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Cecil House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Hertford, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7963 / 51°47'46"N

Longitude: -0.0831 / 0°4'59"W

OS Eastings: 532287

OS Northings: 212588

OS Grid: TL322125

Mapcode National: GBR KBQ.9SY

Mapcode Global: VHGPN.H3XS

Plus Code: 9C3XQWW8+GQ

Entry Name: Cecil House

Listing Date: 10 February 1950

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1268744

English Heritage Legacy ID: 461501

ID on this website: 101268744

Location: Hertford, East Hertfordshire, SG14

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Hertford

Built-Up Area: Hertford

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Hertford St Andrew with St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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817-1/16/223 (North side)
10/02/50 No.52
Cecil House


House, now offices. Main house 1774-78 (built by William
Hanscomb under licence from the Gascoyne Cecil, Earl of
Salisbury's estates), with outshut with some reused C17
timber; surgery to mid 1960s, now offices. Dark red-brown
brick, Flemish bond, with orange-red dressings, sides and rear
stuccoed. Old tiled double 'M' roof behind front parapet, with
brick chimneys with projecting bands; old tile roof over rear
outshut. Double-depth plan, four main rooms with central
staircase-hall, with central service stair to right.
EXTERIOR: 5-bay front block of 3 storeys and basement. First
floor has 5 slightly recessed 12-pane sash windows, with
exposed boxes, under red rubbed flat arches, with red brick
jambs; second floor five 9-pane sashes; to ground-floor four
12-pane sashes, with segmental-arched openings to basement at
pavement level. Plat bands at first and second floors and
above second-floor windows. Central 'Strawberry Hill gothick'
doorcase and porch. Recessed 6 traceried panel door, upper 4
glazed, and traceried 4-light fanlight, recessed in matching
traceried panelled reveals, flanked by flat pilasters, from
which project tented open-gabled canopy roof. Eaves cornice,
traceried frieze at sides, and slender clustered columns with
amulet rings and projecting bases, with matching responds.
Shallow stone slab step to porch, and nosed stone step to
Rear elevation has irregular fenestration, with landing sash
windows dropped a half floor. 2-storey rear outshoot, first
floor (former hayloft until 1965) with C20 casement windows
and 1 flush-set sash at right; ground floor with two 16-pane
sashes, and central door.
INTERIOR: principal rooms remodelled late C19, and 6-panel
doors on ground floor have Art Nouveau brass fingerplates.
Hall has late C18 panelled dado. Former kitchen extends into
rear outshoot, and has brick-arched fireplace. Dogleg stair
with close string, Tuscan column newels, moulded handrail and
panelled dado. Service stair has country Chippendale
First-floor rooms retain C18 moulded wood cornices of double
cyma and frieze profile, front right-hand room has fire
surround with eared architrave. Large rear room extends into

outshoot, and has long chamfered beam with tongue (possibly
reused from earlier building on site), and C18 cornice,
panelling and dado and door with 'L' pattern hinges. Attics
have substantial cupboards.
Roof has riven rafters, but thin ridge board, side purlins and
collars above attic ceilings. Cellar access below back stair
and main stair, brick walls and floor, battened doors, 3 main
compartments, vaulted wine cellar and coal cellar.
This was a substantial town house, notable for its fashionable
porch and doorcase. Its name indicates its Salisbury family
(Hertfordshire Countryside: Forrester H: Hertford homes in
Georgian days: Letchworth: 1946-1961: 150-152; The Buildings
of England: Pevsner N: Hertfordshire: Harmondsworth: 1977-:
192; Smith JT: Hertfordshire Houses: Selective Inventory:
London: 1993-: 88).

Listing NGR: TL3228712587

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