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Waterbridge, Aston

Description: Waterbridge

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 159589

OS Grid Reference: TL2857121412
OS Grid Coordinates: 528571, 221412
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8765, -0.1337

Location: Frogmore Hill, Aston, Hertfordshire SG14 3RR

Locality: Aston
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG14 3RR

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Listing Text

Frogmore Hill
(east side)

3/21 Waterbridge

- II*

House. C16 or earlier open hall house, late C16 inserted floor
and Cl7 central chimney, restored in early c20 probably by
Forsyth & Maule. Timber frame on red brick sill. Roughcast
infill between exposed close-studding. Some red brick infill on
ground floor to right of door. Steep old red tile roofs. A
classic open hall house facing N with 2 storeys jettied crosswing
at W. 3-bay hall range with E room partitioned off and long
cranked braces to cranked tie-beam of open truss of hall. 5-
light diamond mullioned window in rear wall of hall. Upper floor
of 2-bay crosswing divided at middle truss but evidence for
ground floor ambiguous. Deeply chamfered axial beam and cross
beam of hall floor suggest a smoke-hood before present Cl7
chimney built converting house to a lobby entry plan. Back-to-
back fireplaces heat narrow E room and the hall. Chamfered and
stopped joists, axial in end room but carried by axial beams in
hall. N front has 5 small casement flush windows and a gabled
open timber porch (renewed) with carved date '1518'. Projecting
wing to right has heavy corner brackets to the jetty. L-shaped
tall red brick central chimney. Later external chimney on W side
of crosswing serving front half. Small timber-framed tiled
projections at W and S c1920 in keeping. Moulded and panelled
oak door with open gabled porch at E end. Interior has cranked
tension braces trenched through inner face of close-studding in
exterior walls in both main range and wing. Clasped purlin roofs
with queen strut and collar trusses. Chamfered and hogged
lintols to open fireplaces. Timber frame exposed inside and
outside. A most interesting complete late medieval house.

Listing NGR: TL2857121412

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Source: English Heritage

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