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The Almhouses

A Grade II* Listed Building in Buntingford, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9459 / 51°56'45"N

Longitude: -0.0187 / 0°1'7"W

OS Eastings: 536273

OS Northings: 229338

OS Grid: TL362293

Mapcode National: GBR K8W.VFZ

Mapcode Global: VHGNX.MCG4

Entry Name: The Almhouses

Listing Date: 19 October 1951

Last Amended: 6 July 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1101350

English Heritage Legacy ID: 159780

Location: Buntingford, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG9

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Buntingford

Built-Up Area: Buntingford

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Layston with Buntingford

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

TL 3629 BUNTINGFORD HIGH STREET
(west side)

7/40 The Almshouses
(Seth Ward's Hospital)
19.10.51 Nos 1 to 15 (odd)

GV II*


Almshouses. 1684 (possibly by Robert Hooke) for Seth Ward Bishop
of Exeter and Salisbury, mathematician and astronomer, friend of
Wren. Plum brick in Flemish-bond, Portland stone dressings, and
steep old red tile hipped roof. 2 storeys, U-shaped building
around a court open to the E. 7-windows wide symmetrical front
to W range and 5-windows wings to N and S. 2 windows to each
floor on ends of wings which also have an offset plinth in line
with the red brick courtyard retaining wall topped by a wrought
iron railing on timber posts, swept up to a central gate
approached by 2 steps. Portland stone is used for the rusticated
quoins, plain floor band, bold modillioned cornice with egg-and-
dart bedmould, moulded 2-light mullioned windows, eared door
surrounds (without frieze below the cyma cornice), and elaborate
carved centrepiece. At the rear the elements are represented
by a deep coved cornice, brick band, and segmental brick arches
to the heavy wooden casement 2-light windows. All chimneys rise
from the back wall. Slightly projecting pedimented central bay
in courtyard has a window over a wide stone doorway with
ornamental head crowned with a swan-neck pediment enclosing the
arms of Bishop Ward. On tablet over door '1684/THIS HOSPITAL WAS
ERECTED AND/ENDOWED BY SETH WARD D:D: LD. BP. OF/SALISBURY &
CHANCELLr. OF YE MOST NOBLE: ORDER OF YE GARTERWHO WAS BORN IN
YIS:/TOWN WITHINYE PARRISH OF ASPDEN & EDVCA-/TED IN YE FREE-
SKOOL OF BUNTINGFORD.' Fine scrolled stone trusses support the
entablatcre with swelled frieze and moulded surround to battened
door. Houses for 4 men and 4 women. Each on 2 floors with
living room and another room on Ground floor and bedroom and
smaller room on 1st floor. 2 houses in each wing with doors at
each corner, 4 in main block separated by central feature.
Leaded glazing in opening lights, and battened doors one step up
from courtyard. A classical almshouses of 1684 of outstanding
interest. (RCHM (1911)140: VCH (1914)79: Pevsner (1977) 117-
8).


Listing NGR: TL3627329338

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