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Wyddial Hall, Wyddial

Description: Wyddial Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 160372

OS Grid Reference: TL3740431850
OS Grid Coordinates: 537404, 231850
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9681, -0.0013

Location: Wyddial, Hertfordshire SG9 0EL

Locality: Wyddial
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 0EL

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Listing Text

(North side)

10/151 Wyddial Hall


Country house. Early C16 (probably 1516 for Humphrey Wellisbourne),
remodelled after a fire and given present appearance 1733 for Francis
Goulston. Altered c.1780 for John Thomas Ellis MP. NW service wing and
main staircase 1836-65 for Charles Heaton-Ellis. Stuccoed brick with
steep tiled roofs. A tall striking 2-storeys, cellar (and formerly
attics) house facing E with central 2-storeys porch, canted 2-storeys
bay window at each end of front, balustraded parapet over moulded
entablature with triglyph frieze. 3 windows each side of porch. Recessed
sash windows with 6/6 panes to lower floor and bays, tall casement
windows to 1st floor with segmental heads. Entrance door has radial
fanlight in semi circular head with resticated vermiculated surround. S
garden front of 6 windows with similar sashes. Curved screenwall at N
end. Drapentier engraving c.1700 shows C16 brick house of same bulk with
central 2-storeys porch in same position and tall semi-circular bay
window lighting hall extending to S of porch. 2 Doric columns now
correspond to the hall screens. There was a lateral chimney and the
service rooms to N of hall with surviving cellars below. The roof must
have been rebuilt before 1700 incorporating attics and dormers. The plan
resulting from rebuilding after the fire of 1733 was uncharacteristic of
the time due to incorporation of much of the existing structure. The
hall was floored over, the bay windows added, the porch refurbished, the
main range made double-pile, the SW wing enlarged and the roof rebuilt
incorporating older timbers. The present early Victorian stair replaced
a C17 or C18 stair at the rear of the N part and the service rooms were
moved to the W range. When the present toplit elegent stair was created
the NW service wing was added behind it. The interior has a small
panelled room on the 1st floor with scratch moulded small panels. The
fine hall firesurround is said to come from Cokenach. (RCHM (1911) 245:
VCH (1914) 114, 116: Pevsner (1977) 411-12; RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3740431850

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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