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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: 1221873



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: 08-May-1950

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 412286

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TL3514SE CHURCH STREET 829-1/9/50 (North side) 08/05/50 No.9 The Manor House


House. C17, incorporating earlier fabric, altered C18 and C19. Timber-framed, stuccoed, old tiled roofs, with hip at junction with north wing. Central brick chimneystack with corbelled oversailing courses on ridge, and 2 large shafted brick chimneystacks on east face of north wing. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, with attics in north wing. 8 bay north wing at obtuse angle to street to short south-west range along street frontages, originally with lobby entry from gardens, replaced by C19 vestibule in re-entrant between wings. South elevation to street has first floor 1 mullion and transom 6 light casement with lattice leaded glazing, ground floor 4 paired cast-iron casement windows with glazing bars set in continuous run. Principal west elevation of north wing faces west into garden. First floor has 4 sash windows, with central bars dividing 2 large panes. Ground floor has 3 sash windows, with glazing bars, and at left 2 French casement windows, with glazing divided into four panes. Stucco architrave surrounds to windows, with keystones above those on ground floor. Projecting stucco cills carried on brackets. Wood profiled blind box covers to all sash windows. Central main entrance through mid C19 conservatory, incorporating glazed door with glazing bars forming 4 large panes, set in surround with Tuscan pilasters, plain frieze and moulded cornice. Hipped lead roof to central porch, glazed roof to conservatory wings. Single storey red brick extension with Welsh slate roof to left, behind screen wall to street (qv). INTERIOR: has mid C19 plasterwork, and fireplaces to principal ground floor rooms, left and right of central hall. Heavy binder exposed in centre of right hand ground floor room (Dining Room). Substantial posts and beams exposed elsewhere, but refinished in mid C19, removing traces of jowls and any mouldings. Hall has mid C19 open well stair with cut string and brackets, turned balusters and wreathed moulded hardwood handrail. Mid C19 service stair at junction of wings. Reset C17 panelling in staircase hall, and in first floor study in south-west wing, which also has reset mid C17 carved overmantel with tapered pilasters, Ionic capitals, fascia and scrollwork frieze. Twin recessed panels with egg and dart outer surrounds, and scrollwork inner surrounds to inner fielded panels. Roof of south-west wing has reset halved and pegged smoke-blackened rafters of C15 origin, with notches for missing collars, from a crown-post roof, others with collars in-situ, but no trace of a collar purlin. 2 rafters of finely moulded timber, without smoke-blackening. The south-west wing partly overlays the roof of the long north wing, which has halved and pegged rafters, clean without smoke-blackening. Largely concealed except near eaves due to C19 insertion of attics. Roof over the 2 north bays rebuilt mid C19 has trussed construction with 2 purlins. HISTORICAL NOTE: the site of the Manor House is associated with the alien Benedictine Priory of Ware, suppressed by Henry V in 1414, and ownership transferred to the Carthusian Priory at Sheen, and subsequently to Trinity College, Cambridge, as part of Henry VIII's endowment in 1546. Probably the Steward's house of the Rectory Manor. The Manor House, with its mid C19 landscaped forecourt, and gateway (qv) leading from Church Street forms a group with No.8 Church Street to the west (qv). (Heath C: The Book of Ware. A Portrait of the Town: Chesham: 1977-: 41-3, 45; Hunt EM: The History of Ware: Hertford: 1986-1946: 83; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N (rev. Cherry B): Hertfordshire: Harmondsworth: 1977-: 381; Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England): An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Hertfordshire: London: 1910-: 229; Smith JT: English Houses 1200-1800. The Hertfordshire Evidence: London: 1992-: 28; Smith JT: Hertfordshire Houses. Selective Inventory: London: 1993-: 198; Perman D: Ware UD. List of buildings of special arch or historic interest: 1993-: 15; Ware Tithe Map: 1845-; Ware 25" to 1 Mile. Surveyed by the Ordnance Survey Department: 1851-; Forrester H: Timber Framed Buildings in Hertford and Ware: Hitchin: 1964-: 30, 32-34).

Listing NGR: TL3571014485

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Forrester, H , Timber Framed Buildings in Hertford and Ware, (1964), 30
Forrester, H , Timber Framed Buildings in Hertford and Ware, (1964), 32-4
Heath, C, The Book of Ware A Portrait of the Town, (1977), 41-3
Heath, C, The Book of Ware A Portrait of the Town, (1977), 45
Hunt, E M, The History of Ware 1986-1946, (1986), 83
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977), 381
Smith, J T, English Houses 1200-1800 The Hertfordshire Evidence, (1992), 28
Smith, J T, Hertfordshire Houses Selective Inventory, (1993), 198
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

National Grid Reference: TL 35710 14485


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