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Chadwells Farmhouse, Birdbrook

Description: Chadwells Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 114071

OS Grid Reference: TL7075042316
OS Grid Coordinates: 570750, 242316
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0529, 0.4889

Location: Fell Road, Birdbrook, Essex CO9 4BG

Locality: Birdbrook
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 4BG

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Listing Text

3/6 Chadwells Farmhouse


House, early C17, extended in C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. Main range aligned approx. E-W with 2-bay crosswing
at E end. Internal chimney stack at the junction, and external stack at W end.
Ancillary building at W end combined with house in 1971, forming a second,
longer crosswing, enclosing the last stack. Single-storey with attics. N
elevation, door with tiled gabled hood, 4 casement windows, all C20. On first
floor, 4 more, of which 2 are in flat-roofed dormers. Main chimney stack has
sunk panel with inscription painted on plaster:
4 octagonal shafts rebuilt 1971. Some framing exposed internally. Jowled
posts. Straight bracing trenched inside studs. Plain-chamfered axial beams
with lamb's tongue stops in main range, plain-chamfered binding beam with more
elaborate carved stops in crosswing. Some joists exposed, of horizontal
section. Both chimney stacks original, but ground-floor hearths much altered.
Clasped purlin roof. The name is first recorded in court rolls of 1293 as
Caldewell (Essex Record Office D/DU 268, transcr. J.A. Buck. Deeds in the
possession of the owner show that the farm of about 110 acres was bought by
Martin Sparrow of Wixoe, gent, in 1622, and his initials appear on the chimney
stack. E.S. has not been identified. There are farm maps of 1726, 1808 and
1844 in Essex Record Office. The history of the property from 1622 is described
in P. Crouch: The Story of Chadwells Farm, Birdbrook, The Haverhill Historian
9 September 1981 and 10 May 1982 (copies in Suffolk Record Office).

Listing NGR: TL7075042316

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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