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Nine Ashes Farm House Opposite the Lane to Hunsdonbury, Hunsdon

Description: Nine Ashes Farm House Opposite the Lane to Hunsdonbury

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 159927

OS Grid Reference: TL4170213186
OS Grid Coordinates: 541702, 213186
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7994, 0.0536

Location: Eastwick Road, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire SG12 8PL

Locality: Hunsdon
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG12 8PL

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Listing Text

(east side)

8/6 Nine Ashes Farm house
opposite the lane to
- Hunsdonbury


House. Early C19, incorporating part of Sir Thomas Forster's
brick late C16 house, extended and re modelled in Arts and Crafts
Style in later C19 (on OS 25" 1879). Large L-shaped 2 storeys
brick farmhouse facing W. Grey brick later C19 W range with
steep gabled tiled roof with cupola. Rear 2 storeys corridor
under flatter slate roof. N range early C19 in yellow brick with
hipped slate roof. Late C16 red brick, single storey building at
E end of N range, half sunk in ground and with steep hipped slate
roof, now a dairy. This has 3-light mullioned timber windows
with lattice leaded glazing and external wire grilles. W front
to irregular picturesque Arts and Crafts Style design with 5
windows. 2 half-timbered gables in centre with projecting verges
carried on shaped brackets. Large leaded casement window with
horizontal emphasis and moulded cornice, to 1st floor below each
gable. 4-light similar window to right on each floor. 7-light
canted wooden bay window with leaded lights and dentilled cornice
on Ground floor below each timbered gable. Tapering square
wooden cupola central, above ridge, with ogee lead roof, arched
open sides with moulded cornice, bell inside and tall tapering
finial with knob. 2 recessed sash windows of earlier house, on
left above projecting shallow square bay with French doors, and
above entrance beside lefthand bay window. Entrance with open
gabled tiled porch deliberately designed to appear to cut across
the contemporary classical pilastered doorcase with round-headed
doorway. Turned balusters in the sides of the porch. Interior
has panelled entrance hall with tiled fireplace and copper
repousse fire hood and finger plates with hearts. 2 early copper
light fittings, and original embossed strapwork ceiling covering
and foliate frieze. Dining room also formed in older N range
with added bay window, embossed ceiling and frieze and oak fire
surround with tall tapered uprights and large cyma cornice.
Drawing room and smoking room in front range have similar
details. The earlier brick house was built by the Judge Sir
Thomas Forster (tomb in church) probably remodelling on older
house called Deathe. A description in 1600 mentions the barns,
stabes and dovehouse still existing. Sold to Peter Calvert in
1675 and house pulled down by Nicolson Calvert in the early C19
(HLHS (1979) 35), and replaced by the present farmhouse as part
of the Hunsdon House Estate. Remodelled when it was part of the
Bonnington's Estate probably by Mr Baxendale. A large
picturesque C19 farmhouse of special interest incorporating part
of a C16 house, enlarged and altered in Arts and Crafts Style
with original interiors remaining. Part of historic farm group.

Listing NGR: TL4170213186

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Source: English Heritage

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