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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: AMERSFORT, WITH FORECOURT WALLS, AND LINKED TERRACES AND LOGGIA ON SOUTH EAST

List entry Number: 1101220

Location

AMERSFORT, WITH FORECOURT WALLS, AND LINKED TERRACES AND LOGGIA ON SOUTH EAST, THE COMMON

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
HertfordshireDacorumDistrict AuthorityNettleden with Potten End

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1987

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 157972

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Details

TL 00 NW NETTLEDEN WITH THE COMMON POTTEN END (South side) Potten End

5/193 Amersfort, with forecourt - walls, and linked terraces and loggia on SE

GV II*

Large house. 1911 by Ernest Willmott for W.S. Cohen, garden said to be by Gertrude Jekyll. 'WSC' and '1911' alternate on rainwater heads. Narrow plum brick in English garden wall bond with red brick dressings, deep plastered eaves cove, and steep hipped red tile roofs. A symmetrical, 2-storeys and attics, Queen Anne Style house, facing NW with formal axial approach and gardens terraced down slope to SE. H-plan with 2-storeys central porch on NW and single-storey service wing at NE end. 9-windows wide entrance front has 4 hipped dormers, 2-light flush oak windows with small pane metal casements and flat tile arches to 1st floor, and deeper flush oak sash windows with 12/12 panes under similar flat arches to ground floor. Red brick plinth, floor band, rusticated quoins to wings and upper part of porch, and channelled rustication with moulded impost band to lower part of porch. Round arches, hollow moulded, rusticated entrance with double keystone to groin vaulted porch with 3 moulded steps to stone paved interior and moulded shouldered Bath stone surround with keystone to wide 2-panel raised and fielded oak door. Tall rectangular red brick internal chimneys with shallowy arched faces. Garden front raised on tall flint and brick terrace wall. 5 windows wide centre with 5 hipped dormers and projecting wings with 2-bays groin-vaulted loggia on ground floor of each. 2-light oak casements to 1st floor and tall flush box sash windows to ground floor with 12/16 panes and French doors to central opening. Rusticated quoins and arches to wings. SW end 4 windows wide with oak balcony to 1st floor backed by a shallow arched recess with stone female head as keystone and arched cove below over a coved semi-circular niche of fine gauged brickwork. Segmental headed sash windows to ground floor flank niche with rusticated round arched entrance to loggia on RH and similar rusticated recess on LH with circular window. Brick piers and oak pergola linked to W forecourt wall. Oak paling fence tops walls in N half of forecourt. Interior has main rooms facing SE entered from long stone-floored wide corridor with timbered ceiling along NW side. From this the oak closed-string staircase with turned balusters is reached through a Doric archway in Palladian motif at W end. Raised and fielded 2-panel doors to panelled Sitting Room with segmental pedimented cabinets flanking the fireplace, bolection moulded Dining Room with coved niches flanking C18 style fire surround, and groin-vaulted Library with Dutch tiled surround to fireplace and panelled pilasters to bookcases. White glazed walls, stone floor, and elegant wooden dresser to Kitchen facing NW at NE corner of house. Symmetrical terraces step down to SE of house with raised narrow terraces to NE and SW terminating in bowed SE projections with winding external stair at NE and enclosing an arched loggia at SE. (Ernest Willmott RIBA English House Design Batsford, London (1911), plates 8 and 9).

Listing NGR: TL0102908575

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Willmott, E, English House Design, (1911)

National Grid Reference: TL 01029 08575

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