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Rooks Nest Farm

by janet on 1 December 2011 · 2 comments

Rooks Nest farm, Walkern

From ‘Parishes: Walkern’, A History of the County of Hertford: volume 3 (1912), pp. 151-158. British History Online

At the south end of the village are the mill on the River Beane and the early 17th-century farm-house called Rook’s Nest. It is chiefly built of the narrow 2-inch red bricks, and is of two stories and attics. It is L-shaped on plan, though a long brew-house projects northward from the kitchen wing. The main building faces east, and has the usual two-storied gabled porch nearly in the centre of the front. At the back is a boldly projecting staircase carried well above the eaves of the main building and finished with a gable. A long kitchen wing facing the south projects from the main building. The main building is divided internally into two nearly equal parts by the massive substructure of the central chimney, the drawing-room or old parlour being on the right of the entrance, and the hall, now the dining room, on the left. In both these rooms the old fireplaces have been built up and modern grates substituted. A south entrance door formerly existed from the dining room. The staircase opens directly into the dining room, and the arrangement of the stair is very similar to that at Queen Hoo Hall, Tewin, and is an intermediate stage between the newel and the open stair; but in this instance the stair winds round three sides only of the timber-framed newel, which is 2 ft. 3 in. wide, and is lined up to the first floor level with old oak panelling. The panels are moulded, and inside each is a lozenge-shaped inner panel. This is the only old panelling left in the house. At the landing above are some flat-moulded balusters, cut out of 3 in. by 1

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Norman Lucey May 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Question: Is it true that Rooks Nest House, formerly known as ‘Howards’ was the author’s home between 1883 and 1893. It featured in his ‘masterpiece’ novel, ‘Howards End’?


val woolley June 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Thank you for the information re Rooks Nest. My ancestors lived there. My Great gt grandfather Gilbert Marsh farmed there.His daughter was Anna Marsh ( she is on the 1861 and 1871) Census. married Henry Parrish from Chesfield Manor farm, which on the map looks to be on the adjoining land. They are not at the farm when Gilbert’s wife Rebecca died in 1874. As I have not seen any pictures of the house , it was lovely to see one, thank you.
Valerie Woolley


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