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Spring Grange, Hertfordshire

PCA was commissioned to undertake a historic building investigation and recording of this complex and much-altered Grade II listed farmhouse and bothy prior to refurbishment, producing a Level 3 analytical record and archive.

Level 3 historic building recording is a high level of recording for historic buildings with Level 1 being the lowest and Level 4 the highest. It involves comprehensive and detailed documentation of a structure’s architectural and historical significance and typically includes a range of detailed surveys, including photographic documentation, detailed measured drawings, and laser scanning to create a 3D model of the building. In addition, archival research is often carried out to provide a comprehensive historical context for the building, including information on its construction and previous uses.

Our work at Spring Grange confirmed the listing description’s assessment that it started life as a late medieval hall house, undergoing many subsequent phases of extension and refurbishment from the 17th century to the present day. The building recording was carried out before the works, and a watching brief during them, which provided insight into the nuances of the building’s development and internal layout.