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Poynders End, Preston

Description: Poynders End

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 162897

OS Grid Reference: TL1903124896
OS Grid Coordinates: 519031, 224896
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9099, -0.2710

Location: Poynders End, Preston, Hertfordshire SG4 7RX

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

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Listing Text


4/105 Poynders End


House. '1906 HES' on weathervane. By Geoffrey Lucas for Frederick
Seebohm as wedding present for his son Hugh Exton Seebohm. Largely
roughcast, some red brick in English-bond, very steep dark red tile
roofs with swept valleys. A tall L-shaped 2-storeys, cellar and attics
Free Jacobean style house entered from W with main rooms facing E
and single-storey arcaded outhouse and garage range extending to S and
facing E. Informal plan with large L-shaped drawing room occupying N end
of range lit by rectangular bay window at NW and semi-octagonal bay at
E. Dining room has 2 similar semi-octagonal bays on E and is separated
by a passage from the large stair hall on the W side of the house. The
kitchen, butler's pantry and other service rooms occupy the parts to the
S of the stair and project in a short gabled wing on W answered by a
cross-gable on the E front. The front entrance gives onto a small lobby
with a door directly into the drawing room and a twin door into the
staircase hall. The W side of the house is austere with a full-height
narrow gabled porch with 4-centred arched moulded oak entrance with
3-lights flush mullioned wooden leaded casement on 1st floor and small
lozenge shaped decorative window in gable. 2 canted dormers on roofslope
to right and massive red brick internal central chimney with corbelled
top. 6-lights casement window to staircase hall with row of 3 small
2-lights windows to ground floor. Symmetrical display of casement
windows in horizontal bands to W gable of projecting wing to right hand.
A 4-lights casement window over a long band on 1st floor made up of 3
2-lights casements separated by 2 decorative plaster panels the size of
one light with lozenge motif all under a continuous drip. 4-lights
casement to ground floor central below. Tall red brick chimney rises in
N roofslope of wing. Wide oak plank front door with decorative iron
fittings set back in porch which is lined in red brick. E front also'
asymmetrical with 3 2-storeys semi-octagonal large bay windows, with
roughcast aprons and red brick bases. A recessed loggia in red brick
separates the northern bay from the 2 lighting the dining room. Wrought
iron sundial on oak panelling over loggia has butterfly dovetails
joining the boards and a Greek inscription. Transomed mullioned casement
windows to bays with rectangular leaded panes. Double doors off-centre
in loggia into stair lobby. S part of this front has flush mullioned
wooden windows with leaded glazing a 5-lights window to ground floor
and 3 2-lights windows to 1st floor. The S gable of the house has a wide
oriel window with cove beneath and elm boarding to the jettied gable
triangle over. The N gable end is a carefully designed asymmetric
composition with projecting massive gable chimney in red brick flanked
at each level by small 2-lights windows with rounded heads to lights,
and large rectangular 2-storeys bay window with tiled gabled roof,
brick base, and cast lead decorative panelled apron to jettied upper
storey. The original double garage at the S end of the group rises
above the outhouse and is reached by a recessed covered way with timber
arcade. Wrought iron wind-vane with date and initials on garage.
Interior has Jacobean moulded string staircase with turned pine
balusters, oak moulded hand rail, heavy square newels and each tread a
triangular section of elm moulded on sloping soffit. Painted white
panelling and wide 4-centred stone fireplace to drawing room with
herringbone tile pattern to fireback. 4-centred simpler fire screen to
dining room which has lozenge-shaped decorative bosses on ceiling with
loops for oil lamps. Complete fitted butler's pantry. Deep recess on
half landing of stair and mezzanine planning of service rooms behind.
(Pevsner (1977)173).

Listing NGR: TL1903124896

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Source: English Heritage

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