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Balhams Hall and the Cottage, Thundridge

Description: Balhams Hall and the Cottage

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 161068

OS Grid Reference: TL3626118515
OS Grid Coordinates: 536261, 218515
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8486, -0.0232

Locality: Thundridge
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG11 1BP

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Listing Text

High Cross
(west side)

9/11 Balhams Hall and The
24.1.67 (formerly listed as
Balhams Hall)


House, now 2 houses. C15, altered in late C16 and C18. Timber
frame roughcast with old red tile roofs, now hipped at front. H-
plan open-hall house with 2 crosswings, parlour wing at N (The
Cottage), and C18 stair in rear angle of hall and service wing at
S. Late C16 inserted floor with provision for smoke hood in
lower bay of hall. C17 large central chimney inserted at upper
end of hall. House sub-divided in early C18 when front jettied
projections and gables removed and part of ground floor rebuilt
in brick at S end. E front has 4 windows irregularly spaced on
each floor. Flush sash windows with 6/6 panes above and 8/8
below. 6-panel door up 2 steps on N end next corner with flat
hood on shaped brackets. Gabled wings of different projection at
rear with panelled pargetting. Large central chimney and C18
external end chimney at S. Entrance from rear into site of cross
passage with blocked doorwing to stair and twin doorways to
buttery and pantry with hollow chamfer and 4-centred heads.
Partition between removed. Heavy square joists in both
crosswings. Heavy roll-moulded beams and chamfered and stopped
joists to C16 inserted floor in hall. Wave moulded supporting
ledge pegged to side walls. Floor designed to support a smoke
hood in the lower bay and roof collars cut away above, shutter
grooves and mullion mortice for diamond mullioned windows in
front and rear walls. Surviving 3-light window in N wall of S
wing looking over rear slope of hall roof. Large C17 red brick
fireplace and stack at upper end of hall. Crown-post roofs.
Cambered tie-beams over centre of hall with chamfered and stopped
crown-post and 4-way curved bracing. Tension bracing in framing
of S wing. Early C18 2-panel doors with H-hinges and heavy
moulded mantle shelfs to 1st floor fireplaces.

Listing NGR: TL3643519893

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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