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Description: Westbury House Flats 1, 2, 3, 4
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 163124
OS Grid Reference: TL1409927094
OS Grid Coordinates: 514099, 227094
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9307, -0.3419
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OFFLEY LUTON ROAD
TL 1427 (West side)
12/114 Westbury House
9.6.52 Flats 1, 2, 3, 4.
(formerly listed as
under School Lane)
Farmhouse, now flats. C15 or early C16 former open hall house with
2-storeys. S crosswing, floor and chimney inserted in hall in later C16
(according to records probably between 1564 and 1569 by Robert Ivory
(inf Mrs. Vera Davis)); jettied porch and taller N crosswing probably of
that time or early C17, C19 and C20 gabled rear additions. Timber frame
on stuccoed brick sill, roughcast. Plaster to ground floor of S wing at
front. Roughcast single-storey L-shaped brick outbuilding at S end.
Steep old red tile roofs. A 2-storeys and attics, H-shaped house facing
E set at back of farmyard, with 2 gabled crosswings, gabled jettied
porch with pointed archway, and 2-storeys canted bay window to right of
porch. Very large internal chimney at junction of centre and N wing with
semi-circular attached shaft to broad stepped face of chimney above roof
with red brick corbelled cap renewed. Internal gable chimneys at rear
gable of each wing. Narrow projecting stair tower in rear angle of
centre with N wing. Front has 3-light flush C19 lattice casement windows
generally but 2-lights to attic top of gable of N wing. Gabled dormer on
N roofslope also lights this attic floor. Interior has elaborately
moulded cross-beam carrying inserted floor in hall with hollow moulded
bracket support from chamfered post on rear wall. Structure of older S
service wing of 2 bays with jowled posts, convex-curved tension braces
set inside wall studs, clasped-purlin roof with one purlin in each slope
carried on collar-and-queen-struts. Mortices under tie-beam for
cross-partition into 2 rooms on 1st floor and presumably for service
rooms on ground floor. Edge-halved scarf in wallplate. (RCHM (1911)161:
VCH (1912)39: Pevsner (1977)265: RCHM Typescript).
Listing NGR: TL1409927094
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Source: English Heritage
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