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Ladygrove Stud Farm Including Dairy Cottage, Ladygrove Lodge, and Kiln Wood Lodge, Preston

Description: Ladygrove Stud Farm Including Dairy Cottage, Ladygrove Lodge, and Kiln Wood Lodge

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 January 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 162906

OS Grid Reference: TL1865924392
OS Grid Coordinates: 518659, 224392
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9054, -0.2766

Location: Highwood Lane, Preston, Hertfordshire SG4 7RT

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

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Listing Text

(South side)

9/114 Ladygrove Stud Farm including
14.1.77 Dairy Cottage, Ladygrove Lodge,
and Kiln Wood Lodge (formerly
listed as Two cottages and farm
buildings around courtyard at
Minsden Farm)


Model farm with 2 farm cottages, now a stud farm with staff cottage, and
two separate houses. 1913 by E.L. Lutyens for H.G. Fenwick as home farm
to Temple Dinsley (q.v.). Divided in late 1970s. Dark red brick in
English-bond with light red brick dressings. Steep handmade red tile
roofs with continuous tile corbel course to bellcast eaves. A compact
farm layout of single-storey, and 16-storeys buildings arranged around a
large enclosed courtyard and two narrower open-ended courts to S, on a
N-S axis, designed to appear symmetrical as approached from N between
twin cottages and through archway into large courtyard. The former dairy
now Dairy Cottage occupies the centre of this court surrounded on E, W
and S by stables. Taller gambrel-roofed cross range on N side has
2-storeys centre part with tall gabled projection flanked by recessed
balustraded staircases to E and W rising to hip-roofed projections with
doors to stair and at high-level to court. Lozenge pattern of dove-holes
with tile ledges in gable of projection and splayed doorway with
round-arch, tile filled spandrels and segmental outer arch. Similar
doorways now converted to windows at junction of single-storey
outbuilding ranges to the 2 cottages, and as front door to Dairy
Cottage. 3 lower pitched roof ranges run southward defining a
cattle-yard on E and a horse-yard on W. The central and E ranges have
cross-gables at their N ends, with louvred vent in tilehung N gable, and
heavy wooden sliding door. S part of W range is a taller barn with
hipped porch and boarded double doors on W side. N part stables opening
into yard. The buildings present a long elevation to lane on E with 5
small -2-lights brick mullioned windows with tile lintels and drips.
Typical Lutyens chimney with clasping corner pilasters and waisted top
near W end of gambrel roofed cross-range. Copied on Dairy Cottage when
re-roofed and converted in 1970 after being derelict. Wall built across
archway then closing axial approach from S. Tall archway in middle of S
crossrange has arched-braces and heavy posts at each end and wind-vane
with a cow on top in centre. 2 symmetrically disposed 1 storeys small
cottages at N with steep mansard roofs with hipped dormers at eaves,
lower hipped projection central on N for stair with entrance in side
facing drive, and outshut under catslide roof to outer side. Flush
wooden 2-lights casement windows, under segmental arches to ground
floor. Some alteration to entrances to provide recessed porches. Each
has a tall central chimney with clasping corner pilasters, waisted top,
and projecting panels on N and S faces. Originally named Home Farm,
later Minsden Farm. (Pevsner (1977)249: Lutyens Exhib Cat (1981)194).

Listing NGR: TL1865924392

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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