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Martins, Nettleden with Potten End

Description: Martins

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 157986

OS Grid Reference: TL0167408778
OS Grid Coordinates: 501674, 208778
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7685, -0.5279

Location: 2 Hempstead Lane, Nettleden, Hertfordshire HP4 2QQ

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

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Listing Text

POTTEN END (South side)
Potten End

5/205 Martins

- II

House. Later C16; hall floored and SW wing added early C17; stair hall,
rear parlour and chamber over probably in stages in mid C19 (for John
Edward Lane (1808-1889) who is recorded as making alterations in 1839
when he first leased the house and more extensive works in 1853 when he
added porches, roughcast the whole building and replaced old leaded
casements by sash windows); C20 lower E end extension. Timber frame on
black stucco plinth, rendered and lined as ashlar, Victorian rear part
of red brick similarly rendered. Steep old red tile roofs with half-hip
at W end. A 2-storeys house facing N, set back from road, formerly
facing onto common. 4 upper windows, 3 ground floor windows and one in
lean-to enclosed porch. Flush Yorkshire sliding casements with small
panes, but casements to left of porch. W gable end has 2 flush 2-light
casements to 1st floor and 3-light Yorkshire sliding casement to ground
floor. 2-storeys, one-bay SW wing has lower floor level, triple casement
to 1st floor on W side with a 5-light Yorkshire sliding casement below.
Its S gable end has 2-light Yorkshire sliding casement to 1st floor and
3-light below. Original ceiling beam suggests this wing had a garret in
the roof. Taller C19 gabled rear wing projects further, with gabled
porch, 2 flush sash windows to 1st floor with 8/8 panes, similar to
right of porch protecting a half-glazed panelled door. One sash window
to each floor on E flank of C19 wing. C20 E extension has 2-storeys on N
front but runs down to 1½ storeys at rear with a gabled dormer above the
French doors. Interior has exposed timber frame and floor beams of a
3-bays house with full-height structural partitions defining a central
hall-bay presumably open to the roof until a floor was inserted carried
on an axial beam with ovolo moulding and bar-stops dateable to c.1620.
The end-bays have chamfered axial beams with hollow stops and squared
joists are exposed in W bay. Jowled posts, straight braces, straight
tension braces in rear wall, squint-butted scarf joints in wallplates,
wide-spaced wall-studs, curved tension braces in partition walls.
Clasped-purlin roof with straight and curved wind-braces, collar and
queen-strut trusses. Ovolo moulded axial beam on 1st floor of SW wing
similar to that in hall but with hollow stops. A cross-passage is
partitioned from the E end of the hall bay but this arrangement may date
only from C19. Internal chimney between W and middle bay: rear lateral
chimney to E bay: chimney at junction of SW wing with main house. The
house was owned by the Ewar family in a survey of 1607, changed hands to
Howe family in 1669, formed part, of the bequest forming the Balshaw
Charity in 1782 and was sold to the Ashridge Estate in 1863. A plant and
tree nursery business was started in 1858 by John Edward Lane who was
already living in the house, and this became the celebrated Balshaw
Nurseries of Potten End. (Bryant (1982) III 2, VI 5).

Listing NGR: TL0167408778

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Source: English Heritage

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