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Howells Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Weston, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9366 / 51°56'11"N

Longitude: -0.1417 / 0°8'30"W

OS Eastings: 527846

OS Northings: 228088

OS Grid: TL278280

Mapcode National: GBR J7L.F0W

Mapcode Global: VHGNV.HLF7

Plus Code: 9C3XWVP5+J8

Entry Name: Howells Farmhouse

Listing Date: 28 May 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1102490

English Heritage Legacy ID: 162734

Location: Weston, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG4

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Weston

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Weston

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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TL 22 NE
5/122 Howells Farmhouse

Manor house, a farmhouse from late C17 to 1970s, now a private house.
Late medieval front range was a W crosswing to a former open hall
extending to E, probably demolished in late C17 when SW parlour wing was
added, E range extended a little to S to same line as new parlour, and
short dairy wing added at NW. This wing extended for (?) brewhouse in
early C18 when staircase built between the 2 rear wings, and interior
adapted to plan of a new-built house of the period. Kitchen built at N
end of E range C18 or C19. House carefully restored c.1970, W wing
c.1975. Timber frame, roughcast and lined as ashlar with steep old red
tile roofs. A large 2-storeys house set W side of large former farmyard
facing E, with lean-to kitchen at N end. E front has symmetrical
arrangement of 3 1st floor windows and central entrance. 3-lights flush
casement windows (4-lights to left of door) and gabled Victorian timber
porch to half-glazed door. Stucco keystones over ground floor windows.
Tile creasing above brick casing to ground floor under roughcast finial.
Large C16 rearwall chimney to S part of front range originally with one
octagonal shaft and patterns in glazed brick, but adapted to 3 diagonal
square shafts in late C17 when SW parlour wing added and 1st floor
fireplace. C18 internal N gable chimney. 3 flush box sash windows to 1st
floor on S with 3/6 panes. Canted bay window to S end of front range.
Interior has exposed timbers, evidence for jetty to old front range
which was a 3-bays crosswing with crown-post roof, square crown-post
with heavy square-section braces to collar purlin and originally
down-braces to tie-beams. Shaped end of wallplate to support former
bargeboard, and originally without a fireplace or partitions. No obvious
break in floor joists for staircase so probably an external stair.
Depressed C17 4-centred arched head to chamber fireplace over parlour.
Name from John de Hauile flour. c.1294. By 1580 owned by Kympton family.
(VCH (1912)175: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL2784628088

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