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Pirton Grange, Pirton

Description: Pirton Grange

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 163187

OS Grid Reference: TL1226832932
OS Grid Coordinates: 512268, 232932
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9835, -0.3666

Location: Apsley End Road, Shillington, Central Bedfordshire SG5 3HB

Locality: Pirton
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG5 3HB

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Pirton Grange Moated Enclosure and Associated Settling Pond, Pirton, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

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Listing Text

TL 13 SW (South side)
Apsley End

1/177 Pirton Grange


Large house. C15 with S crosswing, C16 S kitchen block, C16 or early C17
N crosswing with internal chimney, early C17 short W extension to S
kitchen block with 5-sided bay window to room over. Circa 1690 hall roof
raised about one metre, 3 tall sash windows inserted, centre of front
remodelled with modillioned cornice and doorhood, imposing stair built
in W end of S wing and bolection panelling installed. A vaulted brick
cellar added to W of old S kitchen inscribed 'JH 1724'. Extensive
renovations when house let c.1879 and given present appearance. Timber
frame with plastered panels and painted boards fixed on top of many
timbers. Frame exposed with red brick infill at S end. Steep old red
tile roofs with decorative cresting to ridges. Tall square chimneys with
corbelled tops. A large 2-storeys and attics moated house facing E
approached by a gatehouse over moat (q.v.), of courtyard of service
buildings to W only bakehouse and adjoining dairy remain (q.v.). E front
has taller 3-windows wide hall range flanked by projecting gabled
crosswings. Entrance in angle with N wing in line with large internal
chimney. Hipped dormer on roofslope, 3 tall flush-box sash windows to
1st floor with 12/12 small panes and thick ovolo glazing bays. 2
2-lights leaded casement windows to ground floor and elaborate hollow
arched plaster hood to entrance with a fan of swords and carved scrolled
brackets. Modillioned eaves cornice to centre. One casement window to
each floor of N wing, and 2 to each floor of S crosswing. This has a
kitchen block of equal height extending to S with a large 2-storeys
ovolo-moulded 5-sided bay on the E side under a gabled tiled roof. Large
chimney to this kitchen and to N side of N wing. S crosswing has several
original couples and mortice in E gable for collar-purlin. Resited
smoke-blackened rafters in hall roof. Clasped-purlin roof to N
crosswing. Axial floor beams indicate that neither crosswing was
jettied. Recent restoration has uncovered the original leaded glazing in
the side lights of the 5-sided bay window. Of c.1690 work bolection
moulded panelling to hall, chamber over, and chamber over S part. Fine
staircase with closed string barley-sugar twisted balusters, square
newels, moulded handrail, and striking balustrade to landing. Stair lit
by a C17 cross-window. 2-panels bolection moulded doors and plaster
cornices. Bold bolection moulded architraves to doors. Painted black
letter inscription in chimneypiece of large upper room, c.1590-1610,
with later bolection moulded panelling and fireplace. Other fireplaces
early C19. (RCHM (1911)162-3: VCH (1912)45: Pevsner (1977)271: RCHM

Listing NGR: TL1226832932

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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