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Description: Broadgate House
Date Listed: 16 May 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 114205
OS Grid Reference: TL6783941053
OS Grid Coordinates: 567839, 241053
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0425, 0.4459
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TL 64 SE STEEPLE BUMPSTEAD CHURCH STREET
2/47 Broadgate House
House, C16, extended in C18 and C19, altered in C20. Timber framed, roughcast
rendered, roofed mainly with handmade red clay tiles, and some slate. 3 bays
aligned NW-SE with axial chimney stack in middle bay, and 2-bay SE crosswing,
with C20 external chimney stack against SE wall. Main range extended approx.
3 metres to SW in C18, and SW wings added at both ends, forming a half-H plan.
C18 external chimney stacks against SE walls of both. The SW pitch of the main
roof is of slate. Single-storey extension to NW with slate roof, C19. Single-
storey extension with flat roof to SW, between the wings, C20. 2 storeys.
NE elevation, central glazed porch with side door, C20, one C18 double-hung
sash window of 16 lights above porch, and 4-window range of C20 casements, most
with rectangular leaded glazing. Roof hipped. The interior has a plain-
chamfered axial beam with lamb's tongue stops to NW of main stack, and 2 large
wood-burning hearths, both reduced. The ground-floor room to SE of the main
stack has an axial beam boxed in, an C18 doorcase to the SW with beaded jambs
and foliate carving, and an C18 6-panel door to the SE. The ground floor of
the crosswing has a binding beam boxed in, and is fully lined with C18
panelling, with C20 reproduction panelling in the SW extension. The posts of
the crosswing are jowled, and the roof is of clasped purlin construction, with
arched wind bracing. The SW extension of the main range has a fine C18
staircase with scrolled tread ends, slender twist-turned balusters, fluted round
posts and moulded handrails. To the SW there is an C18 doorcase with plain
pilasters, moulded cornice and dentilled architrave, with an early C19 half-
glazed door, now enclosed in the C20 extension. This house has a complex
architectural history. Although it now faces NE, there is some indication of
a concealed jetty at the SW end of the crosswing, suggesting that it then faced
SW, and the doorcase and staircase hall show that it certainly faced SW by the
C18. There is little visible evidence of the C16/C17 phase in the main range,
except the chimney stack which would have formed a lobby-entrance, and the one
exposed axial beam. This part of the roof has been rebuilt.
Listing NGR: TL6783941053
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Source: English Heritage
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