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The Town House, Barley

Description: The Town House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 162527

OS Grid Reference: TL4013438441
OS Grid Coordinates: 540134, 238441
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0267, 0.0411

Location: School Lane, Barley, Hertfordshire SG8 8JS

Locality: Barley
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG8 8JS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Barley lock-up, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

TL 4038 (North side)

8/72 The Town House


Formerly the Guildhall or Church House, used as a marriage feast room,
free school, almshouses and for other public purposes; now a village
hall. Early C16, altered c.1853 and c.1910. Built by the Gild of St.
Catherine. Timber frame on brick base. Plastered. Steeply pitched tiled
roof. 4 bays, that to left larger. 2 storeys. Continuous jetty to front
with curved brackets to main bearers. Ground floor: 3 mid C19 entrances
with plank and muntin doors, 4 centred arched heads, architraves, 4 two
light lattice casements. First floor: 2 mid C19 8 light mullion and
transom hipped half dormers, two 3 light casements. At each end of this
elevation are enclosed external staircases, mid C19 to right, early C20
to left, with roofs swept down from main slope, 4 centred arched
entrances with gabled heads. Inner returns have subsidiary doors beneath
stairs, upper quatrefoil lights on all return faces. Left gable end
massive original stack, exposed red brick with multiple coped offsets,
originally external, built out to front in early C20 with ground floor
flint and brick cladding. To rear a short lean-to, exposed plate and
purlin. A similar stack at right end has been incorporated into Kirk
Cottage (q.v.), exposed plate and purlin to front. To rear lattice
casements and a late C19 2 storey gabled wing with an open ground floor,
extruded red brick stack, 2 storey flat roofed addition. Interior:
ground floor exposed framing of large scantling, close studding, jowled
posts. Through passage to left of centre. Trimmer joist for original
stairs. Original shutter grooves and mullion seatings. Axial and cross
"axial chamfered bearers with carved foliate stops. Run out stop
chamfered bearer in left bay. Upper chamber: jowled posts, some arched
braces to chamfered cambered tie beams, collars to halved principals
clasping purlins. Curved windbraces, ogee to front slope only.
Continuous public use confirmed in inquests of 1609 and 1638.(RCHM 1910:
VCH 1914: J. Wilkerson, Two Ears of Barley, 1969: S.E. Rigold, The Town
House, Barley: Hertfordshire Archaeology, vol.3, 1973, p.94: Pevsner
1977: J. Wilkerson, Barley: An English Village,1979: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL4013438441

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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