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Tilbury Hall, Tilbury Juxta Clare

Description: Tilbury Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 114478

OS Grid Reference: TL7583440069
OS Grid Coordinates: 575834, 240069
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0312, 0.5618

Location: Tilbury Juxta Clare, Essex CO9 4JN

Locality: Tilbury Juxta Clare
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 4JN

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Listing Text

2/12 Tilbury Hall

House, C14 and C16, altered in C19 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. Service crosswing aligned NE-SW, originally of
4 bays, reduced to 3, of a C14 aisled hall formerly sited to the SE, of which
only fragments remain. On its site is a 2-storey 'hall' block, late C15/early
C16, with a contemporary stair tower in the E angle, with catslide roof. Late
C16 extension to NE of crosswing, jettied at the end, with later chimney stack
through jetty. C18 external chimney stack to SE, terminating at eaves. 2-bay
extension to NW of crosswing with internal chimney stack at junction, and
external chimney stack at end, late C16, and C19 single-storey extension beyond.
C18/C19 extension in N angle. The whole forms a T-plan, with the long elevation
to the SW, now forming the entrance front; this was the rear elevation
originally. All the most important architectural features face NE, towards
the parish church. 2 storeys with attics. C20 door, 4 tripartite double-hung
sash windows of 4-12-4 lights, of which 2 are early C19 and 2 are C20
reproductions, 2 early C19 double-hung sash windows of 12 lights. First floor,
3 early C19 tripartite windows. In attic gable, one C20 double-hung sash
window of 12 lights. In SE gable, first floor doorway with 4-centred head,
reduced to form a window. The internal chimney stack has 2 diagonal and one
square shafts with broached and dentilled base. The NW stack has 2 diagonal
shafts, rebuilt. 2 plain brackets are exposed below the NE jetty. The C14
crosswing has exposed joists with central tenon jointing and a blocked stair
trap, multiple display bracing on the SE side, smoke-blackened, jowled posts,
crownpost roof (incomplete). On the first floor there are 2 elaborately moulded
doorways and a third incomplete, early C16. Of the former aisled hall only one
arcade post and a short length of tiebeam are visible. The hall block to the SE
has double-ogee mouldings on posts and binding beams, exposed plain joists of
horizontal section, and evidence of a former dais at the SE end. On the first
floor the blocked doorway already mentioned is hollow-moulded, with carvings of
lions' heads in the spandrels of the arched head. The wallplates have edge-
halved and bridled scarfs and double-ogee mouldings (one section replaced); the
central tiebeam is missing and the roof is altered. There is an inserted window
in the NE wall with 2 ovolo mullions. The NE extension has a cellar, the ground
floor missing, and a frieze window, fully ovolo-moulded, across the entire
width, partly blocked by the later chimney stack. There is evidence of a
similar frieze window on the first floor, but concealed by the panelling of
c.1600 which lines the end room. The roof is of clasped purlin construction.
The NW extension has chamfered beams, and plain joists of horizontal section
exposed in one room. In the NE wall there is one original window on the ground
floor and two on the first floor with ovolo-moulded jambs, mullions and
transoms, and modern casements. The roof is of clasped purlin construction.
This house retains an exceptional number of internal features of high quality
and historical interest. RCHM 2.

Listing NGR: TL7583440069

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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