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Melchbourne House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Melchbourne and Yielden, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.2763 / 52°16'34"N

Longitude: -0.4915 / 0°29'29"W

OS Eastings: 503014

OS Northings: 265313

OS Grid: TL030653

Mapcode National: GBR G0D.8JT

Mapcode Global: VHFPN.F1HS

Plus Code: 9C4X7GG5+G9

Entry Name: Melchbourne House

Listing Date: 13 July 1964

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1114819

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36297

Location: Melchbourne and Yielden, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Melchbourne and Yielden

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Melchbourne

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

Tagged with: English country house

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13.7.64 II*

Country House. Early C18 (rainwater head show date of 1741) incorporating a
Jacobean house built for the St John family of Bletsoe. Red brick with stone
dressings. Slated roof. 1741 H-plan of 3-storeys, with attics in 2 small gables
to rear, possibly dating from C17. two-storey wing to NE end, one storey extensions
to rear. Symmetrical principal elevation to main block. Canted side bays, recessed
centre. 3:5:3 sash windows, those on ground floor without glazing bars. All have
moulded shouldered architraves, those on first floor with alternate segmental and
triangular pediments. Central front door with tetrastyle Roman Doric porch. First
floor level and first floor sill level bands, moulded cornice. Steep hipped roof
behind stone coped parapet. SW side elevation 4 windows deep. All sashes, those
to ground floor without glazing bars. All moulded shouldered architraves, those to
first floor with cornices. Interior extensively redecorated 1875, with painted
plasterwork ceiling to main staircase, pedimented doors and carved marble chimney
piece to drawing room, and coffered ceiling and panelling to library. Second floor
long gallery, probably originally Jacobean, has early C18 pine panelling with finely
carved doorways and chimney pieces, and coved ceiling. (C. Hussey, "Melchbourne,
Bedfordshire", Country Life, August 19th 1934, pp 168-172.)

Listing NGR: TL0301465313

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