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The Pump House, Hunsdon

Description: The Pump House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 159971

OS Grid Reference: TL4181814172
OS Grid Coordinates: 541818, 214172
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8082, 0.0557

Location: 32 High Street, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire SG12 8NT

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

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Listing Text

(east side)
Hunsdon village

7/10 No 16 (The Pump House)
and No 18, (Formerly
24.1.67 listed as The Pump House)


House. Probably C16, modernised in C17 and altered to give a
near symmetrical E-shaped elevation in the C18, and new windows
and porch in the early C19. A large 2 storeys, 4 windows
plastered house with a steep old red tiled roof, extending to
rear along Drury Lane on the left. A grand timberframed house
with lower, 2 storeys, cross wings and originally probably an
open hall. Made 2 storeys throughout and given a large cruciform
central chimney near the centre of the hall range and a T-shaped
internal gable chimney at the rear of the S wing, all in the C17.
Covered with plaster lined as ashlar in the C18 and the roofs of
the wings altered to continuations of the main tiled roof with
moulded dentilled eaves cornice and cable-moulded string course
across the recessed centre part. Early C19 sash windows, square
in proportion, with moulded architraves to front. Pilastered and
pedimented closed porch with Regency style door with 2 vertical
panels. 10/10 panes to Ground floor windows flanking the porch
and smaller 8/8 panes above. A glazed door has been added beside
the window of the lefthand wing (No. 18) as a separate entrance.
C18 tiled gables canopy to side door to Drury Lane in the form of
a modillioned open pediment on heavy shaped brackets. 3 window,
2 storeys rear wing plastered similarly but roof of lower pitch.
Blocked door before last window. Original N end wall exposed in
shop showing heavy timbers and tension brace. Recorded as The
Feathers in 1637, a smithy in 1671 and later a coachmakers and a
buiders (HLHS (1979) 35-6). The blocked carriageway and part of
the 2 storeys C18/C19 weatherboarded and slated range extending N
along the High Street are part of No 18. The part'nearest The
Pump House has different floor levels and has a flush sash window
on the upper floor with 4/8 panes and moulded architrave. A
modern 3-light bay window with small panes protrudes slightly on
the Ground floor. An historic timberframed house of exceptional
interest: The largest house in the village. A focus of the High
Street at a bend, by the Pump, in the middle of the village
Conservation Area.

Listing NGR: TL4181814172

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Source: English Heritage

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