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Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 160026
OS Grid Reference: TL4194915601
OS Grid Coordinates: 541949, 215601
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8210, 0.0582
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TL 4115 WIDFORD HUNSDON ROAD
House. 1725-50 period with 1899 NE wing and light 1 storey
extension to S in 1960 behind a screen wall (RCHM Typescript).
Red brick with blue headers and lighter red dressings in older
part. Parts of service wing to N timberframed and roughcast at
rear. Plum brick facing to rear. Old red tile roof, half hipped
covers the square older block in one span. Red tiled mansard
roof to 1899 extension. The main house has a 4 room double pile
plan with central narrow entrance hall and wider stair hall to
rear. 2 storey and attic it has a symmetrical 5 window front
with moulded brick floor band, segmental rubbed brick arches and
boxed eaves. Sash windows in heavily moulded flush frames,
lacking glazing bars. Old rainwater pipes of box section.
Central 6-panel raised and fielded door with top panels glazed.
Moulded doorcase with square open porch, of slender Tuscan
columns on high pedestals, with full entablature and trianguar
pediment. 2 storeys, 2 windows 1899 extension with matching
windows and a dormer. Central rear doorway has a 6-panel flush
beaded door and a fine early C18 moulded flat hood breaking
forward over a richly carved console brackets. The house has
gable chimneys and good panelled interiors, with moulded cornices
and dado rail on the Ground Floor. The name associated with the
site refers to William Goddard mentioned in 1294. In the early
C19 it was the Young Gentlewomen's Academy run by Elizabeth and
Jane Norris visited frequently by Charles Lamb and described by
Mary Lamb in Mrs Leicesters School (HLHS (1979) 55). A
contemporary wrote of the late C19 owner Charles Nelson Treen
that he "replaced the dear old small glazed windows with vulgar
plate glass" (ibid 48). An historic early C18 brick house with
literary associations. Part of a varied group in this part of
the Conservation Area.
Listing NGR: TL4194915601
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Source: English Heritage
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