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The Dower House and Wall to Garden Attached

A Grade II Listed Building in Westmill, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9118 / 51°54'42"N

Longitude: -0.0066 / 0°0'23"W

OS Eastings: 537208

OS Northings: 225574

OS Grid: TL372255

Mapcode National: GBR K9G.53V

Mapcode Global: VHGP3.T6VR

Entry Name: The Dower House and Wall to Garden Attached

Listing Date: 24 January 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1174067

English Heritage Legacy ID: 161380

Location: Westmill, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG9

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Westmill

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Westmill

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

(east side)

2/26 The Dower House
and Wall to Garden attached


2 houses joined as a country house. Late C17 incorporating 2 C16
separate houses, subsequently enlarged in C18, altered in C19,
enlarged to almost square plan by Raymond Erith in 1960's.
C17/C18 square walled garden on S now attached to house. Red
brick with blue headers encasing timber framed parts. Old red
tile hipped roofs with moulded wooden eaves cornice on W, and
high parapet with attic windows, and gabled roofs behind, on E
side. 2 storeys and attics main block linked by single-storey
part to walled garden on S. Facing W. The present rectangular
large house is composed of a C16 T-plan house on the SE, of hall
and parlour block, extending N from the walled garden: a C16
central chimney 2-cell house a little to NW of the other: a C17
small block linking the two with stair and service rooms: an
early C18 grander stair block in the NE angle: a larger extension
to NE in 1960's by Raymond Erith making the house rectangular and
providing a unified garden facade on the E. W front in old red
brick with floor band has a formerly symmetrical 3-windows LH
part with central door into lobby by central chimney with tall
cruciform shaft. Slightly recessed sash windows with 6/6 panes
and flat gauged arches 2 on ground floor to left of door.
Doorcase flanked by broad fluted Doric pilasters with triglyph
frieze breaking forward over each and flat leaded cornice. Half-
glazed panelled door in moulded frame. 2-bay C19 extension to RH
of uniform height but with hipped dormer, and casement windows
set lower. N end of NE part has a more elaborate C17 treatment
with ovolo-moulded floorband, chamfered plinth and no eaves
cornice, central hipped dormer with cornice, flush box sash
window on 1st floor and blocked window below. Darker red brick 5
windows, 2-storeys and attic E front in churchwarden'sGothick
with stucco quoins, floor band, moulded parapet coping, surrounds
to 3 oval attic windows, and classical moulded surrounds to
central double glazed doors and flanking narrow windows.
Delicate panelled surrounds with lion-mask corner blocks to boxes
of recessed sash windows with 6/6 panes. Windows grouped 2-1-2
each with brick labels. Central doors have a stucco entablature
and the glazed panels have ogee glazing bars. Side windows have
pointed heads to upper lights. Large external chimney with
offsets to N end. Radial glazing bars to attic windows. 3m high
red brick wall with buttresses surrounds the walled garden on all
sides and there is a pedimented doorway into the house. Urns on
corner piers. Interior largely remodelled. Stop chamfered beam
in passage to library. Early C18 panelling on ground floor in NW
part. Formerly called Knights Hill. (RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3720825574

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