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Tanners, Hunsdon

Description: Tanners

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 159977

OS Grid Reference: TL4163314054
OS Grid Coordinates: 541633, 214054
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8072, 0.0529

Location: High Street, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire SG12 8NH

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

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Listing Text

(west side)
Hunsdon village

7/16 No. 5
No 7 (Tanners)


House, now 2 houses. C16 or earlier, timberframed and plastered
H-plan hall house: altered in the later C17 to a lobby-entry,
central chimney house with chimney at upper end of hall, floor
inserted in hall, roofs of hall and parlour wing rebuilt and
spiral stair in service wing (now No 5). 3 houses in later C19:
now 2 with hall and N wing as No 7. 2 storeys, 3 windows
asymmetrical front with 2 storeys cross wings projecting to front
and back. Steep old red tile gabled roofs with cusped
bargeboards. Large C17 cruciform central chimney (top rebuilt)
and later side chimney to S wing. Single and 2 storeys C19
additions at rear of hall range, lower slated. 3-light leaded
mullioned windows with iron plate casements to cross wings (no 5
has an attic) and a 4-light similar window on each floor of the
hall range. To right of the window, a fine C18 8-panel raised
and fielded door with moulded architrave and flat hood enriched -
with egg and dart carving. On N flank of N wing a blocked
entrance with moulded surround and enriched console brackets. A
series of soot blackened rafters, presumably from the hall range,
are re-used in the 3-bay clasped purlin roof of the N cross wing.
The hall has a butt purlin roof with collar trusses set on older
walls having a wide bay flanked by_narrow bays for chimney and
former cross passage. The S wing retains its C16 wind braced side
purlin roof. The rear wall of the N cross wing has heavy straight
tension braces exposed inside on the upper floor. Well-finished
3-bay structure with chamfered and stopped posts, rails and cross
and axial beams on both floors. Divided into a 2-bay heated
front room and l-bay unheated rear room on each floor. The hall
(dining room) as a 2-panel door to the staircase, a scratch
moulded 8-panel oak door to the lobby (both with fine brass case
locks) and a cased axial beam and moulded dado rail. Modern fire
surround. Chamber over the hall has chamfered and stopped
ceiling beams, swept jowled posts, C18 2-panel cupboard door and
ovolo moulded fire surround. Stepped jowled post in passage
chamfered and stopped. Marked on the 1842 Tithe Map as a
farmhouse named Tanners House, surrounded by farm buildings. A
C16 or earlier timberframed former hall house of exceptional
interest with many historic features. Centrepiece of a
picturesque group at the S part of the village Conservation Area.

Listing NGR: TL4163314054

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Source: English Heritage

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