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Pirton Grange

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pirton, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9835 / 51°59'0"N

Longitude: -0.3666 / 0°21'59"W

OS Eastings: 512268

OS Northings: 232932

OS Grid: TL122329

Mapcode National: GBR H5C.Q3F

Mapcode Global: VHFR2.LDJS

Entry Name: Pirton Grange

Listing Date: 9 June 1952

Last Amended: 24 October 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1175572

English Heritage Legacy ID: 163187

Location: Pirton, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG5

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Pirton

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Pirton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

TL 13 SW (South side)
Apsley End

1/177 Pirton Grange


Large house. C15 with S crosswing, C16 S kitchen block, C16 or early C17
N crosswing with internal chimney, early C17 short W extension to S
kitchen block with 5-sided bay window to room over. Circa 1690 hall roof
raised about one metre, 3 tall sash windows inserted, centre of front
remodelled with modillioned cornice and doorhood, imposing stair built
in W end of S wing and bolection panelling installed. A vaulted brick
cellar added to W of old S kitchen inscribed 'JH 1724'. Extensive
renovations when house let c.1879 and given present appearance. Timber
frame with plastered panels and painted boards fixed on top of many
timbers. Frame exposed with red brick infill at S end. Steep old red
tile roofs with decorative cresting to ridges. Tall square chimneys with
corbelled tops. A large 2-storeys and attics moated house facing E
approached by a gatehouse over moat (q.v.), of courtyard of service
buildings to W only bakehouse and adjoining dairy remain (q.v.). E front
has taller 3-windows wide hall range flanked by projecting gabled
crosswings. Entrance in angle with N wing in line with large internal
chimney. Hipped dormer on roofslope, 3 tall flush-box sash windows to
1st floor with 12/12 small panes and thick ovolo glazing bays. 2
2-lights leaded casement windows to ground floor and elaborate hollow
arched plaster hood to entrance with a fan of swords and carved scrolled
brackets. Modillioned eaves cornice to centre. One casement window to
each floor of N wing, and 2 to each floor of S crosswing. This has a
kitchen block of equal height extending to S with a large 2-storeys
ovolo-moulded 5-sided bay on the E side under a gabled tiled roof. Large
chimney to this kitchen and to N side of N wing. S crosswing has several
original couples and mortice in E gable for collar-purlin. Resited
smoke-blackened rafters in hall roof. Clasped-purlin roof to N
crosswing. Axial floor beams indicate that neither crosswing was
jettied. Recent restoration has uncovered the original leaded glazing in
the side lights of the 5-sided bay window. Of c.1690 work bolection
moulded panelling to hall, chamber over, and chamber over S part. Fine
staircase with closed string barley-sugar twisted balusters, square
newels, moulded handrail, and striking balustrade to landing. Stair lit
by a C17 cross-window. 2-panels bolection moulded doors and plaster
cornices. Bold bolection moulded architraves to doors. Painted black
letter inscription in chimneypiece of large upper room, c.1590-1610,
with later bolection moulded panelling and fireplace. Other fireplaces
early C19. (RCHM (1911)162-3: VCH (1912)45: Pevsner (1977)271: RCHM

Listing NGR: TL1226832932

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