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Anstey House, Anstey

Description: Anstey House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 160238

OS Grid Reference: TL4123932992
OS Grid Coordinates: 541239, 232992
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9774, 0.0550

Location: Anstey, Hertfordshire SG9 0BJ

Locality: Anstey
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 0BJ

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Listing Text

(South side)

2/17 Anstey House



Rectory, now a private house. Later C17 (possibly for Stone family or
Sir Roland Lytton of Knebworth who sold and bought the manor and
advowson in 1666 - VCH (1914)13), renovated in Early C18, SW extension
and renovation by Rev Maplecroft rector 1784-1806, E part restored after
fire 1959-60. Timber frame roughcast and panelled pargetting. Hipped
steep old red tile roofs with bellcast. A 2-storeys, cellar and attics,
L-shaped house facing N on a moated site. An irregular 3-cells plan
adapted to give a wide through stair hall with cellar below, drawing
rooms on W and services and dining room in E part with single-storey E
extensions. Internal chimney in E part, and former rear lateral chimney
to W part altered to internal stack by SW extension. Irregular N front
with 4 upper windows, 3 lower windows and door off-centre to W. Cross
windows set flush with rectangular leaded glazing (LH Ground Floor window
has "Stally 1767" etched in it), RH 2 windows on each floor flush box
sashes with 6/6 panes. Lean-to on E end. C18 6-panel raised and fielded
door in moulded architrave, with pedimented wooden doorcase on Ionic
pilaster added c.1960 with 2 C18 French ornamental iron lamp brackets. W
front has 2 flush box sash windows on each floor with 6/6 panes above and
triple sashes below. There is a small round window between the upper
windows. Rear has projecting wing on LH with a single storey rectangular
bay window c.1960. 3 hipped dormers on roof of main range, 2 upper sash
windows with a round window between, and a glazed door in the angle. The
interior has a cut string stair with stick balusters, extended to attics
when service stair formerly adjoining to E was removed, after fire
c.1960. Entrance door has filleted ovolo panel moulding of early C18.
6-panel ovolo moulded doors and stopped architraves. Ovolo moulded
panelling in stair enclosure and lobbies on each floor next chimney in W
wing (dentilled cornice in upper lobby). NE chamber has cockspur fastener
to plate casement in leaded cross-window. 2-panel ovolo moulded door with
H-hinges in attic. Butt-purlin, collar-truss roof with squared oak
rafters. Associated with James Fleetwood, Chaplain to Charles II (rector
after restoration, then Bp of Worcester), and Robert Neville author of
the comedy 'The Poor Scholar' made rector 1671 by Sir Roland Lytton. (VCH

Listing NGR: TL4123932992

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Source: English Heritage

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