HILL FARM

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1100384
Date first listed:
19-Mar-1987
Statutory Address:
HILL FARM, LITTLE WOOD END

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
HILL FARM, LITTLE WOOD END

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

County:
Hertfordshire
District:
Dacorum (District Authority)
Parish:
Flamstead
National Grid Reference:
TL 05483 14030

Details

FLAMSTEAD LITTLE WOOD END TL 01 SE 4/35 Hill Farm -

GV II*

Farmhouse, now a private house. 1740s in style of Vanburgh for Sir Thomas Sebright of Beechwood as an eyecatcher from his mansion to NW (design by Richard Bentley for Sir Thomas of 1751-61 for a Gothick quatrefoil plan 'House on Hill Farm' may be for unexecuted scheme for remodelling the present 'folly'). Late C18 rear block probably replaced an older building to which the 1740s block had been added incorporating its staircase wing. Early C19 renovations. Red brick in English-bond, steep hipped old red tile roofs, slate roofs to turrets behind parapets. A tall 2 1/2-storeys and cellar castellated house with a rectangular turret at each end of its W front. Plan has end-chimneys and central entrance with passage running to stair at rear. Kitchen/main room at N, parlour at S. Rear block for late C18 kitchen and dairy with servant's stair later. Symmetrical W front of 3-windows and 2-storeys with turrets carried one stage higher and door in middle. Plinth, torus plat-band, arched and coved eaves cornice. Giant sunk and plastered cross-shaped arrow loops 3 to each turret. Brick label over doorway and window above. Flush-box sash windows with 6/6 panes and segmental arches. 3-lights casement over door. 2 pointed arched Gothick casement windows in S end of S turret, suggest front windows may originally have been pointed. 4-panels flush-beaded door in heavy frame with flat hood. Coved and arcaded cornice carried round turrets and across chimneys projecting to N and S. Double dentilled courses to corbelled top with ovolo offset between. Similar corbel course with one course of dentilled headers to rear 2-storeys and attics part of main block, with segmental arches to 3-lights casement windows. Lower 2-storeys 3-windows rear wing facing E with hipped roof projecting porch off centre. Long single-storey brick and tile range of outbuildings joins N end at acute angle and links to barn at NE. Interior has a closed string staircase with heavy turned balusters and heavy square newels. Wide fireplace in N room with wooden lintel under relieving arch. Grates with fluted surrounds c.1840 in front bedrooms and plain marble fireplace in parlour.

Listing NGR: TL0548314030

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
157811
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

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