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St Francis's Home

A Grade II Listed Building in Shefford, Central Bedfordshire

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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

Grade: II

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

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Listing Text

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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