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The Cold Bath, in the Middle of Speedwell Belt

A Grade II Listed Building in Woburn, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.982 / 51°58'55"N

Longitude: -0.61 / 0°36'36"W

OS Eastings: 495558

OS Northings: 232413

OS Grid: SP955324

Mapcode National: GBR F2D.NL7

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.CFWZ

Entry Name: The Cold Bath, in the Middle of Speedwell Belt

Listing Date: 16 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113999

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38227

Location: Woburn, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Woburn

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Woburn

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

9/124 The Cold Bath, in middle
- of Speedwell Belt
- II
Remains of garden building known as the Cold Bath. Probably late C18 or early
C19. Red brick structure cased in coursed rubble (mainly limestone) to E. A
flew ashlar details. Consists of a single wall, apparently the E wall of what
might originally have been a loggia. Single storeyed with 3 roughly round-
arched heads, central one taller. W elevaton: 3 bays, central one broader.
Central bay has 3 round-arched recesses, the ashlar impost bands and keystones
with vermiculated rustication. Each arch also contains ashlar console at
impost level. Arches surmounted by applied band. Central bay flanked by
engaged antae (also with ashlar impost bands) which seem formerly to have
supported arches perpendicular to wall. Outer bays have patches of coursed
rubble. (the back of E elevation niches) and were apparently painted or
stuccoed. Evidence at outer edges of returning walls with rubble casing
wrapped around them. E elevaton: 3 bays, with broader projecting central bay.
Deliberately rustic style coursed rubble. Central bay has fairly deep arched
recess with roughly cut keystone. This is surmounted by semi-circular recess.
Flanking round-arched niches with roughly cut keystones. Within angles formed
by projection of central bay are engaged antae surmounted by ashlar volutes. 2
carved bearded grotesque heads approximately 1 metre high (discovered in
adjacent pond and presently in store), evidently from the structure, although
original siting not now obvious. Bedfordshire Record Office: CRT 130 Wob 47,
notes on Woburn Abbey and associated buildings compiled by C. Rhodes.

Listing NGR: SP9555832413

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