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East Hertfordshire (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TL 40054 33393


TL 4033 ANSTEY PAYNES END (South side)

6/23 Bandons -

- II

Manor house. C15 E wing, hall range largely rebuilt in C19. E wing timber framed, roughcast on E and S but cased in painted brick on N and W. W range of painted brick. Old tile roofs to E wing and E kitchen extension, hipped red tile roof to W range. A 2 storeys and cellar L-shaped house, formerly facing S but rebuilt facing N in C19. The unusually large, C15, 2-storeys, 4-bay crosswing, jettied to S contains 2 rooms on each floor with a central straight stairway between. Massive timbers with the finest workmanship, chamfered and hollow moulded in 2 orders point to the Ground Floor S room being the principal Parlour but the N room is only a little less elaborate, and the 2 chambers on the 1st floor originally open to the 4-bay crown-post roof. With close-studding, tension bracing, and large heavy flat joists closely spaced the crosswing is of the highest quality of C15 craftsmanship. An external E side chimney remains for S part, a corresponding side-chimney for N part may have been removed in C19 when present E kitchen added. Hall range, 4 steps up, retains E gable internal chimney with large open fireplace, probably of C17 date, and its irregular plan suggests alteration and extension rather than a complete rebuild. This range has a symmetrical elevation on N with central door and 2 2-storeys brick canted bay windows each topped by a moulded cornice. Recessed sash windows of 2/2 panes under cambered gauged arches. Door up 4 steps has 5-panels and a wide moulded surround. Projecting gabled E wing on left has brick casing, plinth, toothed verge courses, and sash windows. Large deep well a little to N of this wing and gabled brick kitchen set back on left. Irregular S front with 2-storeys lean-to E extension of W range partly overlapping jettied end of E wing set back on right. Interior of E wing has brick floor, close-studded partition, four-centred chamfered doorhead, and hollow chamfered cross-beam with hollow chamfered knee braces rising from colonettes and continued by extra moulding on soffit of beam in Parlour. Chamfered posts, cross-beam and knee braces, with chequered tile floor in N Ground floor room. Curved braces, jowled chamfered posts, edge-halved scarf joint with bridled butts in wallplate on 1st floor, and fine 4-bay crown-post roof with long curved braces to collar purlin and flat rafters now in roof space. Horizontal mortice-and-tenon joint with 2 staggered pegs used as scarf joint in collar purlin. Centre of manor formed in C15 from Anstey Manor. A manor house of outstanding interest for its unusually large and elaborate timber framed parlour cross-wing. (VCH (1914)14: Bailey (1980)16).

Listing NGR: TL4005433393


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Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1914), 14
Bailey, (1980)


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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Date: 26 Aug 2007
Reference: IOE01/16446/15
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Peter L. Herring. Source Historic England Archive
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