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MacKerye End, Wheathampstead

Description: MacKerye End

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 164010

OS Grid Reference: TL1561015582
OS Grid Coordinates: 515610, 215582
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8269, -0.3238

Location: Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 5DS

Locality: Wheathampstead
Local Authority: St Albans City Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL5 5DS

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Listing Text


3/461 Mackerye End



Large manor house. 1665 (date plaque on right gable). Red
brick. Plain tile roof. Symmetrical front with projecting
wings. Contemporary rear kitchen wing in timber frame with red
brick infill. 2 storeys and attics. 1:5:1 windows. The wings
have Holborn gables and large Tudor-style chimney stacks with
square bases and 3 octagonal shafts, the centre ones patterned.
Central porch has voussoired brick arch in square frame, Doric
pilasters and segmental pediment. Continuous plinth, floorband
and moulded brick cornice. The windows have raised brick
surrounds and gauged flat lintels. They were lowered in the C18
and have C19 mullioned and transomed casements. 2 hipped dormers
in centre. Contemporary wooden bell turret with arched openings
and an ogee leaded canopy surmounted by a tall finial and
weathervane. N elevation has a blocked doorway to the staircase
hall. Simple brick pilasters and pediment. S elevation has
gabled porch with simple arched opening; C18-19 stone sundial on
wall near front gable. Kitchen wing on rear S side is 2 storeys
and attics. Light box frame construction. Large red brick stack
on E side has multiple square shafts in stepped formation. 2
hipped casement dormers. Gabled rear projections. Early C19
extension towards S. Main block has a late C19 rear corridor
extension. Inside the house was modified in the mid C18, when
the central and northern ground floor rooms received rococo
plasterwork. Central corridor was probably inserted at this
time. Outstanding feature is the 1665 open-well staircase on the
N side with heavy oak turned balusters and Jacobean-style
finials. Adjoining on either side of the front of the house are
C17 red brick garden walls, between 2 and 3 metres high, with
plinths and brick coping. Terminal C18 square piers. The house
was described by Charles Lamb in the 'Essays of Elia'. (RCHM

Listing NGR: TL1573815694

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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