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Poor Law Institution (The Cedars)

A Grade II Listed Building in Ampthill, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.0261 / 52°1'34"N

Longitude: -0.4945 / 0°29'40"W

OS Eastings: 503392

OS Northings: 237482

OS Grid: TL033374

Mapcode National: GBR G39.V4S

Mapcode Global: VHFQT.CBYM

Entry Name: Poor Law Institution (The Cedars)

Listing Date: 17 July 1951

Last Amended: 17 March 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1114457

English Heritage Legacy ID: 37386

Location: Ampthill, Central Bedfordshire, MK45

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Ampthill

Built-Up Area: Ampthill

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Ampthill

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

(East Side)

Poor Law Institution
No 1 (The Cedars)

TL 0337 2/74 17.7.51.


Mid C19; circa 1835 building of monumental design (influence of current
fashion for Italian style). 2 and 3 storeys brown-red brick. Slate roof.
Cruciform plan, in which large square blocks of 3 storeys at the points
and at the intersection of the cross are linked by lower straight ranges
of 2 storeys. The main motif is of triple, arcaded windows set close together
at intervals throughout the whole building. The motif is used, centrally
at each of the 3 storeys, on each outer face of the square blocks, leaving
an impressive expanse of smooth uninterrupted brickwork, which is relieved
only by narrow strings binding the whole block at the level of the arcades'
spring. Each window has a great number of intersecting glazing bars.
Very deeply projecting hipped slate roofs rise piramid-wise over the main
blocks to terminate in single massive chimney stacks. The central block
has slightly canted corners, so that in its case the hipped roof rises
from an octagonal base and it terminates in a stack somewhat larger than
the others, itself also of octagonal shape. Architect: James Clephane,
who built Wrest Park House and Orangery.

Listing NGR: TL0339237482

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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