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Bandons, Anstey

Description: Bandons

Grade: II
Date Listed: 13 December 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 160244

OS Grid Reference: TL4005433393
OS Grid Coordinates: 540054, 233393
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9814, 0.0379

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

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Listing Text

(South side)

6/23 Bandons

- II

Manor house. C15 E wing, hall range largely rebuilt in C19. E wing
timber framed, roughcast on E and S but cased in painted brick on N and
W. W range of painted brick. Old tile roofs to E wing and E kitchen
extension, hipped red tile roof to W range. A 2 storeys and cellar
L-shaped house, formerly facing S but rebuilt facing N in C19. The
unusually large, C15, 2-storeys, 4-bay crosswing, jettied to S contains
2 rooms on each floor with a central straight stairway between. Massive
timbers with the finest workmanship, chamfered and hollow moulded in 2
orders point to the Ground Floor S room being the principal Parlour but
the N room is only a little less elaborate, and the 2 chambers on the
1st floor originally open to the 4-bay crown-post roof. With
close-studding, tension bracing, and large heavy flat joists closely
spaced the crosswing is of the highest quality of C15 craftsmanship. An
external E side chimney remains for S part, a corresponding side-chimney
for N part may have been removed in C19 when present E kitchen added.
Hall range, 4 steps up, retains E gable internal chimney with large open
fireplace, probably of C17 date, and its irregular plan suggests
alteration and extension rather than a complete rebuild. This range has
a symmetrical elevation on N with central door and 2 2-storeys brick
canted bay windows each topped by a moulded cornice. Recessed sash
windows of 2/2 panes under cambered gauged arches. Door up 4 steps has
5-panels and a wide moulded surround. Projecting gabled E wing on left
has brick casing, plinth, toothed verge courses, and sash windows. Large
deep well a little to N of this wing and gabled brick kitchen set back
on left. Irregular S front with 2-storeys lean-to E extension of W range
partly overlapping jettied end of E wing set back on right. Interior of
E wing has brick floor, close-studded partition, four-centred chamfered
doorhead, and hollow chamfered cross-beam with hollow chamfered knee
braces rising from colonettes and continued by extra moulding on soffit
of beam in Parlour. Chamfered posts, cross-beam and knee braces, with
chequered tile floor in N Ground floor room. Curved braces, jowled
chamfered posts, edge-halved scarf joint with bridled butts in wallplate
on 1st floor, and fine 4-bay crown-post roof with long curved braces to
collar purlin and flat rafters now in roof space. Horizontal
mortice-and-tenon joint with 2 staggered pegs used as scarf joint in
collar purlin. Centre of manor formed in C15 from Anstey Manor. A manor
house of outstanding interest for its unusually large and elaborate
timber framed parlour cross-wing. (VCH (1914)14: Bailey (1980)16).

Listing NGR: TL4005433393

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Source: English Heritage

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