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The Lordship

A Grade I Listed Building in Cottered, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9456 / 51°56'44"N

Longitude: -0.0824 / 0°4'56"W

OS Eastings: 531898

OS Northings: 229194

OS Grid: TL318291

Mapcode National: GBR K8S.XNJ

Mapcode Global: VHGNW.JC9B

Plus Code: 9C3XWWW9+62

Entry Name: The Lordship

Listing Date: 19 October 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1348017

English Heritage Legacy ID: 159869

Location: Cottered, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG9

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Cottered

Built-Up Area: Cottered

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Cottered with Broadfield

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Manor House. Early-mid C15 (probably for John Fray who held the
manor 1428-1461: VCH (1912) 229), altered in early C17 (possibly
by Edward Pulter between 1600 and 1608), chimney dated 1699,
later modernizations when used as a farmhouse. Timber frame on
low red brick sill, roughcast with steep old red tile roofs. W
gable of hall refaced in brick. An irregular 2 storeys, former
open hall and E crosswing house facing N with a 2-storeys C17
gabled porch inthe angle of the wings, tall 2-storeys Cl7 E
extension on axis of hall and lower, slightly later, 2-storeys
gabledNE wing projecting to front. Tall red brick C17 chimneys
on rear wall of hall and E side of original crosswing - the
latter with 2 tall diagonal shafts. Flush casement windows with
mullions and leaded glazing renewed. E wing and porch are
jettied to the front and the gables have dripboards across at
eaves level. Interior shows complete arrangement of an unusually
wide-span hall of 2-bays and cross-passage with spere truss,
crown-post roof, and triple doorways in screens passage, the
higher central doorway probably for a staircase to the great
chamber at the N of the crosswing and a lesser S chamber. A
hollow chamfered tie beam formerly supported a crown-post roof
over the wing. W bay of hall probably floored over first.
Crosswing remodelled c1600-08 with panelled parlour at front on
ground floor, new chimney serving both floors, and wall paintings
on the upper floor of elaborate classical scrollwork with
grotesque profile masks in black line and grey, white and
yellow. Triangular motifs decorate the close-spaced timbers
between the vertical panels. Further service rooms were built on
the E end. Hall finally floored over and large external S
chimney built in late C18. Other special features include
pilastered C17 fire surround with carved arcaded overmantle in
ground floor parlour of crosswing and fine octagonal crown posts
over hall large with moulded caps and bases, 4-way bracing and
embattled moulding to crown-post of open-truss. A fine mid C15
manor house with original structure and early C17 wallpaintings.
(RCHM (1911) 84: VCH (1912) 227-8: Pevsner (1977) 134: RCHM

Listing NGR: TL3189829194

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