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The Manor House, Wymondley

Description: The Manor House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162790

OS Grid Reference: TL2134828700
OS Grid Coordinates: 521348, 228700
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9436, -0.2360

Location: 3 Graveley Road, Wymondley, Hertfordshire SG4 7ET

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

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Listing Text

TL 2128 (North side)
Great Wymondley

10/178 The Manor House
27.5.68 (formerly listed as Manor Farmhouse)


House. C15 probably for Alington family, early C17 rebuild of hall range
with 2-storeys, chimney on site of cross-passage, and 2-storeys porch.
Alterations in late C17. Timber frame with brick sill, roughcast, ground
floor cased in red brick. Steep old red tile roofs. Slate roof at rear
to E half of hall range. 2-storeys house with hall range and 2
crosswings, in NW angle of crossroads, facing S. Jettied upper floor to
S end of W crosswing, hall range, and upper storey of porch jettied on
3 sides. 2 diagonal square shafts to internal chimney rising in rear
roofslope. E wall chimney with 2 diagonal shafts on E side of E wing.
Lean-to ground level cellar to rear of E wing. 2 windows to each floor
of hall range, 2-lights casements with 3-lights casement below jetty
to LH of porch. Lattice leaded casements renewed. 2-lights casement
window to each floor of gable of E wing. Small 2-lights ovolo-moulded
window in each side of lower storey of open porch. Old moulded plank
door in heavy moulded frame with ovolo and fillet and jamb stops.
Dragon-beams exposed in ceiling of porch. Interior has exposed frame
with jowled posts, curved braces to tie-beams on 1st floor, paired
tension braces in front and sidewalls of wings, clasped purlin roofs,
W wing has undivided 1st floor, similar 2-bays E wing has had
tie-beam removed. Chamber over hall has small high blocked 2-light
ovolo windows flanking front window. Ovolo moulded axial beam in this
room. Stone fireplace with 4-centred opening and double ovolo moulded
jambs with high stops. Foliage and shields in spandrels. When old
service rooms in W wing made into kitchen a larder was provided in a
W end extension, and a staircase included. The parlour in the E wing
has a fireplace with a 4-centred chamfered brick opening and canted
rear corners, staircase in bay to rear. Unusually extensive remains
of wall paintings uncovered in 5 rooms. Early C16 fragmentary black
letter painted inscriptions in chamber over kitchen. Other scenes late
C16 or early C17 in parlour and in the other 1st floor rooms. Parlour:
a frieze of black-letter text in elaborate frames, diamond and
rectangular, above walls of geometric and floral pattern with shallow
quatrefoils enclosing sprays of flowers. Chamber over parlour: on N
window wall, shallow frieze of squares with 4-lobed ornaments above
wall with repeat pattern of diamonds and scrolls containing a Tudor
rose and decorative motifs. Black and white with touches of green and
pale red. In chamber over hall a diamond pattern framing flower motifs
and a rectangular panel over fireplace. The chamber in the upper part
of the porch has a pedimented architectural composition on its N wall
with indications of capitals. (RCHM (1911)106: VCH (1912)182: Kelly
(1914)295: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL2134828700

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Source: English Heritage

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