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Latitude: 51.7816 / 51°46'53"N
Longitude: 0.0483 / 0°2'53"E
OS Eastings: 541392
OS Northings: 211201
OS Grid: TL413112
Mapcode National: GBR LDF.71G
Mapcode Global: VHHM5.SHD2
Plus Code: 9F32Q2JX+J8
Entry Name: Briggens House Hotel and Attached Upper Terrace and Tank at West,along a Drive,300 Metres South of the Lodge
Listing Date: 24 January 1967
Last Amended: 19 September 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1307983
English Heritage Legacy ID: 159963
Location: Hunsdon, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG12
District: East Hertfordshire
Civil Parish: Hunsdon
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Hunsdon
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
HARLOW ROAD (A414) (South Side),
Briggens House Hotel (formerly listed as Briggens) and attached Upper Terrace and Tank at W, along a drive, 300 metres S. of the Lodge
Country House, now an hotel. Circa 1719 by the mason Christopher Cass (1678-1734) (Gunnis (1968) 88) for Robert Chester, a director of South Sea Company: 2-bay N and S blocks and 2nd floor added for Thomas Blackmore probably c1770 (name and date on stable bell): N end and W side extensions in 1899: alterations 1908 for H C Gibbs (RCHM Typescript). Former country house on hilltop site facing W in a landscaped park probably designed by Bridgeman. Grey brick with stone dressings, hipped slate roof, Portland stone upper terrace on S end overlooking a tank of York stone. 3 storeys above basement, 7 windows front. 3-window central portion breaks forward. Stone bands at each floor level and blocking course to stone cornice. 2-window, 2 storeys and mansard side wings rebuilt in C19, project and are linked by a single storey stone screen with 6 casement windows flanking door with open pediment. 3-window block on S end with upper terrace in Portland stone attached facing S. Balustrade of low square piers with stone rails between supported on stone balls. E front has large full height 3-window central bow and basement storey clad in stone. Recessed sash windows generally. A drawing exists for a chimneypiece for Briggens by James Thornhill dated 1720 but the interior is completely C19. A large C18 country house with later additions, in a prominent position on a hilltop. Part of an immediate group of outbuildings and part of a wider landscape composition.
(VCH (1912) 325-6: Gibbs (1915) 23-6: Pevsner (1977) 343: HLHS (1979) 38: RCHM Typescript).
Listing NGR: TL4139211201
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