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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

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With the exception of a few farmhouses and mill master’s dwellings, houses face directly onto the road, sometimes with a small front garden and are built at a high density with small back yards or gardens. Development is linear and closely follows the line of the main thoroughfares with a few short dead end streets and lanes leading to nearby hamlets branching off. Roofs are pitched parallel to the road and are not interrupted by dormer or velux windows.

conservation-area-p2There is a fine grain of development with different building types and ages sat side by side and few areas dominated by the same building use. At Wilsden Hill, buildings reside in mixed function clusters, typically consisting of farmhouse, barn(s) and cottage(s). The oldest buildings in the conservation area are seventeenth century farmhouses, namely the Grade II Listed Lee Farm and Manor House Farm which both feature vernacular detailing such as coped stone roofs, chamfered openings, dripmoulds, hoodmoulds and rows of windows set between double chamfered mullions.

Most of the former farmhouses adjoining Wilsden Hill Road are set behind fairly large gardens, giving the road an open green aspect which is complemented by the agricultural fields in the vicinity. The few barns in Wilsden have large segmental cart entrances, often chamfered, ventilators, kneelers and a restraint in the number and size of other openings. The agricultural fields between Wilsden Hill and the village constitute the largest open spaces in the conservation area. The paths running through them provide access between the two places while their open and green aspect means they form an important setting and buffer for Wilsden Hill.