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Abbots Lodge, Ledbury

Description: Abbots Lodge

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 5 November 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 151829

OS Grid Reference: SO7121137706
OS Grid Coordinates: 371211, 237706
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0370, -2.4211

Location: Church Road, Ledbury, County of Herefordshire HR8 1DP

Locality: Ledbury
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR8 1DP

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Listing Text

(south side)
Abbots Lodge


House. C15; extended C16; probably remodelled in C17; extended C18 and extended and remodelled early C19. Timber-framed and brick. Slate gable-ended and hipped roofs. Brick axial stacks. PLAN: Overall E-shaped plan. The original house comprised the 3-bay NW wing (the hall range) with at least two of its bays open to the roof, and the north three bays of the east range forming a cross-wing with a 2-bay first floor chamber open to the roof In about the C16 a 3-bay range was added to the south end of the east cross-wing, its south end bay was a smoke-bay, probably serving as a kitchen; on the west side of which a 2-storey 2-bay wing was built in the early to mid C18. In the early C19 a large brick wing was built on the SW corner and the interior of the original house was remodelled to form a spacious central staircase and principal rooms in the east range. Later in the C19 the SW wing appears to have been heightened to three storeys and two large bay windows and a porch were added to the east front of the east wing. EXTERIOR: 2 storey 4-bay north front with gabled cross-wing on left and small gable and centre; various mullion-transom windows and casements, glazed door to left, passageway on right and circa early C19 brick coach house attached to cross-wing on left. West elevation faces courtyard; C 18 2-storey brick wing at centre with 16-pane sash on first floor and lean-to addition on its right (S) side. Higher ground level has resulted in a single-storey 4-window east front with two large Victorian canted and square bay windows with gabled porch between; 2 storeys on left with mullion-transom window in small gable. Set back on left (S) large 3-storey brick wing with hipped slate roof, brick dentil eaves, sashes with glazing bars, casements on second floor and tall stair window with pointed arch; C20 conservatory on south side. INTERIOR: Largely the result of C18 and C19 remodelling. Principal rooms in east wing with moulded ceiling cornices and marble chimneypieces, and wide open-well staircase between with stick balusters and moulded mahogany handrail ramped up to slender column newels. C18 and C19 joinery includes panelled doors and moulded architraves. First floor chamber in NW wing has plaster vaulted ceiling, above which is the hall roof, at least two of the three bays were open to the roof, the tie-beam and collar truss to the east of centre elaborately decorated with cusps and foils to the raking struts and collar; the roof to the west appears to have been rebuilt in the C17, but the splayed posts of the truss to the west of centre are visible. The wall-plates continue into the cross-wing as tie-beams. The 3-bay cross-wing roof is complete, tie-beam and collar trusses, the north bay separated by a closed truss, the truss between the centre and south bays has a chamfered arch-braced collar truss over the first floor chamber. 3-bay roof of C16 addition to south with tie-beam and collar truss. The C18 wing on the west side of the C16 3-bay range has a 2-bay tenoned purlin roof with a king-post truss. SOURCE: RCHME Survey Report: NBR No 96954; surveyed September 1998. (Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, Inventory of Herefordshire II East, 1932, Vol.2).

The previous list entry read:

(South Side)
Abbots Lodge
SO 7137 NE 2/19


C17. Timber framed with brick panels. Tiled roof. 1 storey with dormer. Various
casements. Altered and modernised. L-shaped on plan. Long timber-framed range
to south east with slated roof and Victorian bay windows. And a large C18 addition
in red brick, on south, with brick dentil eaves, tiled hipped roof, three storeys,
asymmetrical, sashes and casements with glazing bars in segmental headed openings.
RCHM (7).

Ivy Cottage, Mavollry, The Old Tennery, and Cottage occupied by Mrs Willisms, Church
House and Abbots Lodge form a group.

Listing NGR: SO7121137706

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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