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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: 1310881



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


District: Bedford

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Milton Ernest

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 14-Jun-1971

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 37018

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MILTON ERNEST BEDFORD ROAD TL 05NW 6/248 Milton Ernest Hall 14.6.71 GV I

William Butterfield's only complete country house, 1853-58, a confident Gothic Revival design. Coursed local limestone rubble with ashlar dressings, red brick relieving arches over windows, some chequer brick and stone work, clay tile roofs. The main block is L-plan with a steep high roof and tall rectangular multiple ridge stacks. North (entrance) facade has sequence of three gables descending from left to right, the left hand half-hipped; the projecting two storey entrance is on the right; to its left is the main staircase which has three large traceried windows under chequer brick and stone work. The south (garden) front has a gable on the left hand: on the ground floor there are two 2-light windows separated by a buttress, and two 2- light windows on the first floor. To the right is a three storey projection from a shallow hipped gable with tall narrow bay windows culminating in an elaborate timber gable. Four dormers in roof. Alternate stone and brick voussoirs to windows. The east elevation has a two storey bay on the left hand with a conical roof, two dormers and a conservatory, two ground floor buttresses and five first floor pairs of windows. The west (river) elevation has kitchen and sculleries recessed below terraces in front, with four gables and three decorated roof ridges behind. Part of garden area (now Garden Centre) defined by stone walls attached to house. Altered interior: wooden chimney pieces with simple Gothic detailing; Gothic tracery to staircase. Paul Thompson, William Butterfield, 1971; Mark Girouard, The Victorian Country House, 1979.

Listing NGR: TL0170455731

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Girouard, M, The Victorian Country House, (1971)
Thompson, P, William Butterfield Victorian Architect, (1971)

National Grid Reference: TL 01704 55731


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