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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: 1101282



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Hunsdon

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 19-Sep-1984

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 159927

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TL 4113 HUNSDON ACORN STREET (east side)

8/6 Nine Ashes Farm house opposite the lane to - Hunsdonbury


House. Early C19, incorporating part of Sir Thomas Forster's brick late C16 house, extended and re modelled in Arts and Crafts Style in later C19 (on OS 25" 1879). Large L-shaped 2 storeys brick farmhouse facing W. Grey brick later C19 W range with steep gabled tiled roof with cupola. Rear 2 storeys corridor under flatter slate roof. N range early C19 in yellow brick with hipped slate roof. Late C16 red brick, single storey building at E end of N range, half sunk in ground and with steep hipped slate roof, now a dairy. This has 3-light mullioned timber windows with lattice leaded glazing and external wire grilles. W front to irregular picturesque Arts and Crafts Style design with 5 windows. 2 half-timbered gables in centre with projecting verges carried on shaped brackets. Large leaded casement window with horizontal emphasis and moulded cornice, to 1st floor below each gable. 4-light similar window to right on each floor. 7-light canted wooden bay window with leaded lights and dentilled cornice on Ground floor below each timbered gable. Tapering square wooden cupola central, above ridge, with ogee lead roof, arched open sides with moulded cornice, bell inside and tall tapering finial with knob. 2 recessed sash windows of earlier house, on left above projecting shallow square bay with French doors, and above entrance beside lefthand bay window. Entrance with open gabled tiled porch deliberately designed to appear to cut across the contemporary classical pilastered doorcase with round-headed doorway. Turned balusters in the sides of the porch. Interior has panelled entrance hall with tiled fireplace and copper repousse fire hood and finger plates with hearts. 2 early copper light fittings, and original embossed strapwork ceiling covering and foliate frieze. Dining room also formed in older N range with added bay window, embossed ceiling and frieze and oak fire surround with tall tapered uprights and large cyma cornice. Drawing room and smoking room in front range have similar details. The earlier brick house was built by the Judge Sir Thomas Forster (tomb in church) probably remodelling on older house called Deathe. A description in 1600 mentions the barns, stabes and dovehouse still existing. Sold to Peter Calvert in 1675 and house pulled down by Nicolson Calvert in the early C19 (HLHS (1979) 35), and replaced by the present farmhouse as part of the Hunsdon House Estate. Remodelled when it was part of the Bonnington's Estate probably by Mr Baxendale. A large picturesque C19 farmhouse of special interest incorporating part of a C16 house, enlarged and altered in Arts and Crafts Style with original interiors remaining. Part of historic farm group.

Listing NGR: TL4170213186

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National Grid Reference: TL 41702 13186


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