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Amersfort, with Forecourt Walls, and Linked Terraces and Loggia on South East, Nettleden with Potten End

Description: Amersfort, with Forecourt Walls, and Linked Terraces and Loggia on South East

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 157972

OS Grid Reference: TL0102908575
OS Grid Coordinates: 501029, 208575
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7667, -0.5373

Location: The Common, Nettleden, Hertfordshire HP4 2QF

Locality: Nettleden with Potten End
Local Authority: Dacorum Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HP4 2QF

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Listing Text

POTTEN END (South side)
Potten End

5/193 Amersfort, with forecourt
- walls, and linked terraces
and loggia on SE


Large house. 1911 by Ernest Willmott for W.S. Cohen, garden said to be
by Gertrude Jekyll. 'WSC' and '1911' alternate on rainwater heads.
Narrow plum brick in English garden wall bond with red brick dressings,
deep plastered eaves cove, and steep hipped red tile roofs. A
symmetrical, 2-storeys and attics, Queen Anne Style house, facing NW
with formal axial approach and gardens terraced down slope to SE. H-plan
with 2-storeys central porch on NW and single-storey service wing at NE
end. 9-windows wide entrance front has 4 hipped dormers, 2-light flush
oak windows with small pane metal casements and flat tile arches to 1st
floor, and deeper flush oak sash windows with 12/12 panes under similar
flat arches to ground floor. Red brick plinth, floor band, rusticated
quoins to wings and upper part of porch, and channelled rustication with
moulded impost band to lower part of porch. Round arches, hollow
moulded, rusticated entrance with double keystone to groin vaulted porch
with 3 moulded steps to stone paved interior and moulded shouldered Bath
stone surround with keystone to wide 2-panel raised and fielded oak
door. Tall rectangular red brick internal chimneys with shallowy arched
faces. Garden front raised on tall flint and brick terrace wall. 5
windows wide centre with 5 hipped dormers and projecting wings with
2-bays groin-vaulted loggia on ground floor of each. 2-light oak
casements to 1st floor and tall flush box sash windows to ground floor
with 12/16 panes and French doors to central opening. Rusticated quoins
and arches to wings. SW end 4 windows wide with oak balcony to 1st floor
backed by a shallow arched recess with stone female head as keystone
and arched cove below over a coved semi-circular niche of fine gauged
brickwork. Segmental headed sash windows to ground floor flank niche
with rusticated round arched entrance to loggia on RH and similar
rusticated recess on LH with circular window. Brick piers and oak
pergola linked to W forecourt wall. Oak paling fence tops walls in N
half of forecourt. Interior has main rooms facing SE entered from long
stone-floored wide corridor with timbered ceiling along NW side. From
this the oak closed-string staircase with turned balusters is reached
through a Doric archway in Palladian motif at W end. Raised and fielded
2-panel doors to panelled Sitting Room with segmental pedimented
cabinets flanking the fireplace, bolection moulded Dining Room with
coved niches flanking C18 style fire surround, and groin-vaulted Library
with Dutch tiled surround to fireplace and panelled pilasters to
bookcases. White glazed walls, stone floor, and elegant wooden dresser
to Kitchen facing NW at NE corner of house. Symmetrical terraces step
down to SE of house with raised narrow terraces to NE and SW terminating
in bowed SE projections with winding external stair at NE and enclosing
an arched loggia at SE. (Ernest Willmott RIBA English House Design
Batsford, London (1911), plates 8 and 9).

Listing NGR: TL0102908575

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Source: English Heritage

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