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Finchingfield House, Finchingfield

Description: Finchingfield House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 December 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 115185

OS Grid Reference: TL6835932744
OS Grid Coordinates: 568359, 232744
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9677, 0.4494

Location: B1057, Finchingfield, Essex CM7 4JS

Locality: Finchingfield
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM7 4JS

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Listing Text

(west side)

7/42 Finchingfield House,
21.12.67 (formerly listed as
Hill House)


Wrongly shown on OS map as Hill House. House. Mid C16, altered in C19 and C20.
Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. 2-bay hall range
facing E, with 2-bay service crosswing to left and 2-bay parlour/solar crosswing
to right. C20 stack in right bay of hall range, replacing larger original stack
in the same position. Additional crosswing to left, projecting to rear, with
internal stack, reportedly c.1925. 2 storeys. The front presents 5 similar
gables, concealing the internal arrangement, which is essentially medieval in
plan but built in 2 storeys from the outset. 5-window range of C19 (and
reproduction) casements each of 3 lights with a 4-centred arched head, irregu-
larly divided into 8 panes, with a moulded label. Some crown glass. C19 door
with 4-centred arched head in C19 gabled porch with 4-centred outer arch and
cusped bargeboards with moulded finial. Cl9/early C20 cusped bargeboards on all
gables. In the right return wall there is a late C16 window of 7 lights with
ovolo mullions and diamond-leaded glass, blocked internally. The 'hall' has a
moulded half-height jowl and moulded transverse and axial beams, the latter
stopped and scarfed at the point where the original stack was removed. At the
left end of this room there are 2 moulded service doorways each with a hollow-
moulded 4-centred arched head, one blocked. The service bay has a moulded axial
beam and was originally divided axially. The joists are of horizontal section,
moulded in the front art, plain in the rear part. This room is lined with oak
panelling of c.1600, painted. The axial beam in the parlour bay is boxed in.
On the first floor some close studding is exposed, with curved bracing trenched
into it, and a re-sited doorhead of 4-centred curvature, plain. One stud in the
rear wall of the solar has a painted design of c.1600 in black lines on white,
all that remains exposed of a decorative scheme which originally would have
covered all the internal plaster and timber work. Probably more painted
studwork remains under the plaster. Clasped purlin roof. RCHM 21.

Listing NGR: TL6835932744

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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