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Description: The Old Forge
Date Listed: 19 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 157917
OS Grid Reference: TL0357210632
OS Grid Coordinates: 503572, 210632
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7848, -0.4999
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GREAT GADDESDEN LEIGHTON BUZZARD ROAD (A4146)
10/138 The Old Forge
House and forge attached, now all one house. C16, forge c.1700, brick
front mid C19. Timber frame on red brick sill, infilled with red brick
of different periods, front rebuilt in red brick, red colourwashed.
Steep old red tile roofs. A 3-bays, 1½ storeys, former open hall house,
set back from road, facing E, with structural closed partitions defining
the longer hall-bay, chamfered and stopped joists and axial beam in N
parlour-bay, S bay still part open to roof as is tall timber framed
forge building extending to rear and enclosing NW corner of house. C19
brick front has short gabled projection in middle, a door to right of
projection and a window beyond it. Window to each floor of projection
and gabled dormer RH. Tall later C17 brick chimney on ridge a third from
S end, with corbelled top. 3-light lattice leaded casement windows under
cambered gauged red brick arches. Exposed frame of wide spaced studs at
rear, with irregular windows and gabled dormers at eaves. Entrance by
battened door in angle of wings into forge protected by a tiled pentice
extending over rectangular C20 bay window to former forge, which has
dark weatherboarding on gable and a large external gable chimney.
C18/C19 N external gable chimney to house. Interior has chamfered and
stopped beam but plain squared joists to inserted floor in hall-bay,
large open fireplace with C16 unclassical reeding-moulded lintel jointed
into timber upright at W end. Clasped-purlin roof with straight braces
and jowled posts. Edge-halved scarf joint in wallplate. Wooden floor to
parlour but no cellar. Front door now opens into parlour.
Listing NGR: TL0611511986
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