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Newneys Farmhouse, Fairstead

Description: Newneys Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 115358

OS Grid Reference: TL7494316543
OS Grid Coordinates: 574943, 216543
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8201, 0.5369

Location: Fairstead, Essex CM3 2BD

Locality: Fairstead
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM3 2BD

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Listing Text


2/5 Newney's Farmhouse


House. C15 and early C17, altered in C20. Timber framed, plastered and
weatherboarded, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. At N end, 2-bay crosswing
of an early C15 hall house, of which the remainder has been demolished. To S of
it, 4-bay lobby entrance house of the early C17 with axial stack in second bay
from N end. C20 lean-to conservatories at both ends. 2 storeys. W elevation,
2-window range of mid-C19 sashes with marginal lights. C20 door in simple
flat-roofed porch. The roof of the crosswing (at left) has been wholly rebuilt
as a hip to the larger house. The crosswing is complete and little altered up
to roof level; minor charring of the central tiebeam indicates that the original
roof was destroyed by fire. Jowled posts, heavy studding with curved tension
braces trenched to the outside, original wattle and daub infill with patterned
surface complete in the upper N wall, and almost complete in the upper S wall.
Wide arched braces to binding beam and to cambered central tiebeam. Plain
joists of horizontal section sawn off at binding beam. Blocked unglazed window
at upper front, with 3 of 4 diamond mullions present, and shutter groove.
Similar window at upper rear, complete with 2 of 3 diamond mullions. The upper
room has been sealed off and disused from an early date, possibly soon after the
construction of the main house of c.1600, and therefore preserves valuable
evidence of medieval interior finishes. The larger house has jowled posts,
face-halved and bladed scarfs in the wallplates, chamfered axial beams with
unusual carved stops, and plain joists of vertical section. 2 large
wood-burning hearths reduced for C20 grates.

Listing NGR: TL7486816552

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Source: English Heritage

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