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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1051056



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Stanstead Abbots

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 04-Dec-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 355938

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TL 31NW STANSTEAD ABBOTS ROYDON ROAD (OFF) (north side) Tarbets Hill 5/38 Stanstead Bury



Manor house of Stanstead. Oldest part is SW wing, late C15 for Abbey of Waltham; 1563 additions to N and E of neuclius; mid C17 range to SW (demolished in early C19) 1689 E range remodelled for Edmund Field as principle front; after 1802 S front refaced for Robert Jocelyn; 1930-31 N wing built, entrance moved to W and accretions removed by E G Cole for Sir William Gosselin Trower (RCHM Typescript). Heraldic stained glass dated 1563 in chamber over W door. Timberframing, generally plastered but exposed on stair turret; C16 and later red brick largely plastered over, but exposed on W and N. Steep red tiled roof. A compact irregular large house of 2-storeys and attics presenting formal symmetrical fronts to E and S. SW wing is the original timberframed hall- range with crown-post roof, now cased in C18 red brick and with inserted floor and attics. C16 brick range, added to E of hall refaced and plastered in early C!9 to form S front. Square C16 brick block added to NE of hall, with parlour and chamber over and semi-octagonal turnpike stair turret with decorative exposed timberframing. A 3rd storey added in C17 timberframing, and timber bellcote over roofs to S. The E range of 2-storeys, attics and cellar contains the principal rooms and central staircase. The present entrance is into an old gabled brick rear range on its E side which appears to have been unaltered in 1689 when the main range was altered and remodelled as a tall symmetrical brick building with steep tiled hipped roof, modillioned eaves cornice, advanced centre, 2, 3 and 2 tall windows (triangular pediment over lower central window formerly the main door) and 4 dormer windows in the roof slope with triangular and curved pediments, a b b a. C17 leaded casement cross windows to dormers and 1-window on N wall under a flat gauged arch. Elsewhere replaced by flush box sashes with 6/9 panes. S front of stucco symmetrical, 2 storeys and 3-windows, with advanced centre and steep hipped roof. Ground floor openings set in round arched recessed panels. Central half- glazed door with panelled fanlight. Recessed sash windows with 9/6 panes below and 6/6 above. Modillioned eaves and moulded cornice. Interior has c1690 stair hall with bolection moulded oak panelling, cornice, cut string oak stair with carved and fluted balusters, with group of 4 to wreath at bottom, stone floor with black marble dots, and similar bolection panelling and fine cornices in E range. Jacobean wooden Doric columns to support upper floor in dairy (former C16 parlour), turnpike stair with central pole in turret, moulded and stopped wooden opening on 1st floor over entrance hall, C18 cast iron firebasket with classical reliefs in 1st floor E room, and a marble fire surround with fluted coloured inlay in S range. Ground floor (which may have been introduced c1930). RCHM (1911) 210: VCH (1912) 369: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3999011190

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 369
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 21 Hertfordshire,

National Grid Reference: TL 39990 11190


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