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Breakspear College, Abbots Langley

Description: Breakspear College

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 158681

OS Grid Reference: TL0964502242
OS Grid Coordinates: 509645, 202242
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7082, -0.4145

Location: Hanover Gardens, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AA

Locality: Abbots Langley
Local Authority: Three Rivers District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WD5 0AA

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Listing Text

(Southeast side)
Abbots Langley

11/35 Breakspear College
1 .9.53 (formerly listed as
Langley House)


Large house, now college. c.1770 rebuilding of an earlier house.
Extended and stuccoed c.1830. Altered and extended C20. Rendered and
roughcast brick. Slate roofs. Double depth, 3:5:3. 3 storey centre block
with 2 storey wings. Steps up to central entrance, part glazed door with
rectangular fanlight, Roman Doric pilasters to pedimented doorcase.
Flanking 8 pane sashes in entrance bay. Outer bays have large glazing
bar sashes in reveals with architraves on rendered ground floor. High
plinth with blocked cellar openings. Upper storeys roughcast with
rendered plat bands, first floor recessed glazing bar sashes with
segmental headed architraves, smaller second floor sashes. Boxed eaves.
End stacks and 1 ridge stack to right of centre. 3 bay links with inner
bays set back slightly, glazing bar sashes, 1 on ground floor blocked in
each wing. Cornices to parapets. Roofs hipped on wings. 2 bay left
return has a large ground floor bow with 3 tripartite sashes,
balustraded balcony to first floor. Garden front is similar with
entrance recessed with panelled reveals, similar doorcase. Ground floor
left, C20 2 light casements in reveals. Ground floor right a canted bay
with architraved casements. Between ground and first floors to centre is
a pseudo-Venetian staircase window, key blocked central arch. Wing to
right has ground floor recess with 2 pseudo-Doric columns in antis to a
tiled early C20 summer-house with a plasterwork ceiling. To right a
tripartite sash with framing half columns and pseudo-Doric entablature.
Three first floor sashes. To far left beyond 3 bay wing are 2 further
bays, lower with sashes in reveals. To entrance front this block
projects slightly, altered openings, parapet, roof hipped to front.
Interior not inspected. Formerly known as Langley House. The present
name commemorates Nicholas Breakspear, born in Abbots Langley, who, as
Adrian IV, became the only English Pope in 1154. Further C20 additions
to far right are not of special interest. (Pevsner 1977).

Listing NGR: TL0964502242

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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