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Maydencroft Manor, St Ippolyts

Description: Maydencroft Manor

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 162668

OS Grid Reference: TL1818927421
OS Grid Coordinates: 518189, 227421
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9328, -0.2824

Location: Maydencroft Lane, Ippollitts, Hertfordshire SG4 7QA

Locality: St Ippolyts
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG4 7QA

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Listing Text

TL 1827 (North side)

8/56 Maydencroft Manor
9.6.52 (formerly listed as
Maydencroft Farmhouse)


House. Late medieval former open hall house in E part of N wing, C16 E
wing possibly built as a separate house, united and hall floored over
early C17 ('EC/1615' on oak pillar supporting inserted floor), later in
C17 originally unheated block to W of hall, subsequently kitchen added
to N wing, gabled stair turret on E side of E wing, and L-shaped lean-to
service room in NE angle of kitchen and hall. Interior features of early
C18 and some brick casing. Renovated 1980-81. Timber frame on red brick
sill, frame exposed with plaster infill panels in E wing and W gable of
N wing, roughcast 1st floor of N wing, red brick casing to ground floor
of N wing and lower buildings to N of N wing. Steep old red tile roofs.
A large 2-storeys house on a moated site with 2 long wings joined at
right-angles and 1 1/2-storeys service wing extending to N of N wing. N
wing faces S, and E wing faces W with entrance near junction with N wing
and jettied S gable end. Irregular fenestration with 3-lights C16 leaded
casement windows (one of 4 lights to hall and C19 casements each of
6-lights to jettied S end of E wing. N wing has 3 windows to each floor
on S front. E wing has 4 windows to 1st floor and 3 to ground floor,
that to left of door an early C17 4-lights ovolo moulded mullioned
window moved here from kitchen wing on N. Battened oak door in old
hollow chamfered doorway with 4-centred head. Similar blocked door at S
end of this W front noted in works in 1965. Front shows 4 structural
bays. Entrance into N bay with stair projection to rear. Late C17
cut-string stair with barley-sugar twist balusters, panelled newells all
lit by large 9-lights mullioned and transomed window. Large 3-bays room
to S has chamfered cross-beams supported by brackets on the bay-posts,
early C18 panelling with dado and cornice, large open fireplace in
middle of rear (E) wall but indications that the S end bay may
originally have been partitioned off. Large projecting rear wall chimney
of flint and clunch with 2 diagonal brick shafts. Bolection moulded
marble fire surround added in C20. Similar large rear wall chimney on N
side of hall in E part of N wing has 3 diagonal shafts and 4-centred
fireplace now blocked on 1st floor. The medieval hall was of one bay
with a narrow screens passage bay to W the whole forming a square plan
with smoke blackened clasped-purlin roof. E wall of hall removed and
room extended to E with stone floor and Doric column dated 1615 on line
of former hall wall. Convex curved tension braces, heavy jowled posts,
and long curved braces to tie-beam in hall bay. Later W block has
edge-halved scarf joint with bridled butts in rear wallplate. Added
rearwall chimney to heat W room. Kitchen to N originally open to roof
has large internal chimney with oven to rear (N) and lobby entrance from
W. 2 gabled dormers at eaves and 4-lights casement window to ground
floor. (RCHM (1911)130 no. 2: VCH (1912)25: Pevsner (1977)148: RCHM
Typescript: inf Mrs. Rance, and the owners).

Listing NGR: TL1818927421

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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