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The Lordship, Cottered

Description: The Lordship

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 159869

OS Grid Reference: TL3189829194
OS Grid Coordinates: 531898, 229194
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9456, -0.0824

Location: B1037, Cottered, Hertfordshire SG9 9PT

Locality: Cottered
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 9PT

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Listing Text

(south side)

5/15 The Lordship



Manor House. Early-mid C15 (probably for John Fray who held the
manor 1428-1461: VCH (1912) 229), altered in early C17 (possibly
by Edward Pulter between 1600 and 1608), chimney dated 1699,
later modernizations when used as a farmhouse. Timber frame on
low red brick sill, roughcast with steep old red tile roofs. W
gable of hall refaced in brick. An irregular 2 storeys, former
open hall and E crosswing house facing N with a 2-storeys C17
gabled porch inthe angle of the wings, tall 2-storeys Cl7 E
extension on axis of hall and lower, slightly later, 2-storeys
gabledNE wing projecting to front. Tall red brick C17 chimneys
on rear wall of hall and E side of original crosswing - the
latter with 2 tall diagonal shafts. Flush casement windows with
mullions and leaded glazing renewed. E wing and porch are
jettied to the front and the gables have dripboards across at
eaves level. Interior shows complete arrangement of an unusually
wide-span hall of 2-bays and cross-passage with spere truss,
crown-post roof, and triple doorways in screens passage, the
higher central doorway probably for a staircase to the great
chamber at the N of the crosswing and a lesser S chamber. A
hollow chamfered tie beam formerly supported a crown-post roof
over the wing. W bay of hall probably floored over first.
Crosswing remodelled c1600-08 with panelled parlour at front on
ground floor, new chimney serving both floors, and wall paintings
on the upper floor of elaborate classical scrollwork with
grotesque profile masks in black line and grey, white and
yellow. Triangular motifs decorate the close-spaced timbers
between the vertical panels. Further service rooms were built on
the E end. Hall finally floored over and large external S
chimney built in late C18. Other special features include
pilastered C17 fire surround with carved arcaded overmantle in
ground floor parlour of crosswing and fine octagonal crown posts
over hall large with moulded caps and bases, 4-way bracing and
embattled moulding to crown-post of open-truss. A fine mid C15
manor house with original structure and early C17 wallpaintings.
(RCHM (1911) 84: VCH (1912) 227-8: Pevsner (1977) 134: RCHM

Listing NGR: TL3189829194

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Source: English Heritage

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