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Gainsford Hall, Toppesfield

Description: Gainsford Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 June 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 114503

OS Grid Reference: TL7235934984
OS Grid Coordinates: 572359, 234984
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9866, 0.5086

Location: Toppesfield, Essex CO9 4EJ

Locality: Toppesfield
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 4EJ

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Listing Text

5/1 Gainsford Hall
21.6.62 II

Manor house, C16, altered in C18 and C19. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. 3 bays aligned approx. E-W, aspect N, with axial
chimney stack at W end, and C18 external chimney stack to rear of second bay
from E end. 3-bay E crosswing extending to S, with C18 internal chimney stack,
and single-storey extension with catslide roof in SW angle. 3-bay W crosswing
extending to N, with internal chimney stack against W wall, now terminating
below roof level, and roof re-aligned E-W. Long ancillary building extending
to N of this with many medieval features, weatherboarded. 2 storeys. Half-
glazed door in C19 gabled porch with fretted bargeboards. 3 double-hung sash
windows of 16 lights on ground floor and 5 on first floor, late C18. Exposed
high collar and purlin ends on gable of E crosswing. The E crosswing has an
edge-halved and bridled scarf in the W wallplate, cranked braces to the collar,
and an original E ground-floor window of 3 closely-spaced moulded mullions
retaining original ochre paint. The main range originally had a chimney stack
in the short E bay, but this was removed in the C18. It has plain-chamfered
beams and joists of horizontal section with step stops, and 2 front ground-floor
windows each with 2 moulded mullions and mortices for stiffening bars. On the
first floor there is an unglazed rear window with 3 diamond mullions. The
wallplate scarfs are of a type not previously recorded, face-halved, housed
at both ends, and there is a crownpost roof with plain posts and thin axial
braces. The W wing has plain-chamfered beams with lamb's tongue stops, and
joists of horizontal section with die-away stops.

Listing NGR: TL7235934984

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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