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Tring Zoological Museum (British Museum Natural History)

A Grade II Listed Building in Tring, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7909 / 51°47'27"N

Longitude: -0.6613 / 0°39'40"W

OS Eastings: 492427

OS Northings: 211096

OS Grid: SP924110

Mapcode National: GBR F4N.MN8

Mapcode Global: VHFRW.H78Y

Plus Code: 9C3XQ8RQ+9F

Entry Name: Tring Zoological Museum (British Museum Natural History)

Listing Date: 2 May 1986

Last Amended: 29 May 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1078005

English Heritage Legacy ID: 355735

Location: Tring, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, HP23

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Tring

Built-Up Area: Tring

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Tring

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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SP 9211
(North side)
11/99 Tring Zoological Museum
- (British Museum: Natural
Museum. SW part 1889 by William Huckvale for 1st Baron Rothschild as
21st birthday present to Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937) later 2nd
Baron. Builder J.Honour and Sons. Museum block W wing part of same
scheme completed and opened to public 1892. Library addition on E side
of W wing 1908. L-shaped extension of N and E wings completed 1910.
Etymological gallery to NE 1912-13 demolished 1969 for new building 1972
which is not of special interest. Red brick with mullioned stone
windows, cusped red tilehanging, half timbering, and steep red tiled
roofs. Oldest part at SW in form of 2, 2-storeys houses facing S. Tall
L-shaped W house has a projecting front gabled wing with 2-storeys
rectangular bay window with gabled half timbered top. Half timbering to
upper part of gable but red tilehanging to E return. Pilastered glazed
wooden porch with door, in RH return with full entablature. Date stone
'1889' over transomed stone window to 1st floor. Projecting gable
chimneys. Lord Rothschild's study is preserved on the 1st floor. A lower
2-storeys caretaker's house adjoins set back on E. Front has 2
half-timbered gables over 2, 3-light flat oriel windows set in tilehung
jettied 1st floor. 2 3-light flush casement windows with segmental
arches to ground floor and gabled open timber porch between. E gable
half timbered with Rothschild plaque set in brickwork of ground floor.
Tall projecting E gable chimney. Much taller Dutch-gabled red brick
museum building to rear has blind arcading on W. A windowless 2-storeys
galleried hall with bow-string steel trusses, cantilevered stone gallery
and ornamental iron handrail. Some small cases are cantilevered from
handrail with wooden closing shutters. 3 and 5 half timbered gables on N
and E ranges round courtyard. High basement with small 2-light segmental
arched windows, tall stone transomed and mullioned stone windows to high
ground floor with broken pediments in N range to 2 windows flanking
semi-octagonal battlemented porch with 4 stone steps to 4-centred arched
stone doorway with label and panelled double doors. Similar porch into S
part of E range. 2-storeys stone framed rectangular gabled 2-storeys bay
window on S end of E range.

Listing NGR: SP9242711096

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