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Lock Keepers Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7551 / 51°45'18"N

Longitude: -0.5448 / 0°32'41"W

OS Eastings: 500543

OS Northings: 207266

OS Grid: TL005072

Mapcode National: GBR G6J.T9V

Mapcode Global: VHFS4.H4VW

Plus Code: 9C3XQF44+23

Entry Name: Lock Keepers Cottage

Listing Date: 19 August 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393427

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506912

Location: Berkhamsted, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, HP4

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Berkhamsted

Built-Up Area: Berkhamsted

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Sunnyside St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


814/0/10037 BANK MILL LANE
19-AUG-09 102
Lock Keepers Cottage

Former canal lock keeper's cottage, now a private dwelling. Early C19 with C20 addition to the rear.

Painted brick and smooth render finished walls, under a plain tile, pitched roof.

Originally the building had a simple rectangular plan-form. It now has an L shaped plan due to the small C20 wing that has been added to the rear.

Two-storey building with entrance from raised level of lockside with rear entry at lower level, now through C20 single-storey extension. The canal elevation contains a range of 3 double-hung, horned sash windows with 3 over 3 pane frames, flanking a simple 4-panel door. The rear elevation has a bow-fronted 3 light casement window at ground floor with a half-glazed door, and a single 2-light casement at first floor, all of which are later additions. The gable ends are blind. The building has a central ridge-stack and an external eaves-stack to the rear between the junction with the 1960's extension. The rear extension is constructed of unpainted orange brick under a plain tile, pitched roof, and has modern, side-hung casement windows and a modern door. There is a single-storey detached lean-to outbuilding set against the canal retaining wall, which is separated from the cottage by a flight of steps that lead up to the canal towpath and front of the cottage.

Not inspected, but current survey drawings and photographs indicate that the interior plan comprises 3 interlinked rooms at upper level, with the central stack separating the two principal rooms to the west end of the cottage, this element of separation being repeated in the two lower ground rooms. The cottage retains its original staircase which is intact and features a full height newel post and solid balustrading. Original panel and planked doors also remain in the interior. The C20 extension contains a kitchen and bathroom of no historic interest.

The Grand Union Canal, formerly the Grand Junction Canal, which connects the Midlands with London was begun in 1792 and completed in 1805, suggesting an early C19 date for the cottage. The waterway followed the course of the river Bulbourne through Berkhamsted, and its wharf at Castle Street was known as the Port of Berkhamstead, such was its importance to the town's trade and economy. The canal remained commercially operational until the 1960s.

The associated lock remains in situ beside the cottage as part of its historic context, providing a visual reference point for the building's function. Despite having undergone reconstruction work in the C19, it remains operational today.

The lock keepers cottage at 102 Bank Mill Lane, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons.
* The building has a distinctive architectural split level form and is associated with clearly identified canal structures.

* The building is part of a nationally significant canal development which linked London and Birmingham by 1805 and which remained commercially operational until the 1960's.

* The building has undergone little external or internal alteration and retains its functional and locational significance, in relation to the management of the local waterways.

* The setting of the building alongside the lock complex remains unchanged, such that the functional relationship between the two structures remains clearly legible.


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

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