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Latitude: 51.8464 / 51°50'46"N
Longitude: -0.6963 / 0°41'46"W
OS Eastings: 489901
OS Northings: 217221
OS Grid: SP899172
Mapcode National: GBR D2P.BR2
Mapcode Global: VHDV0.WV7G
Entry Name: Farmhouse Betlow Farm
Listing Date: 29 May 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1077975
English Heritage Legacy ID: 355775
Location: Tring Rural, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, HP23
Civil Parish: Tring Rural
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Tring
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TRING RURAL STATION ROAD
SP 81 NE
1/138 Farmhouse at
- Betlow Farm
Manor house, now a farmhouse. Mid C15 open hall house, central chimney
and floor over hall inserted in later C17, low link to E crosswing and
frame panels filled with red brick in C18, S front cased in brick in
early C19 and S extension built, E crosswing largely demolished and S
extension altered in later C20. Timber frame, on low brick sill
(renewed), with C18 red and blue brick infill panels exposed on N and E,
roughcast with 2 buttresses on W, red brick casing to S front and
similar red brick S extension. Steep old red tile roofs, hipped on low S
extension. A long 2 storeys and attic house facing S with single storey
axial E link to remaining W side of timber framed 2-bays crosswing, and
single-storey later S extension at E end of S front. 3 windows to each
floor and door in front of large internal chimney at centre of ridge.
Dentilled brick eaves course and stucco flat arches to ground floor. 3
2-light recessed Yorkshire sliding casements to 1st floor with small
panes. 2 2-light casement windows to ground floor and canted flat-topped
bay window to left of door with sash windows. Small square window over
door. 6-panel flush-beaded door with moulded flat hood on shaped
brackets. Broad boarded door in rear wall opposite front door, 4 flush
casement windows on 1st floor in N wall with a blocked window in the W
bay. 3 similar windows on ground floor and C18 3-light leaded casement
to E link. Similar to attic in E gable. Exposed framework on N wall of 5
bays, 3 of equal width at E, a rather shorter entrance and chimney bay,
a bay with a full-height post set about a metre from its W bay-post
possibly defining a structural cross-passage, and a wide W bay the
ground floor of which has a single large panel of C18 brickwork as if
the back of an internal rear-wall chimney now capped-off. Interior has
exposed framework of an open hall house with smoke blackened roof, and
storeyed bays at each end. Hall of 2 unequal bays (chimney now in E bay)
with elaborate open truss in which blocking pieces fill the spandrels of
the arched braces. Butt purlins with curved wind-braces, arched-braced
collar open truss. All members chamfered, and arched braces to
queen-struts above collar. Other trusses have queen struts, butt-purlins
with curved wind-braces, and arch braces to tie beam. Partition has
double-curved tension brace. Heavy jowled posts. Deeply chamfered axial
beam with scroll stops is carried on crown-post with cable-moulded band.
Central stack with 2 ground floor fireplaces inserted in hall in C17,
1st floor fireplace added c.1700. Late C16 or early C17 wall painting in
bedroom with framed texts and repeat trellis work pattern of geometrical
character of interlaced flowers below. Guilloche border to text panels.
Flowers in reds, pinks and greys (E Clive Rouse Records of
Buckinghamshire XV(1947)94). The old manor house of the Manor of Betlow,
annexed to the Manor of Tiscot c.1625. (RCHM Typescript: VCH(1908)288).
Listing NGR: SP8990117221
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