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Offley Holes Farmhouse, Preston

Description: Offley Holes Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162891

OS Grid Reference: TL1671326354
OS Grid Coordinates: 516713, 226354
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9235, -0.3042

Location: Preston, Hertfordshire SG4 7TD

Locality: Preston
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG4 7TD

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Listing Text


2/99 Offley Holes Farmhouse


House. Circa 1700, altered and NW wing added in early C19 to give
impression of a double-fronted house as viewed from N on drive to
mansion of Offley Holes now gone. Red brick in Flemish-bond, front
painted. Steep old red tile roof, slate roof to wing. A long 2-storeys,
cellar, and attics house set at back of farmyard facing E. E front has
plinth plat-band and moulded brick corbels to kneelers of gable
parapets. Window pattern altered with several blocked or altered
openings. Present pattern has 3 windows to both floors. Flush box sash
windows with 6/6 panes. 2 gabled dormers on roofslope with 3-lights
leaded casements. Main entrance between first and second windows from N
with projecting Tuscan porch on 2 columns with dentilled triangular
pediment. Minor door between other windows into S service bay. Both
doors half-glazed with small panes. Positions of 3 chimneys at ridge
define a 2-cells, end-chimneys, central entrance house, with single-cell
S kitchen with its own S gable stack and domed brick oven projecting to
S under lean-to roof. Rear lean-to to same bay. Short parallel NW rear
wing has a S gable chimney but its 2-windows side N end deliberately
copies the W gable parapet of the old house and painted representations
on rectangles of plaster of the tall windows of the wing have been added
to the older gable end so that it appears as a 4 windows wide 2-storeys
and cellar house from N. Projecting gable chimney to C18 gable with
recessed segmental headed recess near top. Steps lead up eastward to
projecting square early C19 glazed timber porch in middle with elaborate
margin-light glazing, reeded pilasters, and wide mutuled cornice.
Original 3-lights early C18 mullioned 3-light leaded casement at rear
with rectangular quarries.

Listing NGR: TL1671326354

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Source: English Heritage

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