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Hill End Cottages

Gazetteer No. G0226

Date 1911

Address Langley End Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7PT England


Here H. G. Fenwick purchased Hill End Farm in 1910 and employed Lutyens on various buildings: Langley End Cottage has the distinctive chimneys found on Lutyens’s estate cottages at Preston, as do Hill End Farm Cottages, further n. More important, a large new red brick house, Hill End, was commissioned by Fenwick’s wife Violet, c. 1911–12, for a friend. From the road, an irregular service wing half-conceals the almost modest entrance, single-storey beneath a huge roof with dormers, and two-storey cross-wings to l. and r. with hipped roofs. The garden front is more formal, again with hipped roofs but the recessed three-bay centre carried up to a parapet with lead urns. Lawrence Weaver wrote that ‘the garden side is a very just example of the spirit of classical repose in a composition possessing no definite classical features’. Now subdivided. (Bettley et al, 2019, p.345)

2 farm cottages, outhouses, and dairy all linked in one range. Circa 1911 by E.L. Lutyens said to be for Mrs. Fenwick. Dark red brick in English-bond with lighter red dressings and tile heads to vent-slots in dairy. Red tile-hanging to 1st floor in recessed centre. Steep pitched red tile roofs with continuous tiled eaves corbel but without any bellcast to eaves. The cottages form a single 16-storeys rectangular block facing N with upper floor lit by gable windows to E and W and a large gable central behind the chimney on the S but the front recessed in the centre giving a 2-storeys elevation between lower wings. Moulded plank doors, small-pane wooden flush casements painted white, and roofs of small outhouses on frontage linked to main roof over cross-passages. Massive central red brick chimney with clasping corner pilasters and waisted top. Linked to roof of W outhouse a long single-storey dairy building with similar roof and eaves detail and only 3 small ventilation slots along N side to road. (Historic England, list entry 1307860)


Bettley J, Pevsner N, Cherry B (2019) Hertfordshire. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Historic England. HILL END FARM COTTAGE, 1 AND 2, AND ADJOINING DAIRY. [Online] Available from:

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