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Fordham Abbey

A Grade II Listed Building in Fordham, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3018 / 52°18'6"N

Longitude: 0.3895 / 0°23'22"E

OS Eastings: 563027

OS Northings: 269767

OS Grid: TL630697

Mapcode National: GBR N94.P97

Mapcode Global: VHJG9.PDSR

Plus Code: 9F42892Q+PR

Entry Name: Fordham Abbey

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 31 January 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1126354

English Heritage Legacy ID: 49041

Location: Fordham, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Fordham

Built-Up Area: Fordham

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Fordham St Peter and St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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(east side)
Fordham Abbey
(formerly listed as
1.12.51 Fordham Abbey and Stabling)

Small country house mid C18 rebuilt from an earlier mansion
c.1710 on the site of the Gilbertine priory. Materials from the
earlier building are believed to have been re-used, a painted
panel in the over mantel of the entrance hall chimney piece
depicts the eleven 'bay' facade of the original house. William
Cole records the house being built c.1760 for William Metcalf.
Red brick with possibly lead roofs concealed behind a parapet on
each facade. Three storeys with basement, square plan with
recessed side entrance wing to south. Parapet with stone
coping, two stacks with moulded cornice. Eaves cornice of
moulded brick with dentils and plinth. Seven 'bays' to west
facing facade. Seven, second floor twelve-paned hung sash
windows in cambered gauged red brick arches, six similar first
floor windows with central round headed arched window and six
ground floor windows. Central six panelled door and fanlight
with semi-circular planned Ionic portico with stone steps.
Interior details include mid C18 raised and fielded panelling to
all ground floor rooms with original doors and doorcases, window
cases with panelled shutters. Very fine open string staircase
of two flights with barley-sugar twisted balusters, three to
each step, and moulded handrail overriding very finely carved
fluted newel posts with Ionic capitals. c.1710 and possibly a
survival from the original house.

William Cole, MMS, C.R.O.
Pevsner. Buildings of England, p.386
Sale Catalogue of Fordham Abbey Estate, 1929

Listing NGR: TL6302769767

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