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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: 1102226



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Little Munden

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 04-Dec-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Jan-1984

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 161338

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Potters Green TL 32 SW LITTLE MUNDEN ROWNEY LANE (south side)

4/21 Rowney Priory and Rowney House (formerly listed as 4.12.51 Rowney Priory under Civil Parish of Great Munden)

- II

Country house, now 2 houses. Mid C19, said to incorporate fabric of a Benedictine nunnery founded in 1164 by Conan, Duke of Brittany and Earl of Richmond, reduced to a Chantry after 1457 and confiscated by the Crown 1548. Knapped flint with white brick quoins and dressings. Flint and stone arcaded screen and open porch at front. Steep old red tile roofs. 2 storeys and attics, H-shaped house facing E. Projecting gabled wings with oversailing boarded verges and recessed sash windows in moulded frames and chamfered square headed openings with moulded labels. Tall red brick central chimneys with diagonally set-square shafts. Centre screened by castellated 3-bay, 4-centred arched screen each side of square open porch with low pitched stone gable. A narrow and a wider gabled and corbelled dormer oriel flank the porch with a circular armorial window between. 4-light moulded mullioned and transomed leaded windows behind the screen flanking a half-glazed Gothick oak panelled door in a Tudor arched opening with deep reveals. Moulded cross-windows with leaded lights to left hand wing. 3 windows wide symmetrical garden front on E has 2-light cross window flanked by 3-light pilastered sash windows with round headed lights. Central French doors up 2 steps flanked by stone and flint embattled canted bays with moulded cross windows. Red tiled timber arcaded small cloister to right hand behind brick and flint screen wall to forecourt. Projecting 2-storeys range at rear with 10-light ovolo stone mullioned window over Tudor arched loggia and 6-light similar window. NW service wing projects to rear, of flint and brick with sash windows. N wing now named Rowney House. The house has a good contemporary interior with striking staircase in Jacobean style. Oak panelled room with chimney piece, Delft tiles, and small Ionic caryatids in Flemish style in Rowney House. (RCHM (1911) 104, 6: VCH (1912) 127-8: Pevsner (1977) 153).

Listing NGR: TL3473520245

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 127-8
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977), 153
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

National Grid Reference: TL 34735 20245


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