British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

The Dower House and Wall to Garden Attached, Westmill

Description: The Dower House and Wall to Garden Attached

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 January 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 161380

OS Grid Reference: TL3720825574
OS Grid Coordinates: 537208, 225574
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9118, -0.0066

Location: Westmill, Hertfordshire SG9 9LY

Locality: Westmill
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 9LY

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Explore more of the area around Westmill, Hertfordshire at Explore Britain.

Listing Text

(east side)

2/26 The Dower House
and Wall to Garden attached


2 houses joined as a country house. Late C17 incorporating 2 C16
separate houses, subsequently enlarged in C18, altered in C19,
enlarged to almost square plan by Raymond Erith in 1960's.
C17/C18 square walled garden on S now attached to house. Red
brick with blue headers encasing timber framed parts. Old red
tile hipped roofs with moulded wooden eaves cornice on W, and
high parapet with attic windows, and gabled roofs behind, on E
side. 2 storeys and attics main block linked by single-storey
part to walled garden on S. Facing W. The present rectangular
large house is composed of a C16 T-plan house on the SE, of hall
and parlour block, extending N from the walled garden: a C16
central chimney 2-cell house a little to NW of the other: a C17
small block linking the two with stair and service rooms: an
early C18 grander stair block in the NE angle: a larger extension
to NE in 1960's by Raymond Erith making the house rectangular and
providing a unified garden facade on the E. W front in old red
brick with floor band has a formerly symmetrical 3-windows LH
part with central door into lobby by central chimney with tall
cruciform shaft. Slightly recessed sash windows with 6/6 panes
and flat gauged arches 2 on ground floor to left of door.
Doorcase flanked by broad fluted Doric pilasters with triglyph
frieze breaking forward over each and flat leaded cornice. Half-
glazed panelled door in moulded frame. 2-bay C19 extension to RH
of uniform height but with hipped dormer, and casement windows
set lower. N end of NE part has a more elaborate C17 treatment
with ovolo-moulded floorband, chamfered plinth and no eaves
cornice, central hipped dormer with cornice, flush box sash
window on 1st floor and blocked window below. Darker red brick 5
windows, 2-storeys and attic E front in churchwarden'sGothick
with stucco quoins, floor band, moulded parapet coping, surrounds
to 3 oval attic windows, and classical moulded surrounds to
central double glazed doors and flanking narrow windows.
Delicate panelled surrounds with lion-mask corner blocks to boxes
of recessed sash windows with 6/6 panes. Windows grouped 2-1-2
each with brick labels. Central doors have a stucco entablature
and the glazed panels have ogee glazing bars. Side windows have
pointed heads to upper lights. Large external chimney with
offsets to N end. Radial glazing bars to attic windows. 3m high
red brick wall with buttresses surrounds the walled garden on all
sides and there is a pedimented doorway into the house. Urns on
corner piers. Interior largely remodelled. Stop chamfered beam
in passage to library. Early C18 panelling on ground floor in NW
part. Formerly called Knights Hill. (RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3720825574

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

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.