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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
Entry Name: Paris House
Listing Date: 16 March 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1146324
English Heritage Legacy ID: 38177
Location: Potsgrove, 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
SP 93 SE
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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