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Prayers Thorn, Shalford

Description: Prayers Thorn

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 115577

OS Grid Reference: TL7318128398
OS Grid Coordinates: 573181, 228398
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9272, 0.5173

Location: Shalford, Essex CM7 5JA

Locality: Shalford
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM7 5JA

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Listing Text

(east side)

3/58 Prayers Thorn


House. C16, altered in C17 and C20. Timber framed, plastered with
weatherboarded dado, roof thatched. 2-bay hall facing SW, with originally
storeyed service bay to left, and originally unstoreyed parlour bay to right.
Stack in left bay of hall against rear wall, c.1600, forming a lobby-entrance.
Parlour bay extended to right approx. 1.5 metres in C17. C20 extension with
thatched roof at left end, C20 single-storey lean-to extension with roof of
corrugated asbestos at rear. One storey with attics. 4 C20 horizontally
sliding sashes, and 2 C20 casements in gabled dormers. C20 door in lean-to
porch with shingled roof. A beam of the inserted floor projects through the
front wall inside the porch, tusk-tenoned. Jowled posts, heavy studding with
curved braces trenched to the inside, clasped purlin roof with arched
wind-bracing. The original partition between the hall and the parlour bay has
been removed, and a C20 imitation unglazed window inserted in the rear wall on
the site of a severed wallpost. All joists plain and of horizontal section.
All the floor to right of the stack was inserted c.1600; one beam is chamfered
with lamb's tongue stops, another is chamfered with lamb's tongue-plus-bar
stops. The large wood-burning hearth facing to right has been divided by later
brickwork to form 2 opposite hearths. The name derives from an estate clap of
1603, in which the property is named Prayers, followed by the name of the
tenant, Thomas (misread as Thorn) Cleveland. This building is on the boundary
between the parishes of Shalford and Wethersfield, but according to the
Electoral Register it is regarded as being in Shalford parish. RCHM 36.

Listing NGR: TL7318128398

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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