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South Lodge - Briggens House Hotel - Jan 2011

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A magnificent symmetrical pair of Grade II listed gate lodges located at the South gate of the Briggens House Hotel in Roydon

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The hotel itself is undergoing a refurb and is currently occupied by the caretaker

Description on the British Listed Buildings website is thus...

Gates and a pair of gatelodges 'HCG 1914' on approach bridge parapet. Plum brick with red brick dressings, steep Coniston slate roofs, carved limestone urns to gatepiers, wrought iron gates. A formal classical symmetrical arrangement approached by a converging parapetted bridge from Essex across a stream. Deep moulded brick capping and plum brick with short square piers to parapet wall, opening into small rectangular forecourt. Heavy wrought iron double gates with scrolled tops between tall brick

piers with urn finials. Tall 1-storey and attics gate lodge on each side with steep hipped roofs, square central chimney and flat topped dormer with moulded cornice on each side. 2 flush box sash windows with 6/6 panes, each set in round arched panel with keystone. Moulded wooden eaves cornice. Parapeted flat

roofed open porch links each lodge to a gatepier and each has an ornamental wrought iron gate in a round arched opening with stone imposts and keystone. Circular opening with scrolled grill on canted face next gate. Matching brick extensions at rear of each lodge. The entrance frames a view of Briggens House along the avenue.

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]When you get to the other side of those magnificent gates, the driveway goes on forever

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]I went to have a look at the North Gate Lodge, but this is obscured by scaffolding, it did have a couple of interesting features though

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There is also some sort of tower in the grounds, but I was getting too many strange looks from the golfers to explore it.

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Thanks for looking

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Interesting find, and that tower looks quite interesting, can't work out if it's a converted water tower or if it's been purpose built like that. Know any more about it??

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I will have to look into that tower, it is quite interesting, the scaffold only held a canopy over the roof, it was a single story cottage.

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