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Aspley House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Aspley Guise, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.0153 / 52°0'54"N

Longitude: -0.6263 / 0°37'34"W

OS Eastings: 494368

OS Northings: 236094

OS Grid: SP943360

Mapcode National: GBR F1Z.QGG

Mapcode Global: VHFQR.3L7Y

Entry Name: Aspley House

Listing Date: 22 October 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113948

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38106

Location: Aspley Guise, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Aspley Guise

Built-Up Area: Woburn Sands

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Aspley Guise

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

5/3 Aspley House
Small country house. Circa 1690 for William Norcliffe, on site of earlier
structure, reworked before 1749 for alter Scott. 1902 additions by R
Blomfield replaced by smaller later C20 ones. Red brick, with chequered
patterning in flared headers. Hipped clay tile roof. Double-pile plan of 2
storeys and attics, with 2 storeys and attics coach house block adjoining to
S, set on lower level. Main block E elevation: 2:3:2 sash windows, flush to
wall, with heavy glazing bars and under guaged brick flat arches. Central bay
projects slightly and is pedimented, tympanum containing oculus with radiating
glazing bars. Central doorway, brought forward late C19 to form fron of brick
porch. Ornate consoles with carved heads support modillion cornice and open
pediment. Part-glazed double doors. Attic has 2 segmental-headed dormers
containing sashes. Brick band at first floor level. Deep modillion cornice to
eaves and pediment. Red brick chimney stacks to side ridges. Main block W
elevation refronted pre 1749. 3 bays, central one projecting-slightly.
Outer bays each have 3 flush sashes with glazing bars under gauged brick
heads. Central bay contains staircase. Segmental-arched doorway with stone
surround, partly set below ground level. Above this are 2 superimposed
Venetian windows with wood keyblocks. Upper window rises into broken pediment
at attic level. Pediment is open, with chimney stack rising through centre.
Attic has 2 segmental-headed dormers containing sashes with glazing bars.
Flanking central bay are 2 doorways with heavy Roman Doric pilastered
surrounds and part-glazed doors. Deep modillion cornice to eaves and
pediment. Coach house block E Elevation: probably mid to late C18. Vitrified
brick in header bond, dressings in red brick. Hipped clay tile roof.
Symmetrical facade. First floor has 5 sashes with glazing bars. Attic has 5
hipped dormers containing sashes. Ground floor has C20 central part-glazed
door in pilastered surround. This is flanked by C20 double-width carriage
arches, their pilastered surrounds similar to doorway. Roof has small
octagonal lantern to centre. House interior: dogleg staircase with paired
twisted balusters. Panelling to some ground floor rooms, mostly C18 but also
including reset Jacobean strapwork frieze to hall. C18 wood chimney piece.
The Woburn Sands and District Society: The Story of Aspley Guise, 1980,
pp.13-14; "Aspley House, Bedfordshire: A Lesser Country House of the XVIIIth
century", Country Life, March 29th 1913, pp 7-11; Beds Record Office: CRT 130
Aspley 3, "Aspley House at Aspley Guise", notes compiled by C.J. Pickford
(of Church Street, Aspley Guise, for garden wall and gateway belonging to
Aspley House).

Listing NGR: SP9436836094

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