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Rowney House Rowney Priory, Little Munden

Description: Rowney House Rowney Priory

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 161338

OS Grid Reference: TL3473520245
OS Grid Coordinates: 534735, 220245
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8645, -0.0446

Location: Rowney Lane, Little Munden, Hertfordshire SG12 0JY

Locality: Little Munden
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG12 0JY

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Listing Text

Potters Green
(south side)

4/21 Rowney Priory and
Rowney House
(formerly listed as
4.12.51 Rowney Priory under Civil Parish
of Great Munden)

- II

Country house, now 2 houses. Mid C19, said to incorporate fabric
of a Benedictine nunnery founded in 1164 by Conan, Duke of
Brittany and Earl of Richmond, reduced to a Chantry after 1457
and confiscated by the Crown 1548. Knapped flint with white
brick quoins and dressings. Flint and stone arcaded screen and
open porch at front. Steep old red tile roofs. 2 storeys and
attics, H-shaped house facing E. Projecting gabled wings with
oversailing boarded verges and recessed sash windows in moulded
frames and chamfered square headed openings with moulded labels.
Tall red brick central chimneys with diagonally set-square
shafts. Centre screened by castellated 3-bay, 4-centred arched
screen each side of square open porch with low pitched stone
gable. A narrow and a wider gabled and corbelled dormer oriel
flank the porch with a circular armorial window between. 4-light
moulded mullioned and transomed leaded windows behind the screen
flanking a half-glazed Gothick oak panelled door in a Tudor
arched opening with deep reveals. Moulded cross-windows with
leaded lights to left hand wing. 3 windows wide symmetrical
garden front on E has 2-light cross window flanked by 3-light
pilastered sash windows with round headed lights. Central French
doors up 2 steps flanked by stone and flint embattled canted bays
with moulded cross windows. Red tiled timber arcaded small
cloister to right hand behind brick and flint screen wall to
forecourt. Projecting 2-storeys range at rear with 10-light
ovolo stone mullioned window over Tudor arched loggia and 6-light
similar window. NW service wing projects to rear, of flint and
brick with sash windows. N wing now named Rowney House. The
house has a good contemporary interior with striking staircase in
Jacobean style. Oak panelled room with chimney piece, Delft
tiles, and small Ionic caryatids in Flemish style in Rowney
House. (RCHM (1911) 104, 6: VCH (1912) 127-8: Pevsner (1977)

Listing NGR: TL3473520245

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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