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Bowers House, Harpenden

Description: Bowers House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 163587

OS Grid Reference: TL1339014434
OS Grid Coordinates: 513390, 214434
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8170, -0.3564

Location: Bower's Parade, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2SG

Locality: Harpenden
Local Authority: St Albans City Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL5 2SG

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Listing Text

(east side)

16/53 Bower's House
(Nos 1-4)


Now 3 houses with early and late C18 red brick casing.
Internally it is a large C16 timber frame house, the centre part
possibly a late medieval hall. Plain tile roof. Tripartite
range of 3:5:2 flush sash windows. 2 storeys and attics. Centre
part is in early C18 vitrified brick with gauged red brick heads.
Upper floor windows have rubbed brick aprons with scalloped
soffits. Circa 1800 door with fielded and glazed panels and a
cut bracket hood. S block has similar detail and 1 hipped
dormer; N block is late C18 brick, the upper aprons with chequer
patterning. Large C16 red brick chimney stack between S and
centre parts: 2 square, 1 polygonal and 1 circular shafts, the
last with cut brick spiral pattern. Rear elevation has 2
projecting gable ends, that on S an early C18 stair turret with
late C18 casing. C17 lateral stack to rear centre with 2 joined
shafts. The original house was in two parts either side of the
main stack. Both parts have C16 moulded bearers and the S part
was originally jettied on both sides. 1st floor room to S of
entrance passage has a good C16 stone fireplace surround with
roll-moulded 4-centre arch. Very good open-well staircase with
triplets of plain-shafted balusters to each tread. (RCHM (1910);
RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL1339014434

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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