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Sopwell House, Saint Albans

Description: Sopwell House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 163229

OS Grid Reference: TL1561905345
OS Grid Coordinates: 515619, 205345
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7349, -0.3271

Location: Mile House Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2ES

Locality: Saint Albans
Local Authority: St Albans City Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL1 2ES

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Listing Text

(West Side)

Sopwell House
TL 10 NE 24/125 8.5.50.


Early C18 manor house which incorporated an earlier building on the site,
not now visible; and was altered and extended early C19. Now 3 storeys,
8 windows in irregular front broken forward in 2 left bays (the original
building) and further forward in the 6th bay which contains the entrance.
Low pitched, slate roof concealed by parapet, whole front stuccoed with
bands below parapet and at 1st and 2nd floor levels. All windows recessed
sashes with glazing bars in plain reveals, segment headed except for those
on ground floor left of entrance which are round arched.
Round arched entrance with impost blocks and keystone on which rests a
thin cornice hood also supported by lions' masks above wide, panelled,
modified pilasters. Deeply recessed door to lozenge-shaped hall with door
openings in the 4 long sides. These have semi-circular tympana above,
with allegorical figures in modallions. Shallow, 8-part groin-vaulted
ceiling. All ground floor rooms have ornamental cornices, some with
modillions or with anthenion pattern and guilloche moulding. Early C18
staircase with turned balusters. A one-storey, 2-window extension to the
right front of the building abuts on a large, set-back, stuccoed, round
arch with architrave and keystone framed by an order, with paterae in
spandrels, surmounted by cresting with paterae and garlands, and urn finial.
A one-storey, 2-window lodge adjoins the arch at right, balancing the
extension to left of arch. Both returns to arch have door in panelled
reveal, with pilasters and wide cornice hood on curved brackets. Windows
similar to those of main block.

Listing NGR: TL1561905345

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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