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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: 1221845



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ware

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 14-Mar-1974

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 412284

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TL3514SE BLUECOAT YARD 829-1/9/44 (West side) 14/03/74 The Old Stables


Upper hall, now house, reputedly used as stables and hayloft for Ware Manor, and subsequently converted to a chapel, post 1685. Late C15, with right hand bay C16, a structure shared with No.1 Bluecoat Yard (qv). Restored 1977. Timber-framed, plastered, pebbledashed and colourwashed, old tiled roof above smooth plastered coved eaves cornice, with one gabled tiled casement dormer. 2 bay upper hall house, originally jettied over ground floor, with external entry and stair on right, now enclosed within C16 structure. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attics. First floor has C20 glazing over 4-light mullioned windows with pointed arched heads, at left, and one flush casement window with glazing bars at right. Ground floor has projecting C18 lean-to at left with 2 casement windows, and main facade has late C20 front door with weatherboard head, between 2 flush casement windows with glazing bars. INTERIOR has remains of bressumer to jetty with mortices for studs and mullioned windows, moved forward in C17 underbuilding to form a vertical front. First floor has Tudor-arched door head leading to 2 bay hall, with unmoulded crown post roof, exposed in attic above. Right hand bay beyond hall appears to be C16 and runs into No.1. HISTORICAL NOTE: the original use of the building is unclear, and its reported use as stables and hayloft dates from the decline of Ware Manor during the C17. The Bluecoat Yard buildings were acquired by Christ's Hospital in 1685, and remained in use by the Bluecoat School until 1761. The old stables was shown on a survey of Bluecoat Yard dated 1685. Following the move of the school, the building was used for a variety of purposes, reverting to stables in mid C19. It was converted to residential use in 1977. (Ware Tithe Map: 1845-; Ware 25" to 1 Mile - OS Map: 1851-; The Victoria History of the County of Hertford: London: 1912-: 381; Christ's Hospital Archives Map: 1685-; Christ's Hospital Archives, Building Accounts: 1680-1697; East Herts Archaeological Society Transactions 1932-33: Lee WH: The Old Blue-coat School Ware: Hertford: 1934-: 333-7; Rowe V Dr: The Bluecoat Children in Ware 1564-1761: Ware Society: 1983-; Bluecoat Yard Residents Association: More about Place House and Bluecoat Yard: Ware: 1988-).

Listing NGR: TL3590414333

Selected Sources

Books and journals
More about Place House and Bluecoat Yard, (1988)
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 381
Lee, W H, The Old Bluecoat School Ware, (1934), 333-7
'Transactions of the East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society' in Transactions of the East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society, (1932)
'Transactions of the East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society' in Transactions of the East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society, (1933)
'Ware Society Newsletter' in Ware Society Newsletter, (1983)

National Grid Reference: TL 35904 14333


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