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Statutory Address:

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

North Hertfordshire (District Authority)
St. Paul's Walden
National Grid Reference:
TL 18543 21078


TL 1821 ST PAUL'S WALDEN HIGH STREET (South side) Whitwell

12/152 No. 49a (The Briars)


House. C15 NW wing, late C16 hall range and SW wing, C17 internal chimney, renovated in C19. Timber frame exposed, low stucco sill, plastered brick infill, painted brick ground floor and infill to 1st floor on front. Steep old red tile roofs. A 2-storeys T-plan house facing N onto street with projecting C15 storeyed gabled 2-bays crosswing on right with collar-purlin roof and original cusped oak bargeboards. Knee brace and jetty-post and beam-end on W flank show it was formerly jettied to street but adapted to straight projecting front by inserting of corner posts probably in alteration of late C16 when former hall replaced by a 2-storeys one-bay hall-range with tension bracing and closer-spaced thinner studs. At same time 2-storeys, 2-bays wing added extending crosswing to rear and providing cellar below new part. S front has 2 sash windows of 3/3 panes to 1st floor and 3-lights casement window to ground floor on LH. Casement windows and glazed entrance door in W side, with flat topped dormer to SW wing with external S gable chimney enclosed in single-storey painted-brick and tile N extension. Interior has exposed frame and floor structures with cross-beam in NW wing, blocked 2-light window to ground floor N, and large open fireplaces to massive stack at junction of hall range with NW crosswing. Salt cupboard with diamond pattern on oak door, and recess with shouldered head in back of W fireplace (to former parlour). Axial beam with bar-stops to chamfer in hall range. Quirked stop to axial beam in SW wing, which has also had its cut tie-beam strengthened by being jointed to oak doorposts linked by dovetailed cross member at head. Collar-purlin and long curved braces from both gables remain in NW crosswing but tie-beam and crown-post of central truss removed for headroom. Long curved braces in sides and wide panels in wall 3 to each beam. Unusually long face-halved bladed scarf joint in SW wing wallplate. Moulded plank doors with old iron fittings.

Listing NGR: TL1855221079


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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: 08 Aug 2001
Reference: IOE01/04973/18
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Ron Walker. Source Historic England Archive
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