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Upper Wants End, King's Walden

Description: Upper Wants End

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 162830

OS Grid Reference: TL1610024500
OS Grid Coordinates: 516100, 224500
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9069, -0.3137

Location: Plough Lane, Kings Walden, Hertfordshire SG4 8LD

Locality: King's Walden
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG4 8LD

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Listing Text

(West side)

4/38 Upper Wants End


Farmhouse, now a private house. Early C16 former open hall house,
chimney and floor inserted in C17, restored early C20. Timber frame
exposed with close-studding to ground floor and plastered infill panels.
Steep old red tile roofs. A 2-storeys, 3-bays house facing E set back in
yard. Lean-to extension on S end and framed catslide rear outshut to N
bay. The narrower middle-bay and the North bay together comprised the
former hall open to the roof. S bay of 2 storeys from beginning with
closed truss and partition on its N side. In C17 a large internal
chimney was built in hall rising against S face of open truss, the floor
was extended through the hall and the S rooms thrown into the rest
resulting in a 2-cells, internal-chimney, lobby-entry plan house of 2
storeys. A passageway was cut through the chimney probably in the 1920s.
E front has 2 3-lights flush casement leaded windows to each floor and
small 2-lights ovolo moulded window over door. Large internal chimney
with rebuilt shafts and corbelled tops. N gable shows complete frame
with jowled posts, unjowled middle post, mid-height rail jointed
in-line, attic window, and 2 purlin ends. Interior has chamfered and
stopped joists and beam in N room, tension braces in walls of S bay at
1st floor, and hollow chamfered truss and curved braces to open truss of
hall. (RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL1610024500

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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