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Latitude: 52.0378 / 52°2'16"N
Longitude: -0.3355 / 0°20'7"W
OS Eastings: 514269
OS Northings: 239019
OS Grid: TL142390
Mapcode National: GBR H4V.602
Mapcode Global: VHGNC.41HN
Entry Name: St Francis's Home
Listing Date: 6 August 1979
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1158042
English Heritage Legacy ID: 37664
Location: Shefford, Central Bedfordshire, SG17
County: Central Bedfordshire
Civil Parish: Shefford
Built-Up Area: Shefford
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Shefford
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TL 1439 SHEFFORD HIGH STREET
8/110 (south side)
6.8.79 St Francis's Home
Former orphanage and seminary attached to the Roman Catholic Church of St
Francis of Assisi. Established by the Rev. Canon Collis in 1869, the
buildings were designed by S J Nicholl, and probably paid for by Mrs Lyne-
Stephens of Lynsford Hall, Thetford, Norfolk. They bear the dates 1879 and
1884. Red brick. Clay tile roofs with decorative ridge cresting. 2 storeyed
range to E, 3 storeyed block to W adjoining church. E block: balanced
asymmetry of design. Gabled outer bays. LH one has ground floor sash
surmounted by canted oriel, above which the gable is jettied. RH one has
Tudor arched carriageway surmounted by 2 first floor single-light casements
which flank a small niche (possibly intended for statue of St Francis) with
letters S F below. To central bay are 3 unevenly spaced gablets. LH one is
above canted oriel and Tudor arched carriageway. 2 RH ones are above 2 storey
canted bays. Outer gables have heavy ogee-shaped bargeboards, and mock timber
framing with rose decoration. W block: 2 bays, with 2 storey canted bay
windows. 2nd floor is hung with fishscale tiles, and has 2 tall French
windows opening onto balcony with plain wood balustrade. The gable apices are
jettied out to line with balcony, and have mock timber framing and simply
moulded bargeboards. Windows in both parts have glazing bars, and are mostly
sashes. (Kelly(s Directory of Beds, Hunts and Northants, 1885, p.107).
Listing NGR: TL1426939019
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