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Description: White Gates
Date Listed: 13 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 115417
OS Grid Reference: TL7961810492
OS Grid Coordinates: 579618, 210492
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7643, 0.6015
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TL 71 SE HATFIELD PEVEREL SPORTSMAN'S LANE,
5/76 No. 41 (White Gates)
House. Early C15, altered in C17 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, with
thatched roof. 2-bay hall facing N, with C20 axial stack in left bay,
parlour/solar bay to right, and originally unstoreyed service bay to left. C17
one-bay extension to left, with external stack at end, and C20 single-storey
flat-roofed extension beyond. C20 stair extension-to centre front, with hipped
roof. One storey with attics. 4 C20 casements on ground floor, and one long
C20 casement at half-height in stair extension. Roof hipped at right end.
Jowled posts, heavy studding. The hall has a wide front doorway with 4-centred
arched head (re-set on one side), blocked. The posts of the central open truss
have chamfered attached shafts and chamfered arched braces; 2 tiebeams and the
former crownposts are missing. Display V-bracing at 'high end', of which the
front part is original, the rear part restored, trenched into the studs of the
partition, now exposed. The former inserted stack at the 'low end' has been
rebuilt in the C20, retaining the chamfered mantel beam with lamb's tongue
stops. C17 inserted floor comprising a chamfered axial beam with lamb's tongue
stops and plain joists of vertical section, with a few joists replaced in
softwood. C20 softwood joists in service bay. The left extension has a
chamfered axial beam and plain joists of vertical section jointed to it with
soffit tenons with diminished haunches. The intermediate tiebeam has been
severed for a doorway. Roof mainly original, with heavily smoke-blackened
rafters and collars over hall and service end, and smoke-blackened laths and
thatch also, proving that the lowest layer of the thatch has been undisturbed
since the C16. This is a rare feature; at present only one other example of
medieval thatch is known in Essex, at Reynolds, Lamarsh (where less of it
survives), and deserves special care. The collar-purlin is missing. The
structure of a gablet hip and smoke vent survive at the left end, obscured
externally by the later extension. This house has been converted to cottages,
and back to a house in the C20.
Listing NGR: TL7961810492
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Source: English Heritage
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