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Description: Conduit Head at Priory Farm 450 Metres to North East of the Priory at Ngr Tl 2222 2827
Date Listed: 28 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 162767
OS Grid Reference: TL2222028270
OS Grid Coordinates: 522220, 228270
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9395, -0.2235
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WYMONDLEY PRIORY LANE
TL 22 NW (East side)
4/155 Conduit Head at Priory Farm
II 450M to NE of The Priory
at NGR.TL 2222 2827
Conduit head. Medieval origin as water supply for Wymondley Priory,
reconstructed C16 or early C17 by Nedham family after the Dissolution,
rebuilt incorporating old work c.1902 by East Herts Archaeological
Society. Flint rubble with uncoursed flint and pebble facing. C16 thin
red brick in English-bond with wide joints up to springing of entrance
arch on E end, moulded stone doorway, upper parts of walls in C19 plum
red brick in English-bond. Unroofed. Tile floor recorded by VCH (1912,
189). A small rectangular building in a grove of ash trees. Plan in VCH
shows a shallow basin inside with rounded end to E. Facing E there is a
central clunch doorway, 3-centred arch in 2 orders, imposts, and stone
jambs. Corbelled brick course projects over to protect head. Interior
has low side walls and remains of W gable. Entrance has segmental rear
arch and splayed jambs, and a round headed niche to each side. Remains
of central W window with flanking niches, and triple recesses to each
side-wall. The flow of water is said to have been formerly used to turn
a spit in the farmhouse kitchen. The stone doorway is original but VCH
suggests that the form of the rebuilding of c.1902 was based on another
building elsewhere. Scheduled Ancient Monument, Herts No. 61c, described
as 'well'. (RCHM (1911)149: VCH (1912)189).
Listing NGR: TL2222028270
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Source: English Heritage
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