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Description: Victoria House
Date Listed: 19 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 159788
OS Grid Reference: TL3623129474
OS Grid Coordinates: 536231, 229474
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9471, -0.0193
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TL 3629 BUNTINGFORD HIGH STREET
19.10.51 No 41, (Victoria House)
22.2.67 and No 43
Inn, now a house (41) and a shop (43). Front range C15
incorporating earlier N crosswing, C16 NW wing, front altered in
early C18. Timber frame plastered at front, roughcast or dark
weatherboarded rear parts. Steep old red tile roofs. A large 2-
storeys U-shaped group, formerly the Angel Inn, with carriageway
entrance to yard in the centre, and early C19 stair tower added
in rear angle with jettied NW wing. Twin hollow-moulded blocked
service doors on N side of carriageway and mortices for an axial
partition in the bay to N suggest the cariageway represents the
lower bay of the hall with parlour at S end with hipped later W
extension. The front has a lower jettied and gabled crosswing at
N end with rectangular oriel window on bold brackets to 1st floor
and C19 3-light shop window and half-glazed door. More elaborate
plasterwork on the rest of the front, with a deep coved cornice
below the higher continuous front jetty, 6 foliate brackets,
rusticated quoins to Ground floor, flush box triple sash windows
with small panes flanking the carriageway, a 6-panel door (No 41)
with Gibbs surround, exaggerated triple keystone and triangular
pediment, a flush box sash window on left of door with moulded
surround and 6/6 panes in broad glazing bars. Upper part in fan
pargetting with 4 flush box sash windows with 6/6 panes, and
overhanging eaves. Crown-post roof along front range with square
posts and axial bracing to collar purlin. Remains of
wallpaintings on Ground floor of No 41 around fireplace, of 2
periods. Earlier, ones of skillfull execution and solid colour
with 2 angels holding Scrope arms on a shield and shield of the
Trinity. Figure of saint between and sunburst patterned ground.
Later work to left overlaps earlier work. Classical early C17
ornament, semi-nude shrouded figure and Roman lettered
inscription. Elaborate moulded fireplace lintol. Interior of No
43 has exposed close-studding, tension braces, and heavy flat
joists. (RCHM (1911)140 No 13: RCHM Typescript).
Listing NGR: TL3622229480
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Source: English Heritage
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