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Stables of Former Manor House

A Grade I Listed Building in Willington, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1364 / 52°8'11"N

Longitude: -0.3853 / 0°23'7"W

OS Eastings: 510605

OS Northings: 249908

OS Grid: TL106499

Mapcode National: GBR H3L.5C3

Mapcode Global: VHFQ9.8KML

Entry Name: Stables of Former Manor House

Listing Date: 13 July 1964

Last Amended: 17 May 1984

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1114191

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36753

Location: Willington, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Willington

Built-Up Area: Willington

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Willington

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


4/116 Stables of former Manor
House (formerly listed as
Willington Stables)

Stableblock, originally belonging to Manor house. Probably between 1535 and
1541. Built by Sir John Gostwick, at one time Master of the horse to Cardinal
Wolsey and later in service of Henry VIII as Treasurer and Receiver-General of
the First Fruits and Tenths at the Dissolution. Coursed limestone rubble with
ashlar dressings, possibly reused from Newnham Priory (dissolved 1535). Clay
tile roof. Rectangular 2-storeyed block, first floor probably being
accommodation for grooms. Crow-stepped gables with moulded copings and
gargoyles to kneelers. String course to all sides at first floor level, and
at eaves level to gable ends. 3-stage buttresses, diagonal to corners, 2 each
to front and rear. Front (W) elevation: ground floor has 2 4-light windows to
outer bays. Each has 4-centred arched lights and stone mullions under square
heads with moulded labels. First floor has similar 3-light window to R of
central bay. Broad central doorway with 4-centred head and moulded dripstone.
E elevation: 3-light window to first floor central bay, in similar style to
front elevation. Ground floor RH bay has blocked square headed 3-light window
with relieving arch above. To ground floor of LH bay is blocked square headed
doorway. To first floor of LH bay is chimney breast supported by 3 different
corbels. Gable ends: each has 3-light window, in similar style to others,
except that one (serving room with fireplace) has more complex mouldings to
mullions, heads and surround. Both have a relieving arch and eaves level
string course which returns around the base of the window. Interior: all
windows have internal wood lintels. Ground floor retains post holes in floor
and E wall, originally supporting stalls and troughs. First floor has 5-bay
queen strut roof, with open arch-braced collar truss to centre of each bay.
Divided into 2 rooms, 3 bays to N, 2 bays to S, by timber framed wall with
brick infill and plastered surface. This wall is recessed to W half, the
recessed area being ceiled over. The attic level of the first, third and
fourth main trusses (from N) are also infilled. S room has fireplace to E
wall, with depressed 4-centred arch, and back wall in herringbone brick with
some C20 repairing. "John Bunyan 1650" incised into chimney piece is probably
not genuine. building refloored C20, and stairs inserted to replace ladder.
(Willington Dovecote and Stable, Tudor Farm Buildings, National Trust leaflet,
with text by J Godber.)

Listing NGR: TL1060549908

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