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Manor House Galleries, Hitchin

Description: Manor House Galleries

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 April 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 161415

OS Grid Reference: TL1851829417
OS Grid Coordinates: 518518, 229417
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9506, -0.2769

Location: Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1JW

Locality: Hitchin
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG5 1JW

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Listing Text

5255 (West Side)
TL 1829 SE 4/14 13.4.51


(The Manor Rouse Galleries' of Messrs Phillips). Fine house of circa
1700, In two sections, which abut yet are distinct. Both sections show
careful restoration. (? the Southern section may be a later continuation
of the design of the main, Northern, facade). 2 storeys in red brick,
with moulded brick modillioned cornice below a plain parapet, which partly
masks the steep tiled roof (two leaded dormers in the Northern section).
9 windows with curved heads, all in broad almost flush frames: those in
ground floor have projecting brick keystones, running up into the string
at first floor level; those in upper floor have plain brick aprons. Northern
section (symmetrical 5 window facade) has a magnificent carved wooden
porch, so tall and so splendid that it may well have been brought from
some more imposing facade (possibly of late C17 rather than later). Fluted
Corinthian columns and pilasters, carved modillions, carved end rounded
head enclosing a carved cartouche; the whole backed by rusticated woodwork,
in which a round-headed recess contains the door of eight fielded panels
(the lower half divided by diagonals into four triangular panels) beneath
a carved semi-circular fanlight. Elliptically arched carriageway on left.

Nos 21 to 28 (consec) form a group.

Listing NGR: TL1851629426

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Source: English Heritage

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