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The Bell Inn on the Corner of Bell Lane, Widford

Description: The Bell Inn on the Corner of Bell Lane

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 160029

OS Grid Reference: TL4196915743
OS Grid Coordinates: 541969, 215743
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8223, 0.0585

Location: Hunsdon Road, Widford, Hertfordshire SG12 8SG

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

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Listing Text

(west side)
5/20 Widford Village
The Bell Inn on the
Corner of Bell Lane
G.V. I

Amend grade to read:-


(west side)
Widford village

5/20 The Bell Inn
on the corner of
- Bell Lane


House, now a P.H. C17 or earlier, altered in C18 and C19, modern
1 storey extension on S. 2 storeys and attic, timberframed
plastered house facing N with steep old red tile roof and gabled
dormer in middle of S slope. 3-unit plan with crosswing at E,
massive internal gable chimney at W end, and shallow 2 storeys
outshut in middle of N front with Yorkshire sliding casement and
large chimney flanked on left by C18 square weatherbaorded bay
window with casements and moulded cornice, on right by doorway
with moulded architrave and flat.moulded hood on brackets. E
side of crosswing, facing Hunsdon Road, has a moulded eaves
cornice, 2 sash windows with 6/6 panes (renewed) and a large
canted bay window set in brickwork facing to Ground Floor. Main
entrance under a modern flat hood to left of bay and similar bay
to 1 storey brick extension to S. At rear of this extension a
weatherboarded and slate 1 storey extension which may be Cl9. 1
storey plastered and slated, lean-to extension against W end of
house. Plastered N gable of crosswing has a projects chimney and
a dripboard on brackets at 1st Floor level. Side-purlin roofs to
older parts. The house was called Trolles in a will of 1526 and
became The Bell in 1730 (HLHS.(19?9) 300. Associated with
Charles Lamb (1775-1834) who is said to describe the Inn in
'Confessions of a Drunkard' (1813). An historic timberframed
house and inn with literary associations. Part of a picturesque
group in this part of the Conservation Area.

Listing NGR: TL4196915743

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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