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Town House Cottages, Great Bardfield

Description: Town House Cottages

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 December 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 115310

OS Grid Reference: TL6747330489
OS Grid Coordinates: 567473, 230489
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9477, 0.4354

Location: 5 B1057, Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4RF

Locality: Great Bardfield
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM7 4RF

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Listing Text

(north-west side)

8/171 Town House Cottages
21.12.67 (Formerly listed as Nos.1 and
2 Town House Cottages)

House. Circa 1500 and C19, altered in 1984. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. At the time of survey, July 1984, 2 cottages were
being converted into one house. The left cottage comprises the service bay and
the 2 lower bays of a 3-bay hall of a house, c.1500, facing SE, with an inserted
internal stack at the left end against the rear wall. The right cottage was
built in the Cl9, with a central stack which does not appear above roof level.
2 single-storey lean-to extensions at rear, C19. One storey, cellar and attics.
2 C20 casements, one Cl9 horizontally sliding sash of 24 lights, 4 C20 casements
in gabled dormers with C19 fretted and pierced bargeboards and finials. One 4-
panel door with upper panels glazed, one boarded door with small glazed pane,
double doors to garage in right bay. Stack at left end, behind ridge, with 4
octagonal shafts. The left dormer bears the date 1609 painted on the plaster.
The left door is on the site of the original door of the medieval house, and the
back door is on the site of the original back door. To the right the low end
partition of the hall is almost complete, with twin doorways with moulded jambs
and 4-centred heads, and heavy studding. The bay to the right retains the
original lodged floor of longitudinal plain joists of horizontal section, the
axial partition removed. The partition between the screens passage and the main
part of the hall has been removed, and there is a late C16 inserted floor with
longitudinal joists of horizontal section, and original boards. Large wood-
burning hearth. On the first floor there is a rebate for the shutters of the
hall window in the front wallplate, and a crownpost above the service doors with
axial bracing. Above ceiling level the collars and rafters of the hall are
smoke-blackened. The 'high end' bay of the hall is now part of Town House, to
the left (q.v.), and a rear wing of c.1600, also now part of Town House,
overlaps the left end of this property and was served by the same stack. The
date 1609 could relate to the insertion of the dormer in the upper part of the
hall (the Walker maps in Essex Record Office show that dormers appear after
1600). RCHM 25.

Listing NGR: TL6747330489

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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