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Statutory Address:

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St. Albans (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TL 15610 15582



3/461 Mackerye End



Large manor house. 1665 (date plaque on right gable). Red brick. Plain tile roof. Symmetrical front with projecting wings. Contemporary rear kitchen wing in timber frame with red brick infill. 2 storeys and attics. 1:5:1 windows. The wings have Holborn gables and large Tudor-style chimney stacks with square bases and 3 octagonal shafts, the centre ones patterned. Central porch has voussoired brick arch in square frame, Doric pilasters and segmental pediment. Continuous plinth, floorband and moulded brick cornice. The windows have raised brick surrounds and gauged flat lintels. They were lowered in the C18 and have C19 mullioned and transomed casements. 2 hipped dormers in centre. Contemporary wooden bell turret with arched openings and an ogee leaded canopy surmounted by a tall finial and weathervane. N elevation has a blocked doorway to the staircase hall. Simple brick pilasters and pediment. S elevation has gabled porch with simple arched opening; C18-19 stone sundial on wall near front gable. Kitchen wing on rear S side is 2 storeys and attics. Light box frame construction. Large red brick stack on E side has multiple square shafts in stepped formation. 2 hipped casement dormers. Gabled rear projections. Early C19 extension towards S. Main block has a late C19 rear corridor extension. Inside the house was modified in the mid C18, when the central and northern ground floor rooms received rococo plasterwork. Central corridor was probably inserted at this time. Outstanding feature is the 1665 open-well staircase on the N side with heavy oak turned balusters and Jacobean-style finials. Adjoining on either side of the front of the house are C17 red brick garden walls, between 2 and 3 metres high, with plinths and brick coping. Terminal C18 square piers. The house was described by Charles Lamb in the 'Essays of Elia'. (RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL1573815694


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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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