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34a, Northill Road

A Grade II Listed Building in Cople, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1214 / 52°7'17"N

Longitude: -0.3883 / 0°23'17"W

OS Eastings: 510442

OS Northings: 248235

OS Grid: TL104482

Mapcode National: GBR H3L.YFZ

Mapcode Global: VHFQ9.7Y23

Entry Name: 34a, Northill Road

Listing Date: 17 May 1984

Last Amended: 10 December 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321603

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36674

Location: Cople, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Cople

Built-Up Area: Cople

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Cople

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


17-MAY-84 Formerly known as Cople Cottage

No. 34a Northill Road, formerly known as Cople Cottage, is a house of the C17 with C19 and C20 alterations and additions.

The original structure is timber framed, with colour washed rough cast exterior and old clay tile roof.

The earliest building has a rectangular plan.

Of one storey and attics, the adjoining incorporated outhouse to the east has been raised to the same height and converted for domestic dwelling in C19. The south elevation has 3 gabled dormers, the north elevation has 2 hipped dormers. All the windows are casements with leaded lights, most are C20. The gabled roof has a central red brick ridge stack, with an additional stack at the junction with the eastern extension and red brick integral stack to the east gable end.

The C20 one storey and attics range to the north, known as 34b Northill Road, has no historic interest.

The interior of 34a Northill Road has exposed C17 wall framing including studwork, tie beams and wall plates. The three room plan-form has been altered but remains legible.

The interior of 34b Northill Road has no historic interest.

Number 34a Northill Road was originally the gardeners cottage to Cople House, demolished in the C20. The cottage is located at the north-east corner of the former kitchen garden, the enclosing walls of which are extant. Built in the C17, the cottage was extended in the C19 to incorporate an outbuilding, adding a storey to it. Further substantial extensions to the west and north (the latter forming no 34b) were constructed in the C20. Number 34a has been extended more recently by the addition of a porch and conservatory to the south.

At the time of listing in 1984, a large mid-C20 extension to the north was an integrated unit with the historic building, interconnecting at ground and first floor. In c2005, the extension became a separate dwelling known as 34b Northill Road. The two structures no longer interconnect internally, although they are still physically attached.

No. 34a Northill Road, formerly known as Cople Cottage, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons.

* It retains a significant proportion of its C17 fabric.

* It has good quality timber-framing, reflecting the vernacular building tradition.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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