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Lower Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bury Green, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8685 / 51°52'6"N

Longitude: 0.1077 / 0°6'27"E

OS Eastings: 545213

OS Northings: 220982

OS Grid: TL452209

Mapcode National: GBR LCB.XQ4

Mapcode Global: VHHLT.T9BF

Entry Name: Lower Farmhouse

Listing Date: 19 October 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1290740

English Heritage Legacy ID: 394651

Location: Little Hadham, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG11

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Little Hadham

Built-Up Area: Bury Green

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

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2/6 Lower Farmhouse



House, C16 or earlier, altered in C17 and W wing added c1665,
extended to S in early C19. T-shaped, facing W. 2 storeys and
cellar, timberframed and plastered. Steep old red tile roofs.
C17 red brick 2 storeys W wing with '1665' painted on tablet in W
gable. Wider timber framed and plastered early C19 S wing with
cellar, hipped roof, external S chimney, and linking 2 storeys
corridor on W. Main range has a 3 room plan with a narrow
unheated room at N end, and a large central chimney with 4 flues
serving the middle and south rooms on both floors. The staircase
on the E side of the chimney has a trap and ladder access to
former attics over. A parallel stair descends to the cellar but
this may be a later alteration. Soot-blackened rafter couples
remain in the roof around the chimney and close studding with
tension braces is exposed on the E side, 1st floor, showing a
late medieval origin. C17 butt purlin with expanded ends to
chamfered collars in former attic. Inserted central chimney with
4 octagonal shafts serves 3-centred arched fireplaces on 1st
floor (with chamfered plastered openings). Stopped and chamfered
axial and cross beams support inserted floor. Elaborate brick W
wing has moulded band at floor level and across gable, projecting
chimney on S side with twin octagonal shafts and spurred caps. W
gable has blocked square attic window with label. Surviving 3-
light ovolo-moulded oak window on N side 1st floor. 3-light
casements elsewhere. Upper room has moulded brick fireplace with
depressed 3-centre arch under square label. Central recess over.
Plaster ornament central on ceiling with roses and hearts,
palmette border and crowns. Ground floor room has ovolo-moulded
axial beam and each half of plaster ceiling decorated with
double-headed eagle with roses in corners. 2 panel early C18
door elaborated with early C19 mouldings on inner face. Moulded
dado rail. Early C19 S wing plastered with sash window of 6/6
panes. Half-glazed door with 3-light sash window on right with
4/4:6/6:4/4 panes. External gable chimney on S, 4 panel moulded
doors with brass case locks. Boarded parlour with moulded dado
rail and marble fire surround. Narrow rear room with glazed door
to garden. Similar layout on 1st floor. Part of group of
historic buildings in Conservation Area (RCHM (1911) 146: VCH
(1914) 51: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL4521320982

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