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Layston Court, Buntingford

Description: Layston Court

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 159753

OS Grid Reference: TL3626829493
OS Grid Coordinates: 536268, 229493
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9472, -0.0187

Locality: Buntingford
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 9AQ

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Listing Text

(east side)

7/11 No 20
(Layston Court)


Grammar school and master's house, now one house. School built
1630-3 for Elizabeth Freeman of Aspenden Hall, re-endowed 1684 by
Bishop Seth Ward and Lady Jane Barkham, house early C18 added at
right angles. Used as school up to 1877, subsequently altered
and S wing added. School in red brick and English-bond with
stone windows and steep old red tile roof. House timber framed
and plastered with a hipped old red tile roof stucco S wing
extension. A large rectangular brick school building facing W
with moulded gable parapets and unusual projecting gable chimneys
with short octagonal shafts linked by a heavy capping. Chamfered
plinth and a tall, single-storey front with deep eaves band,
transomed ovolo moulded windows and a fine brick-pedimented,
rusticated, round-arched central entrance. Hollow-chamfered tie-
beams supported by curved braces from hollow-chamfered wallposts
carry the butt-purlin oak roof with collar-trusses. Scratch-
moulded panelling in N bay of 3, may indicate the original
master's accommodation specified in the 1633 Will as under one
roof with the school room for 25 boys. An attic floor was
inserted with large gabled dormer windows before 1830 (Buckler
dwg. in HRO). An early C20 lean-to porch covers the pedimented
entrance, with a bay window to the right, and the brick work of
the front plastered. The rear is less altered but the stone
transomed ovolo-moulded windows may replace plastered brick ones
noted by VCH c.1914. Early C18 master's house of 2 storeys, 4
windows wide with flush box sash windows, taller on Ground floor,
of 6/6 panes. Tall Doric pilastered wooden doorcase with fluted
pilasters and keystone beneath triglyph frieze and panelled hood.
Door leads into a lofty Ground floor room possibly a former
schoolroom. (RCHM (1911)139: VCH (1914)80: Pevsner (1977)118:
RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3626529496

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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