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Maydencroft Manor

A Grade II* Listed Building in St. Ippolyts, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9328 / 51°55'57"N

Longitude: -0.2824 / 0°16'56"W

OS Eastings: 518189

OS Northings: 227421

OS Grid: TL181274

Mapcode National: GBR H62.TNQ

Mapcode Global: VHGNS.2P26

Entry Name: Maydencroft Manor

Listing Date: 9 June 1952

Last Amended: 28 May 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1347391

English Heritage Legacy ID: 162668

Location: St. Ippolyts, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG4

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: St Ippolyts

Built-Up Area: Hitchin

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: St Ippolyts

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

TL 1827 (North side)

8/56 Maydencroft Manor
9.6.52 (formerly listed as
Maydencroft Farmhouse)


House. Late medieval former open hall house in E part of N wing, C16 E
wing possibly built as a separate house, united and hall floored over
early C17 ('EC/1615' on oak pillar supporting inserted floor), later in
C17 originally unheated block to W of hall, subsequently kitchen added
to N wing, gabled stair turret on E side of E wing, and L-shaped lean-to
service room in NE angle of kitchen and hall. Interior features of early
C18 and some brick casing. Renovated 1980-81. Timber frame on red brick
sill, frame exposed with plaster infill panels in E wing and W gable of
N wing, roughcast 1st floor of N wing, red brick casing to ground floor
of N wing and lower buildings to N of N wing. Steep old red tile roofs.
A large 2-storeys house on a moated site with 2 long wings joined at
right-angles and 1 1/2-storeys service wing extending to N of N wing. N
wing faces S, and E wing faces W with entrance near junction with N wing
and jettied S gable end. Irregular fenestration with 3-lights C16 leaded
casement windows (one of 4 lights to hall and C19 casements each of
6-lights to jettied S end of E wing. N wing has 3 windows to each floor
on S front. E wing has 4 windows to 1st floor and 3 to ground floor,
that to left of door an early C17 4-lights ovolo moulded mullioned
window moved here from kitchen wing on N. Battened oak door in old
hollow chamfered doorway with 4-centred head. Similar blocked door at S
end of this W front noted in works in 1965. Front shows 4 structural
bays. Entrance into N bay with stair projection to rear. Late C17
cut-string stair with barley-sugar twist balusters, panelled newells all
lit by large 9-lights mullioned and transomed window. Large 3-bays room
to S has chamfered cross-beams supported by brackets on the bay-posts,
early C18 panelling with dado and cornice, large open fireplace in
middle of rear (E) wall but indications that the S end bay may
originally have been partitioned off. Large projecting rear wall chimney
of flint and clunch with 2 diagonal brick shafts. Bolection moulded
marble fire surround added in C20. Similar large rear wall chimney on N
side of hall in E part of N wing has 3 diagonal shafts and 4-centred
fireplace now blocked on 1st floor. The medieval hall was of one bay
with a narrow screens passage bay to W the whole forming a square plan
with smoke blackened clasped-purlin roof. E wall of hall removed and
room extended to E with stone floor and Doric column dated 1615 on line
of former hall wall. Convex curved tension braces, heavy jowled posts,
and long curved braces to tie-beam in hall bay. Later W block has
edge-halved scarf joint with bridled butts in rear wallplate. Added
rearwall chimney to heat W room. Kitchen to N originally open to roof
has large internal chimney with oven to rear (N) and lobby entrance from
W. 2 gabled dormers at eaves and 4-lights casement window to ground
floor. (RCHM (1911)130 no. 2: VCH (1912)25: Pevsner (1977)148: RCHM
Typescript: inf Mrs. Rance, and the owners).

Listing NGR: TL1818927421

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