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Petches Farmhouse, Finchingfield

Description: Petches Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 2 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 115212

OS Grid Reference: TL6977031774
OS Grid Coordinates: 569770, 231774
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9585, 0.4694

Location: Finchingfield, Essex CM7 4LH

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

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Listing Text

(west side)

3/70 Petches Farmhouse

- II

House. Circa 1300 and late C15, altered in C20. Timber framed, plastered,
roofed with handmade red clay tiles. A manor house of complex and unusual plan.
(1) 4-bay 2-storey range, c.1300, aligned NE-SW, with early C17 internal stack
near the middle (2) parallel staircase hall to SE, C17 and later (3) parallel 3-
bay 2-storey wing to SE, late C15, with jetty to SIi, and early C17 external
stack at side (4) 2-bay open hall, late C15, to SE of SW end. Single-storey
lean-to extensions to SE and in E angle. The house now faces NE, but the jetty
suggests that originally it faced SW. 2 storeys, and hall of one storey with
attics. NE elevation, 3 C20 casements on ground floor, 5 on first floor, of
which one is in a gabled dormer. C20 door. 4 twisted octagonal shafts on main
stack, restored. The interior of the NW range has unjowled posts, bridging
beams with chamfered fillets, splayed and undersquinted scarfs in one wallplate
and the collar-purlin, and crownpost roof with braces of wide section up to the
collar-purlin and down to the tiebeams, incomplete. This is a strange building,
and it has been suggested that originally it formed a first-floor hall. The 3-
bay range, of similar length, has chamfered beams, heavy joists of wide section
jointed to them with unrefined soffit tenons, and a crownpost roof with thin
axial braces only, some missing. The hall has a side-purlin roof with
conspicuous arched wind-bracing; the central tiebeam and braces to it have been
removed. There are 2 early ledged 3-plank doors, one on its original strap-
hinges, and one upper room is lined with early C17 oak panelling. RCHM 8.

Listing NGR: TL6977031774

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Source: English Heritage

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