Wednesday, 3 July 2013

River Gade Piccotts End

River Gade
The Gade flows south eastwards

Post to the west Noake
Post to the south Gadebridge

Piccotts End
Greenbanks. Built in the 1930s this is on the site of the smithy stood before the house,
101 - 105 17th buildings, timber framed faced with whitewashed stucco. 101 has a Phoenix fire plaque on the wall,
109 Gadespring House. This is a 17th building in whitewashed cement rendering which may once have been a farm. Original entrance was in what is now the right hand side and a new and later facade has been added
130 part of 15th hall house which was converted to a line of cottages, timber framed with whitewashed plaster and red brick.
132 has important 15th wall paintings, discovered in March 1953. They show religious scenes, including the baptism of Jesus by St John - wearing camel skin complete with head and hoofs - and the Virgin Mary holding Christ's body in front of the cross. Also painted are St Peter, St Catherine of Alexandria with her wheel and sword and St Margaret of Antioch emerging from the body of a dragon.  It is thought that there is a link to these and the Cathars of southern France and Catalonia. The building also has a hidden room in the roof which could have been a priest hole. This is part of a 15th hall house which was converted to a line of cottages. Timber framed with whitewashed plaster and red brick. A plaque on the front says "In this Row of Cottages Sir Astley Cooper Bart, Surgeon to King George IV, Senior Surgeon at Guy's Hospital 1800 to 1825, opened the First Cottage Hospital January 1827."
134 this contains Elizabethan wall paintings. Part of 15th hall house which was converted to a line of cottages. Timber framed with whitewashed plaster and red brick
136 part of 15th hall house which was converted to a line of cottages. Timber framed with whitewashed plaster and red brick
Old Infirmary Yard
138 19th stucco fronted building with ornamental ironwork veranda
140 19th front on an earlier timber frame
142 - 148 18th building in red brick. This is the old Windmill pub and cottages. Plus Old Bakery, which was added in the late 1840s to tie the barn at the rear of the houses to the front.
150 18th building in whitewashed brick and pebbledash
117 Piccott's End Farmhouse. 16th timber framed building with red brick and plaster infilling. Said to have once been two buildings which had wall paintings of flowers with texts
Piccott's End House. 19th house in stucco
All Saints - was dedicated in 1907 and remained a place of worship until the 1970's. It has since been converted to housing

Sources
British Listed Buildings. Web site.
Dacorum Council. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Hertfordshire
Piccotts End Residents Association. Web site
Piccotts End. Wikipedia. Web site
Whitelaw. Hidden Hertfordshire

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