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East Hertfordshire (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TL 31898 29194


TL 3129 COTTERED THE GREEN (south side)

5/15 The Lordship



Manor House. Early-mid C15 (probably for John Fray who held the manor 1428-1461: VCH (1912) 229), altered in early C17 (possibly by Edward Pulter between 1600 and 1608), chimney dated 1699, later modernizations when used as a farmhouse. Timber frame on low red brick sill, roughcast with steep old red tile roofs. W gable of hall refaced in brick. An irregular 2 storeys, former open hall and E crosswing house facing N with a 2-storeys C17 gabled porch inthe angle of the wings, tall 2-storeys Cl7 E extension on axis of hall and lower, slightly later, 2-storeys gabledNE wing projecting to front. Tall red brick C17 chimneys on rear wall of hall and E side of original crosswing - the latter with 2 tall diagonal shafts. Flush casement windows with mullions and leaded glazing renewed. E wing and porch are jettied to the front and the gables have dripboards across at eaves level. Interior shows complete arrangement of an unusually wide-span hall of 2-bays and cross-passage with spere truss, crown-post roof, and triple doorways in screens passage, the higher central doorway probably for a staircase to the great chamber at the N of the crosswing and a lesser S chamber. A hollow chamfered tie beam formerly supported a crown-post roof over the wing. W bay of hall probably floored over first. Crosswing remodelled c1600-08 with panelled parlour at front on ground floor, new chimney serving both floors, and wall paintings on the upper floor of elaborate classical scrollwork with grotesque profile masks in black line and grey, white and yellow. Triangular motifs decorate the close-spaced timbers between the vertical panels. Further service rooms were built on the E end. Hall finally floored over and large external S chimney built in late C18. Other special features include pilastered C17 fire surround with carved arcaded overmantle in ground floor parlour of crosswing and fine octagonal crown posts over hall large with moulded caps and bases, 4-way bracing and embattled moulding to crown-post of open-truss. A fine mid C15 manor house with original structure and early C17 wallpaintings. (RCHM (1911) 84: VCH (1912) 227-8: Pevsner (1977) 134: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL3189829194


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Books and journals
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 229
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977), 134
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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