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Farmhouse at Rooks Nest Farm, Walkern

Description: Farmhouse at Rooks Nest Farm

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 159702

OS Grid Reference: TL2868725875
OS Grid Coordinates: 528687, 225875
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9165, -0.1303

Location: B1037, Walkern, Hertfordshire SG2 7NS

Locality: Walkern
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG2 7NS

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Listing Text

TL 2825 WALKERN Finches End
(west side)

8/3 Farmhouse at
Rooks Nest Farm
20.10.52 (formerly listed as
Rooks Nest Farmhouse)


House. Mid Cl7 front range; rear wing later, possibly 1701;
brewhouse wing at NE C19. Red brick, in English-bond in front
range. N side of rear wing timber framed and jettied with brick
infill, coursed below but herring-bone pattern above line of
former lean-to roof. Steep old red tile roofs. Originally a
2 storeys and attic, cruciform, lobby-entry, central chimney
plan house (probably with earlier service wing to rear). Hall
on S and parlour on N with a 2-storeys porch balancing the rear
stair turret on opposite sides of the large central chimney.
Rear wing a SW of 2 storeys has a brick inscribed 'RC 1701'
in S wall. This has a large formerly external chimney in the
middle of its N side, where the later 4-bay brewhouse projects
to N. Symmetrical E front with massive central chimney with
4 diagonal square shafts, gabled orch with 3-light plastered
brick mullioned window with brick label over wide square-headed
chamfered doorway. 3-panel door with leaded fanlight. A 4-light
mullioned and transomed leaded casement window on each side of
porch on each floor. Chamfered brick plinth and brick corbels
at ends of front eaves. 3-light mullioned timber windows to
attic and 2 floors in S gable, recessed under segmental arches.
Flush wooden casement windows to rear wing. Interior has chamfered
cross-beams, scratch moulded panelling with upper lozenge-carved
panels to stair enclosure, 4-centred fireplaces in S room and
room over, and plastered fireplace with fluted C18 cast iron
basket grate in chamber over N room. Clasped purlin roof with
curved wind braces exposed in stair turret. Staircase has elabor-
ately moulded square finials and splat balusters at landings.
(RCHM (1911) 225: VCH (1912) 151: Pevsner (1977) 373: RCHM

Listing NGR: TL2868725875

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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