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Description: Church Farmhouse
Date Listed: 29 August 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 114496
OS Grid Reference: TL7393437477
OS Grid Coordinates: 573934, 237477
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0085, 0.5328
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TL 7337 TOPPESFIELD CHURCH LANE, North Side
6/10 Church Farmhouse
Guildhall/church house, c.1500, altered in C16 and C19. Timber framed,
plastered, roofed with machine-made red clay tiles. 4 bays aligned approx. NE-
SW, aspect SE. Late C16 axial chimney stack one bay from NE end and C18
internal chimney stack at SW end. Rear stair tower with catslide roof behind
main stack, and single-storey extensions with lean-to roofs to each side of it.
2 storeys. Jettied on front elevation, with 2 plain brackets exposed,
underbuilt in the SW bay. Plain boarded door, 2 C19 casement windows and one
single-hung sash window of 12 lights. First floor, 4 C19 casement windows. The
exterior has C18/19 pargetting in panels with moulded borders. The interior has
one hollow-moulded doorway with 4-centred head in partition wall of SW bay, a
double-ogee moulded axial beam with carved foliate stops, jowled posts, grooves
for sliding shutters on both floors, and an edge-halved and bridled scarf in the
rear wallplate. The upper floor was originally one undivided space of 4 bays,
for public purposes. No access to roof. The pegging of the rear wall indicates
that there was a rear wing originally, which accounts for the narrow span, only
approx. 5 metres. The position, immediately opposite the church, confirms its
original function as a public building. A guild of St. Margaret is recorded in
the 1524 Lay Subsidy (PRO, E.179/108/163 m. 6 d). RCHM 8.
Listing NGR: TL7393437477
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Source: English Heritage
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