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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: 1101686



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sawbridgeworth

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 06-Jun-1952

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 160737

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BELL STREET 1. 5253 (South Side) No 4 (The Elms health centre) TL 4816 1487:3/28 6.6.52 II GV 2. Early C18. Large L-shaped house of 2 storeys, cellars and attics, timber- framed and plastered. High brick wall extending to E. C19, 2-storey weatherboarded and slate roofed extensions to rear. Old red tile roofs, hipped and with bellcast to eaves. Red brick chimneys rising through ridge. N front has 2 hipped dormers, wood modillioned eaves cornice, panelled pargetting and symmetrical 4 window front A-B-B-A with a central pargetting motif of a circle within a quatrefoil over the door. The inner 1st floor windows have flush box sashes with architraves and 6/6 panes of crown glass in thick glazing bars ovolo moulded internally. Outer windows on 1st floor have wider flush box sashes with 8/8 panes, possibly later in date. Same pattern of windows on Gd floor but sashes renewed. Wood doorcase up steps. Fluted Ionic pilasters rise from moulded bases and support a full entablature with swelled frieze and triangular pediment. Sun firemark no. 169528 in tympanum. E front to garden has modillioned cornice, flush box sashes 8/8 with architraves at 1st floor flanking central triple window 4/4:8/8:4/4. French doors central to Gd floor flanked by 8/12 sashes. Wide entrance hall flanked by 2 rooms. 1st floor RH room has simple dentilled cornice and shouldered wooden fire surround with scrolls supporting entablature as shelf. Original stair with heavy balusters leading to attics which have chamfered plank doors with old iron hinges. Attached single storey slate roofed outbuildings extend to S and support small C18 wrought iron garden gate with horizontal panel of scrollwork. The name dates only from 1888 and the house was bought by the local authority in 1964 (EHDC Deeds). The N front is illustrated by Nathaniel Lloyd as an example of pargetting in his A History of the English House (1931) p279.

Listing NGR: TL4831514824

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Lloyd, N, History of the English House, (1931), 279

National Grid Reference: TL 48315 14824


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