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Manor Cottage the Old Manor House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Aldbury, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8028 / 51°48'9"N

Longitude: -0.6023 / 0°36'8"W

OS Eastings: 496468

OS Northings: 212492

OS Grid: SP964124

Mapcode National: GBR F4J.Y9X

Mapcode Global: VHFRQ.HYYC

Entry Name: Manor Cottage the Old Manor House

Listing Date: 14 May 1952

Last Amended: 29 May 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1100624

English Heritage Legacy ID: 355653

Location: Aldbury, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, HP23

County: Hertfordshire

District: Dacorum

Civil Parish: Aldbury

Built-Up Area: Aldbury

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Tring

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

SP 9612
(West side)
12/17 No.9 (The Old Manor House)
14.5.52 and No.13 (Manor Cottage)
(formerly listed as No. 9
(Manor House))
House (never a manor house) now 2 houses. Circa 1500, open hall house of
unusual form, for either Henry Winch or for Russell family, '1516' in
spandrel of hall fireplace, 2 storeys N extension, several fireplaces,
and floors inserted in hall, and in kitchen in rear wing, in mid C17
(before 1663 when Bennet Winch paid tax for 5 hearths: his initials on
main stack). Large projecting S chimney early C18. By 1722 described as
a house and 2 cottages. Timber frame on red brick sill with red brick
infill, plastered in central bays on 1st floor front, and red brick
casing to ground floor and S wall of rear wing. Steep old red tile roofs.
An irregular 2-storeys L-shaped building facing E over the village pond.
Deep single hall bay has jettied parlour bay to N and C17 jettied
extension with lean-to and outshut to N of it. Higher gabled S crosswing
has wide entrance door into former crosspassage below jettied 1st floor
with entrance to hall beyond back of massive chimney stack serving the
hall. Lower 2-storeys rear wing has 2-bays kitchen, formerly open to
roof, and storeyed W end bay for cook above storage. 4 windows long E
front with flush cast-iron lattice casements to 1st floor, one to each
bay defined by the exposed timber framing. The face of the close-studded
jettied 1st floor of the parlour bay is in the same plane as the front
of the close-studded hall bay (lower part faced in brick) a most unusual
feature proved original by the framing of the members. The higher jetty
of the N extension has wide-spaced studs, as does the 1st floor of the S
crosswing although its gable triangle over has close-studding. The ground
floor is faced in brick with tall 2-light small-paned casement windows
one to each bay, but flanked by high 3-light ovolo moulded leaded windows
to the parlour, and with leaded glazing to the right of the plank door to
the N extension (No. 13). Fine hollow-chamfered 4-centred wide doorway in
S crosswing with sunk spandrels and old battened oak door with iron
hinges. The S side of this crosswing has exposed 1st floor framing with
wide-spaced studs and curved tension braces set low to allow small corner
windows. Large projecting C18 chimney. C17 header-bond brickwork to
ground floor to W of chimney but C18 brick with blue headers and
Flemish-bond to E of chimney. 2 storeys lower W range has red brick
chequered with blue headers, floor band, and segmental arches to 3
flush 2-light casement windows on each floor, leaded above but cast-iron
lattices below. Interior has narrowed rear door to crosspassage, no
structural division of S service bay, S stair in original position,
chamfered doorway to hall, axial chamfered and stopped beam to floor
inserted in hall, wide fireplace with depressed 4-centred stone arch
with date on E spandrel, irregular studding in N wall, C17 oak mitred
panelling to parlour with arcaded panels over fireplace, ovolo moulded
N fireplace in parlour (stack formerly projected outside), stair
originally on W wall replaced by stair turret in early C17. Chamber over
parlour formerly plastered under collars, and hall roof little smoke-
blackened. Fireplace to chamber over hall scratched with 'James Partridge
174?'. Rear wing has smoke-blackened clasped-purlin roof of 2 bays and a
third W bay with floor lower than the inserted floor over the kitchen.
This has a chamfered cross-beam and elaborate hollow double stop with
nick. Plain small square flue to kitchen fireplace probably a replacement
for one on N wall. 4-centred fireplace with sunk spandrels in chamber
over S crosswing with 3-light diamond mullioned S window. RCHM suggest it
is a highly unusual house which may represent an hitherto unrecognised
type. (RCHM(1911)31 no. 3: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: SP9645612490

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