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Description: Wakelands Farmhouse
Date Listed: 16 May 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 114188
OS Grid Reference: TL6818439187
OS Grid Coordinates: 568184, 239187
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0256, 0.4500
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TL 63 NE STEEPLE BUMPSTEAD
Hall house, early C16, altered in C17 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. 2-bay hall aligned approx. N-S, integral service
end to S (probably unstoreyed originally), 3-bay parlour/solar crosswing to
N, jettied to W. Axial chimney stack inserted in S bay of hall, in 2 stages,
before and after 1600. External chimney stack to N of crosswing, early C17.
2 storeys. W elevation (originally the front, now facing into farmyard), plain
door, 3 C20 casement windows, 4 plain brackets partly exposed below jetty.
First floor, 2 C20 casement windows, of which one is in a gabled dormer. Posts
originally jowled, some jowls later cut back. Ground floor of crosswing
partitioned in 2 and one bays, binding beam in larger room with double ogee
mouldings and converging stops, other plain-chamfered. Inserted floor in N
bay of hall, c.1600, transverse beam plain-chamfered with lamb's tongue stop,
axial beam unchamfered, joists plastered to soffits. Inserted floor in S
(service) bay, C18, axial beam plain-chamfered with plain stops, joists
unchamfered. Original rebated floorboards over hall. Edge-halved and bridled
scarf in W wallplate. Heavily smoke-blackened rafters in S bay of hall,
indicating smoke bay or timber framed chimney before the present brick chimney
was inserted. Both roofs rebuilt, originally of crownpost construction, now
in clasped purlin form. Central tiebeam of hall severed for doorway. C20
alterations are superficial only.
Listing NGR: TL6818439187
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Source: English Heritage
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