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The Bell Public House, Benington

Description: The Bell Public House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 159621

OS Grid Reference: TL2992723569
OS Grid Coordinates: 529927, 223569
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8955, -0.1132

Location: Town Lane, Benington, Hertfordshire SG2 7LA

Locality: Benington
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG2 7LA

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Listing Text

(south side)

11/22 No 4
(The Bell PH)



House, already an inn by 1693, now a PH. Late medieval hall
house with long W wing, hall rebuilt in mid Cl7 as 2 storeys with
central chimney and jettied E crosswing. Altered in mid C19.
Timber frame with basketwork panelled pargetting and
weatherboarded apron. Steep old red tile roofs hipped with
gablet at E end. 2 storeys range facing N with central chimney
backing onto cross passage at W end with twin service doors (one
retains 4-centred arched head) into 2 storeys W crosswing,
jettied to N and with large external lateral chimney on N
servicing large N room formerly separated by a passage from S
room. Cl7 E wing less deep with space for stair behind front
room. Lean-to rear extensions. Assymetrical N front with one
window to upper floor of each gabled and jettied crosswing and
one to centre. 3 windows to ground floor with door to cross
passage in the angle with the W wing (6 panel: 2 flush, 2 sunk, 2
glazed) under flat hood on shaped brackets, and more recent
central door to public bar (2 panels and half-glazed above) with
similar hood. C19 2-light and 3-light flush casement windows
with small panes on ground floor, except 6-light range to W wing
with flap-down external shutter. Heavy bull-nosed joists and
corner brackets to each jetty, exposed purlin ends to clasped
purlin roofs. Tall T-plan red brick central chimney a third from
W gable of hall range. 4-light ovolo-moulded Cl7 window on E
end. Interior has large open fireplace in hall with a wall
painting cl?20 over of a stag hunt in a wooded undulating
landscape with mounted hunters and hounds. Ovolo moulded axial
beam supported by chimney. Heavy, flat-laid exposed joists in NW
room. Large early C18 corner cupboard in NE room with fielded
and panelled doors. Cl7 staircase and exposed timber structure
on 1st floor. Doors with strap hinges on hooks. Wide
floorboards. Of special interest for ancient structure and c1720
wall painting. (RCHM Typescript)

Listing NGR: TL2992723569

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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