Bell Bridge House

31 May 2002
Bell Bridge House, The Street, Aspenden, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG9 9PD
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

TL 32 NE ASPENDEN THE STREET 4/4 (south side) TL 3528 8/4 Bell Bridge House

22. 2.67


House. C15 or early C16 middle part, late C16 central chimney and parlour extension at E with floor inserted in C17, and C18 E chimney. W (service) part rebuilt in C18 or C19. Timber frame on low brick sill, roughcast with weatherboarded apron. Steep old red tile roof. A 2-storeys, 3-cells, central-chimney, lobby- entry plan house facing N with C17 rear stair turret, and gabled front porch (renewed). Irregular fenestration with 4 leaded flush casements to 1st floor and 3 to ground floor. 2-light flush Yorkshire sliding casements at rear. External E gable chimney added in C18 to heat previously unheated parlour.

Parlour has exposed C17 chamfered and stopped narrow joists and axial beam to ceiling. Hall has a fine elaborately moulded timber C16 fireplace lintol to open fire, entrance to stair, and very massive flat axial joists, heavy cross-beam and massive square posts. Stepped-jowled post and jetty corner bracket survive in enclosed space by stair (note and drawings by Gordon Moodey in RCHM files) which with remaining upper-floor walls, tension bracing, tie-beams, and shutter groove for window on N side wall of chamber over hall, show that the late C16 chimney was built against a jettied external end-wall of an older building. What survives is the E bay of a 2-storeys wing, of at least 2 bays, of a house the hall and service end of which extended either in line to the W or at right angles to the S.

Listing NGR: TL3600428214


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Photographer: Heasman, Graham R.

Rights Holder: Heasman, Graham R.


Brick, Roughcast, Tile, Timber, Weatherboard, Medieval Jettied House, Tudor Monument <By Form>, Jettied Building, Timber Framed Building, Timber Framed House, House, Domestic, Dwelling