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Ashmeads

A Grade II* Listed Building in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8752 / 51°52'30"N

Longitude: 0.0839 / 0°5'2"E

OS Eastings: 543552

OS Northings: 221678

OS Grid: TL435216

Mapcode National: GBR LC9.J14

Mapcode Global: VHHLT.D4Q9

Entry Name: Ashmeads

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1210460

English Heritage Legacy ID: 395072

Location: Little Hadham, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG11

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Little Hadham

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Little Hadham

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

TL 4321 LITTLE HADHAM THE FORD
(west side )
Hadham Ford

9/6 Ashmeads

22.2.67

GV II*

House. C16, hall range rebuilt in mid C17, extensions to N in
1960s and NW in 1971. Large, 2 storeys, timberframed and
plastered, facing E. Steep old red tile roof, hipped to N.
Higher 2 storeys and attic cross wing at S with gablet at rear
but gabled to road with exposed timberframing above Ground floor,
where it was formerly jettied. Renewed panelled fan pargetting
elsewhere. Very large old red brick chimney with crowstep
decoration against S wall of cross wing. Central chimney in hall
range. Parts N of central chimney are modern. Old part of house
has a short hall with a chamber over served by the large central
chimney, all reconstructed in mid C17, and a fine C16 2 bay cross
wing with elaborate decoration, projecting on E. There was a
stair in its SW corner and the upper floor was divided by a
central cross partition. The close-timbered front has an
original square oriel window (mullions renewed in C19) with
hollow-and-roll moulded base to plastered cove, and a C19
bargeboard pierced with a running scroll. Small, 3-light diamond
mullioned window on S return. 4-light similar window with
sliding shutter-bearers surviving top and bottom, in front gable
lighting attic. W room of cross wing on 1st floor has head
mortices for a 3-light similar window with shutter groove, under
W tie beam, but this has been replaced c.1600 by a 4-light
mullioned and transomed oriel window with ovolo moulded members
and sunk-panelled corner posts. The E oriel has a shutter groove
but no head mortices showing that it is original. C19 4-light
mullioned and transomed ovolo moulded window on rear wall, Ground
floor, of cross wing, and similar C19 3-light oriel to chamber
over hall. Modern diamond leaded casements elsewhere. Entrance
is into the hall which has exposed the axial beam and joists of
the floor structure over, and a wide fireplace with heavy late
C16 moulded lintel. The chamber over the hall has a segmental
arched chamfered brick fireplace with rounded back corners, and a
straight tension brace in the rear wall. The range has a clasped
purlin roof and was probably reconstructed in the C17. A fine
doorway in the SW corner of the hall leads into the cross wing.
The door has a 4-centred, hollow chamfered, arched head with sunk
spandrels each decorated with a ball. The exposed chamfered and
stopped joists and beams in the cross wing show the position of
the former E jetty. Facing board to fireplace lintel c.1600
carved with guilloche and chip-carved paterae over 2 rows of
billet moulding. Small-panelled oak wainscotting. 2 bay clasped
purlin roof with curved wind braces. Closed truss in centre over
former 1st floor partition with door at S end. (RCHM Type-
script: VCH 91914) 50).


Listing NGR: TL4355221678

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