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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: 1307579



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wyddial

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: 160372

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TL 3731 WYDDIAL WYDDIAL (North side)

10/151 Wyddial Hall 19.10.51


Country house. Early C16 (probably 1516 for Humphrey Wellisbourne), remodelled after a fire and given present appearance 1733 for Francis Goulston. Altered c.1780 for John Thomas Ellis MP. NW service wing and main staircase 1836-65 for Charles Heaton-Ellis. Stuccoed brick with steep tiled roofs. A tall striking 2-storeys, cellar (and formerly attics) house facing E with central 2-storeys porch, canted 2-storeys bay window at each end of front, balustraded parapet over moulded entablature with triglyph frieze. 3 windows each side of porch. Recessed sash windows with 6/6 panes to lower floor and bays, tall casement windows to 1st floor with segmental heads. Entrance door has radial fanlight in semi circular head with resticated vermiculated surround. S garden front of 6 windows with similar sashes. Curved screenwall at N end. Drapentier engraving c.1700 shows C16 brick house of same bulk with central 2-storeys porch in same position and tall semi-circular bay window lighting hall extending to S of porch. 2 Doric columns now correspond to the hall screens. There was a lateral chimney and the service rooms to N of hall with surviving cellars below. The roof must have been rebuilt before 1700 incorporating attics and dormers. The plan resulting from rebuilding after the fire of 1733 was uncharacteristic of the time due to incorporation of much of the existing structure. The hall was floored over, the bay windows added, the porch refurbished, the main range made double-pile, the SW wing enlarged and the roof rebuilt incorporating older timbers. The present early Victorian stair replaced a C17 or C18 stair at the rear of the N part and the service rooms were moved to the W range. When the present toplit elegent stair was created the NW service wing was added behind it. The interior has a small panelled room on the 1st floor with scratch moulded small panels. The fine hall firesurround is said to come from Cokenach. (RCHM (1911) 245: VCH (1914) 114, 116: Pevsner (1977) 411-12; RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3740431850

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1914), 114,116
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977), 411-12
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

National Grid Reference: TL 37404 31850


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