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51, Marlowes

A Grade II Listed Building in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7549 / 51°45'17"N

Longitude: -0.4723 / 0°28'20"W

OS Eastings: 505546

OS Northings: 207345

OS Grid: TL055073

Mapcode National: GBR G6M.TPJ

Mapcode Global: VHFS5.R5P1

Entry Name: 51, Marlowes

Listing Date: 17 February 1977

Last Amended: 15 July 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1078078

English Heritage Legacy ID: 355614

Location: Dacorum, Hertfordshire, HP1

County: Hertfordshire

District: Dacorum

Town: Dacorum

Electoral Ward/Division: Hemel Hempstead Town

Built-Up Area: Hemel Hempstead

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Hemel Hempstead

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

894/1/21 MARLOWES
17-FEB-77 51

(Formerly listed as:
MARLOWES
45)

II
The building was formerly a house, now a shop dating from c1741, remodelled in the early C19 and with a C20 ground floor extension.

MATERIALS
The main materials are red brick exposed to the rear elevation with stucco to the principal elevation. The roof is covered with tiles.

PLAN
The building has a square plan with a pair of semi-circular bow windows to the principal elevation.

EXTERIOR
The building has three storeys and two full height bows and a hipped roof behind a low parapet. The building has 3:1:3 sash windows with glazing bars in the reveals. At first floor the bow windows have bracketed sills, surrounds, friezes and cornices. At ground floor there is a central doorway with an open pediment on Corinthian attached columns. There is a single storey C20 Neo-Georgian style projecting shop front to the right and two-storey wing to the left which is slightly recessed. Interior not inspected.

HISTORY
Hemel Hempstead lies approximately 30 miles north-west of London, and while a settlement has existed there since C8, what is today known as old Hemel Hempstead has since been subsumed by the New Town's redevelopment programme of the early post-war years. The town was granted a charter by Henry VIII in 1539, and by virtue of its strategic location on the shortest route between London and the Midlands, has played a significant role in terms of transport and communications. It is probably for this reason that Hemel Hempstead suffered such extensive bomb damage during World War II and had to be re-planned in the mid C20.

Sources:
Page, W, A History of the County of Hertfordshire, Vol 2, (1908)

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
No 51 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic: This building, dating from the mid C18, has a substantial proportion of its original historic fabric surviving.
* Architectural: The building, having been remodelled in the early C19, is an evolved structure, with features such as the twin bow windows, indicative of its different stages of development and representative of architecture that is at the forefront for the period, thus adding to its architectural distinctiveness and special interest.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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