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Court House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Great Offley, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9299 / 51°55'47"N

Longitude: -0.3384 / 0°20'18"W

OS Eastings: 514344

OS Northings: 227014

OS Grid: TL143270

Mapcode National: GBR H5Z.Z4Y

Mapcode Global: VHGNR.2RYD

Plus Code: 9C3XWMH6+XJ

Entry Name: Court House

Listing Date: 9 June 1952

Last Amended: 24 October 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1347082

English Heritage Legacy ID: 163100

Location: Offley, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG5

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Offley

Built-Up Area: Great Offley

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Offley

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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TL 1427 (East side)
Great Offley

12/90 No. 33
9.6.52 (Court House (formerly listed
as Post Office)

House. Late C14 open hall house with contemporary 2-storeys jettied
crosswing on roadside to W, early C17 chimney and floor inserted in hall
and front wall below jetty rebuilt leaving shallow jetty. Restored and
rear crosswing added 1972-3. Timber frame roughcast, with upper floor of
wings dark weatherboarded. Steep old red tile roofs. A 2-bays medieval
hall with base-cruck central truss, spere-posts define cross-passage at
E end with service rooms presumably on site of modern rear crosswing.
Front range had central entrance on W with evidence for 2 rooms
separated by a passage in the middle. Rooms probably a parlour and a
shop. Chimney inserted in lower bay of hall backing onto cross-passage.
The W front has a roughcast ground floor and dark weatherboarded 1st
floor with a shallow jetty on 2 curved brackets. 2 windows to each floor
and central entrance. 2-lights flush casements and horizontally boarded
door. Gabled dormer to S roofslope of hall range. Interior has exposed
frame and roof with hall only half floored now. Collar purlin roofs
contemporary in both old parts with short square crown-posts with caps
and bases of 3 chamfered mouldings, 4-way bracing, smoke-blackening
(slighter in crosswing), and splayed and tabled undercut scarf joints
with central square peg in arcade plates and shared wallplate/tie-beam
at junction of ranges. Curved wind-braces from backs of heavy,
base-cruck truss with collar and arched braces supporting collar
carrying crown-post. Spere posts have pronounced jowls. Similar
collar-purlin roof to W cross-wing of 2-bays with taller posts with same
ornamental square part with cap and base moulded and heavy
square-section 4-way bracing. Added purlin and inclined queen-post in
each slope. Marks on heavy flat irregular cross-joists of floor for
jetty-beam further back within room. Mortices for brackets to front now
gone, and for a central passage giving onto a room on each side. Stair
in position of present winding stair in NE corner of wing. Chamfered
lintel to open fireplace in hall. A fine and complete C14 hall house.
(Pevsner (1977)265: RCHM Typescript).

Listing NGR: TL1434427014

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