Moor Hall Farmhouse

4 May 2006
Moor Hall Farmhouse, Moor Hall Lane, Thorley, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, CM23 4BJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


4/7 Moor Hall Farm house



House. C16 or earlier hall-house. Reroofed, floor inserted and stair turret added on E in C17. Altered, extended on E, and N end faced in red brick in mid C19. Manor house of Moorhall Manor belonging to Merton Priory 1291 up to 1544 when acquired by Sir Henry Parker and the same year passed to the Newce family, the holders in 1611 (VCH III (1912) 375). Timberframed and plastered, 2 storeys under steep pitched gabled old red tile roof. Red brick C19 parts on E and facing to N end. 70 feet long 4 rooms in line plan, end rooms shorter. N short room reconstructed as entrance and staircase hall in C19. N long room and S short room have axial chamfered beams. Remaining soot blackened rafters in roof and different floor construction suggest S long room was an open hall. Off axis C18 central chimney may replace timberframed chimney (RCHM Typescript). Main front originally on W. Plastered over low sill, with bold C17 plaster eaves cove with roll moulding at springing. 3- and 2- light C19 wooden casement windows irregularly spaced. 4 on 1st floor cut into cove. 3 on Ground floor and French window under tiled lean-to hood. External gable chimney on S gable. N front has 2 bargeboarded gables, C19 recessed sash windows, gabled brick porch on right and canted bay window with tiled roof on left. Timbers exposed inside, especially close studded partitions with wattle and daub panels in roofspace, and heavy swept jowled posts and chamfered tie beams on 1st floor. C18 moulded wooden fire surround with dentilled cornice, moved from room over hall to Ground floor NE room. Remains of barrel vaulted brick cellar under E extension. Clasped purlin roof with lap-jointed collars, does not match bay divisions of older walls and partitions.

Listing NGR: TL4672918916


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0964 IOE Records taken by Peter L Herring; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Peter L. Herring. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Herring, Peter L.

Rights Holder: Herring, Peter L.


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