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Howells Farmhouse, Weston

Description: Howells Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 162734

OS Grid Reference: TL2784628088
OS Grid Coordinates: 527846, 228088
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9366, -0.1417

Location: Weston, Hertfordshire SG4 7DZ

Locality: Weston
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG4 7DZ

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Listing Text

TL 22 NE
5/122 Howells Farmhouse

Manor house, a farmhouse from late C17 to 1970s, now a private house.
Late medieval front range was a W crosswing to a former open hall
extending to E, probably demolished in late C17 when SW parlour wing was
added, E range extended a little to S to same line as new parlour, and
short dairy wing added at NW. This wing extended for (?) brewhouse in
early C18 when staircase built between the 2 rear wings, and interior
adapted to plan of a new-built house of the period. Kitchen built at N
end of E range C18 or C19. House carefully restored c.1970, W wing
c.1975. Timber frame, roughcast and lined as ashlar with steep old red
tile roofs. A large 2-storeys house set W side of large former farmyard
facing E, with lean-to kitchen at N end. E front has symmetrical
arrangement of 3 1st floor windows and central entrance. 3-lights flush
casement windows (4-lights to left of door) and gabled Victorian timber
porch to half-glazed door. Stucco keystones over ground floor windows.
Tile creasing above brick casing to ground floor under roughcast finial.
Large C16 rearwall chimney to S part of front range originally with one
octagonal shaft and patterns in glazed brick, but adapted to 3 diagonal
square shafts in late C17 when SW parlour wing added and 1st floor
fireplace. C18 internal N gable chimney. 3 flush box sash windows to 1st
floor on S with 3/6 panes. Canted bay window to S end of front range.
Interior has exposed timbers, evidence for jetty to old front range
which was a 3-bays crosswing with crown-post roof, square crown-post
with heavy square-section braces to collar purlin and originally
down-braces to tie-beams. Shaped end of wallplate to support former
bargeboard, and originally without a fireplace or partitions. No obvious
break in floor joists for staircase so probably an external stair.
Depressed C17 4-centred arched head to chamber fireplace over parlour.
Name from John de Hauile flour. c.1294. By 1580 owned by Kympton family.
(VCH (1912)175: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL2784628088

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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