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Description: Sayesbury Manor Council Offices
Date Listed: 2 October 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 160739
OS Grid Reference: TL4823414776
OS Grid Coordinates: 548234, 214776
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8120, 0.1489
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TL 4823 1477:3/29
Circa 1780, possibly earlier house remodelled. Early C19, 1-bay extension
to W and extensive outbuildings to N. Set back beyond car park and
originally facing S. Carpenter's Gothic 2 storey timberframed and stuccoed
house with steep hipped roof now slated. Originally symmetrical 7-window
S front with gable chimneys, extended 1 bay to W in matching style. Flush
box sashes to 1st floor with 6/6 panes and label dripmoulds rising to blunt
point in centre. Uniform French windows to Gd floor are later. Flat
soffit to eaves overhang has alternately lion masks biting rings and smaller
lion masks. Early C19,6 panel central flush door with reeded mouldings
around panels. C18 decorative wooden Gothic porch with flat top. 2 free-
standing columns and 2 half columns at wall and full entablature. Columns
consist of 4 clustered colonnets with annulets projecting. Frieze of sunk
trefoils, tongued brackets, and a coved and arched cornice. Pattern derived
from Batty Langley's Gothic Architecture Restored and Improved of 1741.
Central stair with rooms each side. Rear half has lower 1st floor under
continuation of main roof with staircase expressed as a higher gabled central
feature on N. Columned porch on N probably added when this became entrance
front. Interior much altered. Panelled room at SE of Gd floor may be
original. Stair balustrade altered. A range of lower stuccoed timberframed
buildings with slate roofs runs N from the NE part of the house, described
in the deeds as domestic offices, archway, harness room, and stable, this
with its axis parallel with the house. Known as Roselands in the C19, the
name was changed to Hatters Croft in 1902 and to Sayesbury Manor in 1939
(EHDC Deeds). The Gothic porch is the most elaborate example of 4 in the
Listing NGR: TL4823414776
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Source: English Heritage
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