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St Michael's Manor House, Saint Albans

Description: St Michael's Manor House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 163275

OS Grid Reference: TL1402007364
OS Grid Coordinates: 514020, 207364
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7534, -0.3496

Location: Fishpool Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4RY

Locality: Saint Albans
Local Authority: St Albans City Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL3 4RY

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Listing Text

(South Side)

St Michael's Manor House
TL 1407 SW 8/34 8.5.50.


Now hotel.
C17 late brick house with considerable alterations in C18 and early C19.
North (street) front 2 storeys and attic, 9 windows. The outer 2 windows
on both floors at either end are blocked. Very high pitched, hipped,
tiled roof with 3 dormers and deep, coved, eaves cornice. Small pediment
over slightly projecting, one-bay, centre section. Brick string at
1st floor, brick plinth with moulded coping, rusticated stone quoins.
Slightly recessed sash windows with glazing bars, of C18 later type.

West (entrance) front; altered late C18 or early C19: 2 storeys and attic,
5 windows. Roughcast, with parapet. Rusticated stone quoins. Slightly
recessed sash windows with glazing bars in plain reveals, one-light
except for 1st floor centre window which is 5-light under round arch
with stuccoed tympanum. Central, Doric, prostyle porch with 2 pairs
of columns, triglyph frieze and mutule cornice, now all glazed.
South (garden) front: 2 storeys and attic, 4 windows, the 3 at right side
in very large, projecting round bay of red brick, the full height of
house. High pitched, tiled roof, hipped and rounded over bay, has 3
round-headed dormers. Left hand 1st floor window is 3-light sash under
round arch with stuccoed tympanum. Ground floor window beneath is a later,
square bay with French doors. Right hand 1st floor windows are long
casements opening to cast iron balcony; ground floor windows full length
sashes with glazing bars, all under gauged, shallow segmental, brick arches.
There is a right hand section of 2 bays with irregular fenestration, well
set back. Inside, much decoration of early C19, including a staircase
which has plain, square balusters alternating with cast iron, palmette,
pattern supports. Elaborate cornices and door frames including one with
Adam style frieze, fluted and reeded pilasters and scrolled console brackets;
and another with mask on a wide keystone, and 3-domensional garlands of
fruit and flowers over frieze and pilasters. Rococo plaster ceiling on
1st floor landing, possibly early C19. In ground floor room to left of
entrance an Elizabethan plaster ceiling inscribed "IG 1586" in several
places. The decoration includes fleurs-de-lys and stylised, floral bosses
and is similar in style to the ceiling at No 41a Fishpool Street.
The inference is that the present house incorporates parts of a much older
building on the site.

Listing NGR: TL1402007364

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Source: English Heritage

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