walls were standeinge a row of buildinge adjoynenge uppon the hall rangeing between the twoe inner courts the greate hall, another Tarras shooteing from the greate hall to the kitchen and another Tarras betweene the Courte and little gallery are all since taken downe and carryed away within these nine yeares by appoyntment of Sir Francis Crane as shee conceiveth because one Beddles Sir Francis Cranes servant said that he was to carry Warrants into the Countrye to the Constables to charge the countrye there abouts for carryinge away the same And that all the materialls were carried unto Stoke parke as she verily beleiveth because shee hath seen very many teames and carts loaden with the said materialls goe up Saunt hill neare to the said Parke And she further saith that the ground whereon the said buildings stood is devided into many several parts and employed to several uses. And shee further saith that the walls soe caryed away were of a greate height and thicknes and many windowes & Chimneyes in the said walls in good repayre.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f. 2 Q. 4 To the Fowerth Interr he saith that there was a large Hall and the roofe was of Irish Tymber but the same was taken downe before this deponents memory, a Chappell, 2 kitchens archedover a greate Chamber & divers other Chambers and buildings of very greate largenes two stables the one of seaven bayes and th’other of Five bayes, he was at the buildinge of that Stable of seaven bayes, And there was a greate building towards the woodyard wherein was twoe [greate]i Cant windowes And at least twentye bayes of king harry the eight his buildinge which was very sumptious buildinge were all standinge onely the roofe was wantinge Some parte of the walls beinge about six foote in thicknes and the rest about twoe foote & a halfe in thicknes.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f. 3 Q. 7 To the Seaventh Interr he saith that lead Tymber & Iron of the said buildings soe taken downe were layde up in Storehowses for he this deponent was one of the workmen that tooke some parte of the same downe and layde the same up. And that there was a longe entrye that went from the hall to the stable passing through many Roomes of twelve foote in height tenne foote broade and ten or Eleaven bayes longe which was filled full of tymber there was alsoe a Cellar under the greate Chamber conteyninge Fower bayes wherein was layde greate store of Tymber which was there said for conveniency of liftinge beinge very heavy timber, and there was likewise layde up in the said Cellar greate store of lead & Iron. And that there was likewise layd up in the said greate Chamber greate store of lead Iron barrs and Iron casements & other materialls And further he saith not to this Interr.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.3 Q. 11 To the Eleaventh Interr he saith that there was one fayre bricke wall which mounded one side of the hall the height whereof was thirty foote or thereabouts and Forty foote in length or thereabouts; and twoe foote and halfe thicke or thereabouts; there was another brick wall about Eleaven foote high and fower bayes longe or thereabouts that led to the greate Chamber; And that the privy Citchin was all arched with bricke: there were twoe walles in the gallery leading to Grafton Parke; the wall of the Streete side beinge nine foote high and the wall one the Pasture side beinge about thirteen foote high both of them beinge about one hundred poles [550 yards] in length and the bottome of the wall one the Pasture side was about fower foote high of free stone and all the rest of the said walls were made of bricke all which the said walls were standinge at the tyme of Sir Francis Cranes coming to the said howse; And that the said Walls are since pulled downe and carryed away by the said Sir Francis appoyntment, and that from the said Mannor howse And further to this Interr he cannot depose.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.3 Q.13 To the thirteenth Interr he saith that he hath seene the dore trees of the hall pulled downe and that the same were carryed away to Stoke Parke and further to this Interr he cannot depose.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.4 Q. 4 To the fowerth Interr he saithe that the walls of the greate hall were standinge to this deponents memorye and the walls of the Chappell were standinge and that there were twoe kitchins with twelve tunnells whereof nine were in the greate kitchin, and three in the other; three of which Tunnels fell downe and sixe others were since taken downe, and there was the greate Chamber and divers other Chambers and buildings of greate largnes: a Porters lodge three Stables whereof one of the said Stables was called the Queenes Stable the second stood by the woodyard gate and th’other neare the Churche yeard and divers other ancient buildinges the number whereof he cannot perticularly name And further to this Interr he cannot depose.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f. 5 Q. 13 to the tirteenth Interr he saith that there were many beckettes of Chimneys and the compasse peeces of the hall dore and some other compasse peeces of stone taken downe at the Charge of Sir Francis Crane & carryed to Stoke parke as he conceaveth.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.5 Q. 4 To the fowerth Interr he saithe that there was a very large hall belonginge to the current honnor howse of Grafton; there was alsoe a Chappell twoe Kichenes and divers chamber of greate largnes twoe stables, a Porters lodge, (as he hath heard) and that there was a very fayre tower and a staire case and divers other Roomes which this deponent cannot perticulerly name.
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.5 Q. 6 To the sixth Interr he saithe that after Sir Francis Crane came to live at the said honor howse that there was about fortye bayes of buildinge uncovered and the walls standinge when thes deponent came to worke there, (divers other bayes of buildinge haveinge beene formerly taken downe and carryed away to Stoke Parke as he hath heard the workemen say) And that some of the walls were fortye foote high, some thirty, and some twentye And that the end of the hall wall was made of bricks and was three score foote high, and that the said Walls were twoe foote thicke and some more & some lesse in thicknes and that some of the said Walls were very good and other some haveinge taken wet were decayed at the Top, And that the Wyndowes and Chimneyes in the said Walls were standinge and most of them were in good repayre And the Iron barrs and hockes were therein which Iron barrs this deponent was to be accomptable for at the takinge of the same downe which he can the better affirme because one John Freebody Sir Francis Cranes servant did take a note of this deponents hand to that purpose
1634 NRO Ph35288 Northampton Deposition f.6 Q. 13 To the thirteenthe Interr he saith that he this deponent did pull downe a payre of beckettes over the hall dore another payre in the howse where one Mary dwelt, another payre in the howse wherein one Norton dwelt, he alsoe tooke Downe the twoe Compasse peeces in the kitchin which were arched over with stone And that most of the Chimney peeces in the newe buildinge were taken downe [and also all the rest in the old buildings were taken downe]i when the walls thereof wee taken downe, only one excepted, And he further saith that the said [beckettes,]i Chimney peeces & compasse peeces of stone were carryed to Stoke Parke and cut apeeces to make windowe stuffe and for other uses there, all which was performed at the charge of the said Sir Francis Crane as he beleiveth And he further saith that all the stone that built all or the most parte of the dwellinge howse at stoke Parke came from Grafton he beinge a workman there.
1660 LR 2/ 222 ff. 135-151 All that capital messuage or mansion house consisting of one hall, parlor, kitchen and larder with six chambers over them, also certain other necessary little rooms aboute the house, being built out of the materialls of the ruines of the old house and was formerly the principall seat of the said honor with one brew house and 2 stables of 2 bayes of building with the chambers over them, one dovehouse, 2 courts, one fold yard, one orchard well planted, the town street being south and the churchyard east, 2 more closes called The Gallery and Bowling Green thereunto adjoining 3 acres 2 rods.