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The Elms Health Centre

A Grade II Listed Building in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8128 / 51°48'46"N

Longitude: 0.148 / 0°8'52"E

OS Eastings: 548166

OS Northings: 214871

OS Grid: TL481148

Mapcode National: GBR LD5.875

Mapcode Global: VHHM1.JP2M

Entry Name: The Elms Health Centre

Listing Date: 6 June 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1101686

English Heritage Legacy ID: 160737

Location: Sawbridgeworth, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, CM21

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Sawbridgeworth

Built-Up Area: Sawbridgeworth

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Sawbridgeworth

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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TL 4816 1487

BELL STREET (south side)
No 4 (The Elms health centre)


Early C18. Large L-shaped house of two storeys, cellars and attics, timber-framed and plastered. High brick wall extending to east. C19, two storey weatherboarded and slate roofed extensions to rear. Old red tile roofs, hipped and with bellcast to eaves. Red brick chimneys rising through ridge.

North front has two hipped dormers, wood modillioned eaves cornice, panelled pargetting and symmetrical four window front A-B-B-A with a central pargetting motif of a circle within a quatrefoil over the door. The inner first floor windows have flush box sashes with architraves and 6/6 panes of crown glass in thick glazing bars ovolo moulded internally. Outer windows on first floor have wider flush box sashes with 8/8 panes, possibly later in date. Same pattern of windows on ground floor but sashes renewed. Wood doorcase up steps. Fluted Ionic pilasters rise from moulded bases and support a full entablature with swelled frieze and triangular pediment. Sun firemark no. 169528 in tympanum.

East front to garden has modillioned cornice, flush box sashes 8/8 with architraves at first floor flanking central triple window 4/4:8/8:4/4. French doors central to ground floor flanked by 8/12 sashes.

Wide entrance hall flanked by two rooms. First floor right hand room has simple dentilled cornice and shouldered wooden fire surround with scrolls supporting entablature as shelf. Original stair with heavy balusters leading to attics which have chamfered plank doors with old iron hinges.

Attached single storey slate roofed outbuildings extend to south and support small C18 wrought iron garden gate with horizontal panel of scrollwork.

The name dates only from 1888 and the house was bought by the local authority in 1964 (EHDC Deeds). The north front is illustrated by Nathaniel Lloyd as an example of pargetting in his A History of the English House (1931) p279.

Listing NGR: TL4816614871

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