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Date Listed: 11 May 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 302579
OS Grid Reference: TQ3791826668
OS Grid Coordinates: 537918, 126668
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0228, -0.0349
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HORSTED KEYNES TREEMANS ROAD
TQ 32 NE 12/472
It is an L-shaped building. The original portion is C16 and timber-framed but now
mostly tile-hung, though the timbering with red brick infilling is exposed in one
place. The south front of the south-east wing is faced with ashlar with long and
short quoins and a large brick chimney breast. The north-east wing has a projection
of 2 storeys with a gable on its east side which is the end of the Elizabethan part
of the house. Beyond this the wing was been extended to the east in the late C17
and refaced or enlarged on its north-west face. This front has 3 storeys and
5 windows. Red brick and grey headers. Stone stringcourse above each floor. Brick
parapet. Casement windows with stone keystones and small square leaded panes. Door-
way with semi-circular doorsteps, door of 8 fielded panels and flat hood over. The
north gable end of this wing has moulded bargeboards and brackets with the date 1693
and a brick stringcourse. The house was occupied by the Wyatt family for many years,
but it is chiefly known as the residence of Mary Benson, widow of Edward White Benson,
Archbishop of Canterbury, from 1899 to her death in 1918. Some of the books of all
3 of her sons, A.C. Benson, R.H. Benson and E.F. Benson were written here. But
Mrs Benson's life in the house is best described in her son E.F. Benson's book "Mother
Listing NGR: TQ3791826668
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Source: English Heritage
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