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Hill End

Gazetteer No. G0228

Date 1912

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)


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

Also Cited In

WEAVER, L., 1917. THE LESSER COUNTRY HOUSES OF TO-DAY: HILL END, PRESTON, HERTS, DESIGNED BY MR. LUTYENS. Country Life (Archive : 1901 – 2005), 41(1056), pp. 10-10, 12, 14.

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1102455 1347459 1307860 1176539


Mrs H G Fenwick