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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.


List entry Number: 1174314



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

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Letchworth Garden City

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 27-May-1954

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 161875

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LETCHWORTH LANE 1. 5255 (south side) Letchworth Hall Hotel TL 23 SW 1/6 27.5.54 II* 2. Late medieval hall and kitchen range, probably of circa 1470-90 for Thomas Snagge, now represented by crown-post roof with 4-way struts in south range. In the early C17 the Lytton family rebuilt the hall and south range, and added a cross wing at the north end containing a 2 storey solar block (west end), staircase (centre) and a new kitchen range (east end). Major alterations in the late C19 (stylistically circa 1870's) for the Alington family involved the demolition of the north cross wing and its replacement by a range with a central tower. The north-east wing was rebuilt by Parker in 1935-6. The south-west wing was built circa 1911-2 by Murray Henell as a golf club. Modern tiled roofs; hall re-roofed with modern open timber trusses. Modern, clustered Tudor-bethan brick chimney stacks. Medieval timber-framed building replaced by early C17 red brick structure with plinth. The south wing retains its original coped gables with octagonal finials which have lost their original caps. Other gables, including that of the porch, are modern copies of the south wing gables. Hall fireplace in west wall with chimney breast projecting externally with moulded brick cornice. A doorway was broken through the chimney breast in the late C17; this is now blocked. The hall fireplace was reconstituted in the early C20. Hall windows of 3 and 4 lights with transoms and mullions, ovolo mouldings, stay bars, leaded lights and iron casements. Two and three light mullioned windows of similar character in south range. Gabled 2 storey entrance porch to former screens passage of hall with moulded strings and rusticated brickwork over doorway; modern entrance and boarded door. Internal features include ovolo moulded posts to altered hall screen. The rebuilt north-west wing retains fine original fireplaces formerly belonging to solar room of the C17 building: ground floor with elaborately carved oak chimney piece decorated with caryatids; first floor with clunch chimney piece with carved panel of the Judgement of Paris in bas relief. (RCHM, Herts p 141; VCH, Herts 3 p 118; J Smith.)

Listing NGR: TL2173830819

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 118
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

National Grid Reference: TL 21738 30819


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