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Saunders Almshouses

A Grade II* Listed Building in Flamstead, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8197 / 51°49'11"N

Longitude: -0.4369 / 0°26'12"W

OS Eastings: 507833

OS Northings: 214611

OS Grid: TL078146

Mapcode National: GBR G5W.Y33

Mapcode Global: VHFRT.CJWB

Plus Code: 9C3XRH97+V6

Entry Name: Saunders Almshouses

Listing Date: 22 October 1952

Last Amended: 19 March 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1348459

English Heritage Legacy ID: 157796

Location: Flamstead, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, AL3

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Flamstead

Built-Up Area: Flamstead

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Flamstead

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Description

FLAMSTEAD HIGH STREET
TL 0714
(North side)
9/20 Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 7
(Saunders Almshouses) (Formerly listed
22.10.52
as Saunder's Almshouses)
II*
GV

Block of 4 almshouses. Stone plaque in middle of front engraved 'AnoDm/
1669". For Thomas Saunders of Beechwood. Reconditioned 1952, with
outshut set back at rear rebuilt. Narrow dark red brick in an unusually
early use of Flemish-bond. Steep old red tile roof. A long single-storey
block of 2 handed pairs of almshouses facing S. 2 large shared internal
chimneys symmetrically placed on ridge each with 2 conjoined lozenge
shaped diagonal shafts with corbelled caps. Moulded brick gable parapets
with square piers topped by ball finials at each apex and above each
corbelled brick kneeler. 4 windows S front with 2 pairs of round arched
chamfered brick doorways opposite the chimneys. Recessed square-headed
2-light windows with chamfered brick jambs and mullions (formerly
plastered to represent stone) and leaded glazing in metal frames
(renewed), oak plank doors. Excellent brickwork with bull-nose plinth
and brick eaves cornice with frieze. Moulded brick corbels to gable
kneelers, 2 large rectangles of stone over the western pair of doors may
have had armorial bearings. Stone set immediately under central
datestone may have inscription now illegible. Each single-cell house was
for a poor married couple. Entrance at jamb of fireplace. Beam runs from
front to back. Flat-roofed continuous rear outshut in red brick. (VCH
(1908)193: RCHM (1911)89: Kelly (1914)101: Pevsner (1977)143: RCHM
Typescript).


Listing NGR: TL0783314611

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