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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: 1290740



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Little Hadham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 19-Oct-1951

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 394651

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2/6 Lower Farmhouse



House, C16 or earlier, altered in C17 and W wing added c1665, extended to S in early C19. T-shaped, facing W. 2 storeys and cellar, timberframed and plastered. Steep old red tile roofs. C17 red brick 2 storeys W wing with '1665' painted on tablet in W gable. Wider timber framed and plastered early C19 S wing with cellar, hipped roof, external S chimney, and linking 2 storeys corridor on W. Main range has a 3 room plan with a narrow unheated room at N end, and a large central chimney with 4 flues serving the middle and south rooms on both floors. The staircase on the E side of the chimney has a trap and ladder access to former attics over. A parallel stair descends to the cellar but this may be a later alteration. Soot-blackened rafter couples remain in the roof around the chimney and close studding with tension braces is exposed on the E side, 1st floor, showing a late medieval origin. C17 butt purlin with expanded ends to chamfered collars in former attic. Inserted central chimney with 4 octagonal shafts serves 3-centred arched fireplaces on 1st floor (with chamfered plastered openings). Stopped and chamfered axial and cross beams support inserted floor. Elaborate brick W wing has moulded band at floor level and across gable, projecting chimney on S side with twin octagonal shafts and spurred caps. W gable has blocked square attic window with label. Surviving 3- light ovolo-moulded oak window on N side 1st floor. 3-light casements elsewhere. Upper room has moulded brick fireplace with depressed 3-centre arch under square label. Central recess over. Plaster ornament central on ceiling with roses and hearts, palmette border and crowns. Ground floor room has ovolo-moulded axial beam and each half of plaster ceiling decorated with double-headed eagle with roses in corners. 2 panel early C18 door elaborated with early C19 mouldings on inner face. Moulded dado rail. Early C19 S wing plastered with sash window of 6/6 panes. Half-glazed door with 3-light sash window on right with 4/4:6/6:4/4 panes. External gable chimney on S, 4 panel moulded doors with brass case locks. Boarded parlour with moulded dado rail and marble fire surround. Narrow rear room with glazed door to garden. Similar layout on 1st floor. Part of group of historic buildings in Conservation Area (RCHM (1911) 146: VCH (1914) 51: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL4521320982

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1914), 51
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

National Grid Reference: TL4521320982


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