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Old House, Hunsdon

Description: Old House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 160004

OS Grid Reference: TL4181414435
OS Grid Coordinates: 541814, 214435
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8106, 0.0557

Location: 8 Widford Road, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire SG12 8NW

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

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Listing Text

(east side)

7/1 No 6
(Old House)
(Formerly listed
4.12.51 as Ye Olde House)

- II*

House. Late medieval (RCHM Tpescript), T-plan hall house, with 2
storeys cross wing on right: large central chimney, stair tower
and floor inserted in halli'n1681 (date on parlour fireplace
lintel): single storey modern additions at rear and each end.
Timberframed and plastered with frame exposed on front (W).
Gabled steep old red tile roofs with gabled dormer to hall range
on front and back.' Large ornamental chimney at junction of wings
made up of conjoined lozenge shaped shafts. Tiled gabled porch.
Higher red brick plinth to hall range which has close studding
and flush box sash window cut down into the brickwork. The wide
gable of the cross wing has close studding with straight tension
bracing, remains of a wide first floor window (now altered for a
sash window), a collar for the purlin roof, and 2 sash windows to
Ground floor above the lower plinth. A large C18 plaster
cartouche in the gable has a fountain with an armorial badge at
the top. Lobby entrance beside chimney. 2-bay hall on left and
3-bay cross wing on right. Rear bay of wing partitioned on each
floor, with a cellar below. Exposed timbers inside with axial
chamfered and stopped beams and squared joists. C18 pine corner
cupboard in hall with arched top, shaped shelves and raised and
fielded panels to doors under. Heavy cambered tie beams in cross
wing with close studding in closed truss on 1st floor. Separate
pitched roof to stair tower in angle. Formerly 'Tippings', it
became the Wheatsheaf in the later C17 and was then owned by the
prominent Quaker family of Wharley. A striking late medieval
hall house with a large cross wing and C17 central chimney.
(RCHM (1911) 128: RCHM Typescript: HLHS (1979) 24, 34).

Listing NGR: TL4181414435

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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