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Paris House

A Grade II Listed Building in Potsgrove, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9717 / 51°58'18"N

Longitude: -0.5957 / 0°35'44"W

OS Eastings: 496560

OS Northings: 231288

OS Grid: SP965312

Mapcode National: GBR F2M.67G

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.MPDW

Plus Code: 9C3XXCC3+MP

Entry Name: Paris House

Listing Date: 16 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146324

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38177

Location: Woburn Abbey, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Potsgrove

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Battlesden with Pottesgrove

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Paris House


Estate house, now used as restaurant. Plaque to front elevation: "This house
was built at London by William Cubitt and Company for the Universal Exhibition
holden at Paris in the Year of Grace MDCCCLXXVIII". Architect Gilbert R
Redgrave (information Bedford Estates). Bought and transferred to Woburn by
Hastings 9th Duke of Bedford. Ornate mock timber framing with colourwashed
plaster infill, very much in style of C16 - C17 decorative timber framing in
Lancashire and Cheshire. Clay tile roof. T-plan, 2 storeys. NW elevation:
symmetrical, with 2-storeyed gabled projecting bays flanking a broader 2-
storeyed porch bay, also gabled. Mullion and transom windows throughout, with
variety of ornamental geometric leading. Outer bays are of 5 lights to front
and single-light to sides. Central gable has 6-light window recessed under
ponharcade, and 4-light window to first floor. Front door to LH under porch
arcade has moulded geometrical panels. Porch arcade is of 2 bays, with plain
piers supporting elliptical arches. Spandrels contains carved decoration,
including Prince of Wales feathers (Prince of Wales opened the exhibition).
Whole building is covered by variety of timber frame panels, as well as panels
of carving, blind arcading, ornamental pilaster and engaged colonnettes.
Pierced decorative bargeboards. Rear elevation: central projecting gable.
This has central oriel window to first floor, with attic corbelled out to same
line above it. Gable is flanked by 2 red brick chimney stacks, projecting
slightly and with linked moulded shafts. C20 addition to LH.

Listing NGR: SP9656031288

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