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Wymondley Hall, Wymondley

Description: Wymondley Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162768

OS Grid Reference: TL2158227594
OS Grid Coordinates: 521582, 227594
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9336, -0.2330

Locality: Wymondley
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG4 7HE

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Listing Text

TL 2128 (East side)
Little Wymondley

11/156 Wymondley Hall

Farmhouse. Late C16 for Nedham family, Lords of the Manor, as home farm
to Wymondley Priory, their seat. Bay windows, porch, and oriels on W
front, internal alterations and possibly the all-over rendering shown in
old photographs mid C17. Interior alterations, large brick N wing, and
casing of rear and S side in brick c.1850 for Mrs. Frost. Timbers of W
front exposed after c.1912. Timber frame on roughcast brick sill,
close-timbering exposed with plastered panels on W front, N wing and
casing of older building of red brick in a bond with 2 stretchers and
a header repeatedly. Steep old red tile roofs. Slate roof to lean-to
addition at rear. A 2-storeys near symmetrical house facing W, set back
from road, with a range of 6 front gables and gabled single-storey porch
in middle. Originally a T plan house with S parlour crosswing jettied to
W, cross-passage at N end of hall with parallel service rooms to N of
it, in continuation of same range. C17 improvements involved combining
the service rooms as a kitchen with a new 3-flues rear lateral chimney
and elaboration of the front with full height canted bay windows and
canted oriels at both floor levels, the upper ones topped by separate
tiled gables and carried on heavy shaped brackets. Transomed
ovolo-moulded mullioned windows. 2 C19 gables at N of front have similar
projecting canted bays. Square shafts with triangular fillets give a
multangular appearance to the moulded brick C17 kitchen chimney. The
old rear lateral chimney to the hall has 2 diagonal,shafts, and there is
a similar projecting brick stack on the S side of the S wing against
which the C19 casing brickwork ends. Gabled stair tower projects between
the large chimney stacks at the rear. Brackets and bull-nosed joists to
the jetty of the crosswing. Moulded square-headed front doorway with
jamb-stops and old plank door. Interior has open fireplace off-centre in
the panelled parlour due to the smaller E room having been taken into
the room. Chambers over hall and parlour had fireplaces. Curved wall
inserted at N end of old hall and mid C17 stack pierced for access to
rear stair. Probably the house called 'The Lower House' in early C17
documents. More recently 'Old Hall Farm'. (RCHM (1911)149: VCH
(1912)188: Pevsner (1977)243: RCHM Typescript: inf Mr Farris)

Listing NGR: TL2158227594

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Source: English Heritage

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