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The Old Rectory, Therfield

Description: The Old Rectory

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 162426

OS Grid Reference: TL3354536984
OS Grid Coordinates: 533545, 236984
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0152, -0.0554

Location: Therfield, Hertfordshire SG8 9QD

Locality: Therfield
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG8 9QD

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Listing Text

TL 33 NW
(South side)
4/103 The Old Rectory
9.6.52 (formerly listed as
The Rectory)
Large house. Late C15 wing, altered in C17. Original open hall replaced
in C17 and again c.1769 for Rev. C. Weston. Extended c.1800 for
Rev. C. Moss, altered 1875. Early wing is flint rubble, rendered, with
clunch dressings. Main block is red brick with burnt headers. Tiled
roofs, some slates. C15 range has form of a gabled cross wing, 2
originally separate and gabled blocks project from outer elevation,
reformed into a rectangular block in C17. 2 storeys. Semi-circular
former stair turret with a small square light to centre of front
elevation of C15 wing. To right: ground floor 4 cinquefoiled lights,
heavily moulded with a bowtell central mullion and square headed
surround, label with grotesque stops, first floor similar 2 light window
restored in C19 with a quatrefoil in a triangle in coped gable. To left
of stair turret, ground floor window now a square headed entrance,
similar surround, first floor 1 and 2 light tall chapel windows, now
blocked, similar surrounds. At right end is a C17 3 stage diagonal brick
buttress. Right return is C17 brick, ground floor C18 glazing bar sash,
shallow reveal, gauged brick flat arched head, moulded plat band to
first floor, 2 cinquefoiled lights as at front, restored in C19. Left
return of C15 wing is largely rebuilt in C17 red brick. Gable towards
front has a large 2 centred arched opening, blocked with an C18 glazing
bar sash inserted. Straight joint to link to formerly separate block
behind which projects slightly. Ground floor 3 light casement and
horizontal sliding sash, first floor glazing bar sashes in reveals. To
rear: main gabled range has original 4 light window on ground floor, as
at front but 2 lights to left now an entrance. First floor later
projection. Lower gable to right with a 1 storey wing extending to rear
with an original foiled light and 2 small quatrefoil windows, probably
reset, on inner elevation. C18 main range is set back to right. Double
depth plan. 2 storeys and attics. 4 bay front. Entrance to right of
centre: 6 raised panelled door, painted brick surround, rusticated
pilasters with moulded caps, key blocked double round arch over
fanlight, shallow pediment. Glazing bar sashes in reveals, gauged brick
flat arched heads, stone sills. Projecting brick band to stone coped
parapet. 4 two light box dormers in tall hipped double gambrel roof. 4
extruded end stacks with offsets, that to left front probably C17 at
base. Parapets continue to link stacks on returns. To rear: 5 bays,
ground floor French windows, first floor sashes, plat band to parapet,
dormers. Attached to right end is 2 bay 1 storey c.1800 library
addition. Sashes, coped parapet, hipped slate roof. Right end has an
entrance and a stack and, to rear, a late C19 projecting bay with a
tripartite sash. Interior: C15 wing ground floor large room with a
round headed recess, originally a hearth, opposite a fireplace. 2
centred heads and moulded jambs to doors to main block and to other
rooms. First floor large chamber has a depressed barrel vault. Small
chapel with late C17 raised, fielded, bolection moulded panelling,
classical cornice, vaulted ceiling. Early C19 staircase with moulded
handrail and some C18 panelling in C18 block. Attached to rear of C15
wing a red brick wall about 2m high encloses former brewhouse yard with
well. Similar wall extends from left front angle. (RCHM 1910: VCH 1912:
Pevsner 1977: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3354536984

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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