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Bunyan's Mead

A Grade II* Listed Building in Elstow, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1161 / 52°6'58"N

Longitude: -0.4681 / 0°28'5"W

OS Eastings: 504986

OS Northings: 247531

OS Grid: TL049475

Mapcode National: GBR G2C.8GV

Mapcode Global: VHFQF.T2WL

Plus Code: 9C4X4G8J+FP

Entry Name: Bunyan's Mead

Listing Date: 13 July 1964

Last Amended: 17 May 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1136945

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36709

ID on this website: 101136945

Location: South End, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Elstow

Built-Up Area: Bedford

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Elstow

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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(East Side)

8/72 Nos. 1 to 11 (consec.)
Bunyan's Mead (formerly
listed as nos
175, 176, 177, 179, 180
and 181, 182 and 183)

Row of houses. C15 or earlier, with C16, C17, C18 and C19 additions and
alterations. Renovated 1976-77. Timber framed with colourwashed plaster
infill and some colourwashed plaster render. Clay tile roofs. Comprises long
2-storeyed row bordering road, with slight variations in roofline and some
frontages breaking forward slightly. 5 2-storeyed wings project from rear.
Between nos. 3 and 8 is coach entrance with room above, set higher than first
floor level, with half-hipped roof and tile cladding to lower half of gable.
Between nos. 10 and 111 is narrow covered way. The whole row is jettied at
first floor level, some parts with brackets. Fairly close studding to most
parts, and ogee bracing to no. 2 and room above coach entrance. Most windows
and doors are C20 replacements with glazing bars. Only window above coach
entrance retains leaded lights. Variety of red brick ridge and gable end
stacks. To rear, no. 4 has some fairly light square-panel framing to E
elevation, and some very close studding to N gable. This N gable also has
jettied first floor with moulded bressumer. Interior: Nos. 4, 5 and 6 retain
a variety of decorative details, much restored. To ground floor, residents
sitting room, originally an open hall, retains some early C17 wall painting,
mostly covered by mid C17 panelling, and has staircase restored to original
position on evidence of newels and balusters painted on walls. Coat of arms
above fireplace, of William Parker Lord parley, and his wife Elizabeth,
possibly imported from elsewhere. Adjoining room has imported C17 coat of
arms, probably of continental origin. Warden's first floor flat has crude mid
C17 plasterwork cornice and mid-late C16 fireplace which reuses masonry,
including window tracery, from Elstow Abbey. Other first floor flat has
fireplace reusing masonry in similar fashion.

Listing NGR: TL0498647531

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