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Abbotts Farmhouse, Widford

Description: Abbotts Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 160005

OS Grid Reference: TL4178315437
OS Grid Coordinates: 541783, 215437
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8196, 0.0557

Location: Abbotts Lane, Widford, Hertfordshire SG12 8RS

Locality: Widford
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG12 8RS

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Listing Text

(south side)
Widford village

5/23 Abbotts Farmhouse


- II

House. Possibly late medieval, chimney inserted backing onto
cross passage c1600, enlarged to W and altered in 1913 (RCHM
Typescript). Timberframed and roughcast with C19 tile-hanging to
upper storey. Large 1913 extension as cross wing to W in
matching materials at front (N) but red brick at rear. Old red
tiled half-hipped roofs. A 3-unit plan house of 4 structural
bays. Service end at E floored over in early C18 but 3-centred
buttery door arch survives paired with a C19 copy. Chimney backs
onto cross passage (rear door in use) and present clasped purlin
roof is designed without wind braces in the chimney bay. Long
bay for hall to W of chimney with heavy timberframed partition on
Ground floor and wattle and daub infilled truss in roof.
Original W parlour bay has heavy axial joists. 1913 extension
beyond. 2 storeys irregular N front with 4 windows and gabled
open porch to older part. 2-light flush casements with small
panes. Projecting half-hipped gable and W part of 1913 extension
on right with same treatment. Small external gable chimney at E,
old central chimney rebuilt above roof. 2-bay C17 single storey
timberframed and weatherboarded kitchen extending to rear with
gabled old tile roof. Large cast iron pump with large flywheel
handle next to kitchen. Late C19 3-sided bay window and glazed
rear door joined under tiled canopy at rear. Clasped purlin roof
with wind braces. Queen post and collar trusses with principals
notched but not reduced above collar. Exposed timbers inside
include stepped jowl bay posts and curved braces to tie beams,
and structure of floor and partitions. An edge-halved scarf with
bridled butts in the rear wall plate is more typical of the C15
or C16. So that if the roof was rebuilt c1600 when the chimney
was built, then the house may be that of John Abbot resident in
1438 (HLHS (1979) 300. Altered and extended for Francis Pawle on
his marriage in 1913. An historic medieval timberframed house.

Listing NGR: TL4178315437

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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