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Hare Street House, Hormead

Description: Hare Street House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 160291

OS Grid Reference: TL3903729830
OS Grid Coordinates: 539037, 229830
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9496, 0.0217

Location: B1368, Hormead, Hertfordshire SG9 0EQ

Locality: Hormead
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 0EQ

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Listing Text

(East side)

12/70 Hare Street House


House. C16 or early C17 N wing of house with kitchen wing to rear (NE),
incorporated into tall double-pile house of later C17 probably built for
William Brand between 1673 and his death in 1676, brick front early-mid
C18 for Houblon family or for William Benn Sheriff of Herts 1739, Lord
Mayor of London 1747, died 1755, internal alteration 1904-14 for Robert
Hugh Benson, restored 1962 for Cardinal Godfrey. Timber frame plastered
with panelled pargetting, red brick front and a hipped old red tile roof
with gabled NE rear wings. A large 2-storeys and attics double-pile
plan house facing W set back behind a high wall. Fine C17 octagonal tall
red brick chimneys with moulded caps and bases in 2 groups of 2 and 3 in
N range. Symmetrical red brick W front 5 windows wide with plinth, floor
band, moulded cornice and parapet concealing 3 hipped dormers. Flat
gauged arches and sash windows with 6/6 panes. Pedimented doorcase with
Roman Doric pilaster. Interior has 2 Tudor arched fireplaces in N wing
on 1st floor, early C18 boxed sash window with thick ovolo moulded
glazing bars on 1st floor at S end, with double hung shutters in a box
below the sill, and a moulded dado, panelled staircase at rear with
carving and wood sculptures by Gabriel Pippit, butt-purlin roofs
generally but clasped purlin roofs in N range and attached to NE a
former 2-bay kitchen with inserted floor but cambered tie-beam with
slots for arched braces and a clasped purlin roof. Associated with
R.H. Benson who lived and worked here from 1903/4 up to his death in
1914. (RCHM (1911)103 No. 8: VCH (1914)69: Pevsner (1977)156: Jackson

Listing NGR: TL3903729830

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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