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Saunders Almshouses, Flamstead

Description: Saunders Almshouses

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 22 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 157796

OS Grid Reference: TL0783314611
OS Grid Coordinates: 507833, 214611
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8197, -0.4369

Location: High Street, Flamstead, Hertfordshire AL3 8BT

Locality: Flamstead
Local Authority: Dacorum Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL3 8BT

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Listing Text

TL 0714
(North side)
9/20 Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 7
(Saunders Almshouses) (Formerly listed
as Saunder's Almshouses)

Block of 4 almshouses. Stone plaque in middle of front engraved 'AnoDm/
1669". For Thomas Saunders of Beechwood. Reconditioned 1952, with
outshut set back at rear rebuilt. Narrow dark red brick in an unusually
early use of Flemish-bond. Steep old red tile roof. A long single-storey
block of 2 handed pairs of almshouses facing S. 2 large shared internal
chimneys symmetrically placed on ridge each with 2 conjoined lozenge
shaped diagonal shafts with corbelled caps. Moulded brick gable parapets
with square piers topped by ball finials at each apex and above each
corbelled brick kneeler. 4 windows S front with 2 pairs of round arched
chamfered brick doorways opposite the chimneys. Recessed square-headed
2-light windows with chamfered brick jambs and mullions (formerly
plastered to represent stone) and leaded glazing in metal frames
(renewed), oak plank doors. Excellent brickwork with bull-nose plinth
and brick eaves cornice with frieze. Moulded brick corbels to gable
kneelers, 2 large rectangles of stone over the western pair of doors may
have had armorial bearings. Stone set immediately under central
datestone may have inscription now illegible. Each single-cell house was
for a poor married couple. Entrance at jamb of fireplace. Beam runs from
front to back. Flat-roofed continuous rear outshut in red brick. (VCH
(1908)193: RCHM (1911)89: Kelly (1914)101: Pevsner (1977)143: RCHM

Listing NGR: TL0783314611

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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