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Digswell House Arts Centre, Welwyn Garden City

Description: Digswell House Arts Centre

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 December 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 158246

OS Grid Reference: TL2374414869
OS Grid Coordinates: 523744, 214869
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8188, -0.2061

Location: Monks Rise, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 7NX

Locality: Welwyn Garden City
Local Authority: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL8 7NX

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Listing Text

(south side)
Digswell House Arts Centre
(formerly listed as
Digswell House)
TL 21 SW 1/5 29.12.50


Circa 1807. Built by Samuel Wyatt for Lord Cowper after the demolition of the mediaeval
mansion a few years previously. A classical block of 2 storeys in brown stone,
rendered and painted, with a replaced hipped slate roof. North (entrance) front
has 5 windows in plain reveals, the centre 3 windows set in a slightly advanced
bay under a simple pediment. Band at first floor cills. The front door, now entirely
glazed, is enclosed by a severe Doric porch with 2 columns supporting a simple projecting
cornice below a flat roof. Later C19 brick wing added to the north east. Rendered
plinth. The south front is enriched by a very shallow portico of 4 tall Ionic columns
that run the whole height of the house and support an undecorated entablature.
Above this runs a low parapet, stepped slightly over the central pair of columns.
The outer windows on the ground floor are of the C19 3-light type, set in shallow
round-headed recesses. Plain panels are sunk above the central 3 windows, in order
to relieve the voids between the storeys. The west end is a plain wall with 3 windows.
All windows have hung sashes with glazing bars.

Listing NGR: TL2374414869

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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