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Real Tennis Court and Exhibition Centre, Hatfield

Description: Real Tennis Court and Exhibition Centre

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 December 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 158408

OS Grid Reference: TL2357008521
OS Grid Coordinates: 523570, 208521
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7617, -0.2109

Locality: Hatfield
Local Authority: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL9 5NH

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Listing Text

Old Hatfield
(west side)

15/145 Real Tennis Court and
Exhibition Centre


Real Tennis Court and Riding School, the latter now an exhibition
centre. Built 1840 by the Second Marquess of Salisbury. Facade
to Palace courtyard is a Tudor style composition with imitation
windows, 2 storeys and attics. Red brick. Plain tiles. 2
light blank windows faced with Welsh slate. Gables with
roundels. Left side projects forward slightly and has 2 gables
and a small gabled tower on right. 2 4-centre arch moulded brick
doorways. Right side has a crow-stepped gable over a 3-light
elliptical-arched 1st floor window. Similar right hand tower
completes the picturesque group. Plain brick rear elevations,
the tennis court with continuous upper-floor bands of sash
windows. Interior of tennis court has York stone floor with
original numbered markings painted on floor and walls. Sloping
roofs over 3 colonnaded viewing galleries. One of four or five
such courts in the country.

Listing NGR: TL2357008521

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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