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Balhams Hall and the Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in High Cross, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8486 / 51°50'55"N

Longitude: -0.0232 / 0°1'23"W

OS Eastings: 536261

OS Northings: 218516

OS Grid: TL362185

Mapcode National: GBR KB7.0YY

Mapcode Global: VHGP9.KS3Q

Entry Name: Balhams Hall and the Cottage

Listing Date: 24 January 1967

Last Amended: 23 November 1983

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1347496

English Heritage Legacy ID: 161068

Location: Thundridge, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG11

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Thundridge

Built-Up Area: High Cross

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: High Cross St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

High Cross
TL 36 18 STANDON HIGH ROAD
(west side)

9/11 Balhams Hall and The
Cottage
24.1.67 (formerly listed as
Balhams Hall)

GV II*

House, now 2 houses. C15, altered in late C16 and C18. Timber
frame roughcast with old red tile roofs, now hipped at front. H-
plan open-hall house with 2 crosswings, parlour wing at N (The
Cottage), and C18 stair in rear angle of hall and service wing at
S. Late C16 inserted floor with provision for smoke hood in
lower bay of hall. C17 large central chimney inserted at upper
end of hall. House sub-divided in early C18 when front jettied
projections and gables removed and part of ground floor rebuilt
in brick at S end. E front has 4 windows irregularly spaced on
each floor. Flush sash windows with 6/6 panes above and 8/8
below. 6-panel door up 2 steps on N end next corner with flat
hood on shaped brackets. Gabled wings of different projection at
rear with panelled pargetting. Large central chimney and C18
external end chimney at S. Entrance from rear into site of cross
passage with blocked doorwing to stair and twin doorways to
buttery and pantry with hollow chamfer and 4-centred heads.
Partition between removed. Heavy square joists in both
crosswings. Heavy roll-moulded beams and chamfered and stopped
joists to C16 inserted floor in hall. Wave moulded supporting
ledge pegged to side walls. Floor designed to support a smoke
hood in the lower bay and roof collars cut away above, shutter
grooves and mullion mortice for diamond mullioned windows in
front and rear walls. Surviving 3-light window in N wall of S
wing looking over rear slope of hall roof. Large C17 red brick
fireplace and stack at upper end of hall. Crown-post roofs.
Cambered tie-beams over centre of hall with chamfered and stopped
crown-post and 4-way curved bracing. Tension bracing in framing
of S wing. Early C18 2-panel doors with H-hinges and heavy
moulded mantle shelfs to 1st floor fireplaces.


Listing NGR: TL3643519893

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