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Appletrees, Ridgewell

Description: Appletrees

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 September 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 114123

OS Grid Reference: TL7363041056
OS Grid Coordinates: 573630, 241056
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0407, 0.5302

Location: Colne Springs, Ridgewell, Essex CO9 4RU

Locality: Ridgewell
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 4RU

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Listing Text

3/38 Appletrees (formerly listed
24/9/76 under Chapel Green)

Hall house, late C14, altered in C16 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. 2-bay hall aligned approximately NW-SE with late
C16 inserted chimney stack in SE bay, and storeyed bays at each end. C18
external chimney stack at NW end. Extension to SW forming a T-plan, 1978.
Single storey with attics. NE elevation, C20 door, 4 C20 casement windows, 3
more in swept dormers. Roof half-hipped at both ends. The interior has jowled
posts, heavy studding, steeply cranked central tiebeam with deep arched braces,
cross-quadrate crownpost with 4-way rising braces of which 3 are still present,
original roof timbers, heavily smoke-blackened above the hall. Both end walls
are of interrupted tiebeam construction with evidence of unglazed windows at
both levels. Some original diamond mullions are in situ. Both wallplates have
edge-halved and bridled scarfs. The floor inserted in the hall in the late
C16 has a plain-chamfered axial beam and plain-chamfered joists of horizontal
section. The building is of special interest in that there is a clear
structural break between the storeyed NW bay and the remainder, although they
are of similar construction and date, indicating a phased building programme
from the outset. Appletrees is also unusual in never having had a cross-entry -
the evidence of doorways on opposite sides indicates that they were not in
line. M.C. Wadhams: Restoration case-study, Appletrees, a small C14 house in
North Essex, Period Home, April/May 1981, pp. 5-9.

Listing NGR: TL7363041056

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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