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Date Listed: 21 December 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 115641
OS Grid Reference: TL7210529945
OS Grid Coordinates: 572105, 229945
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9414, 0.5024
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TL 7229 WETHERSFIELD BRAINTREE ROAD
6/128 Timbers (formerly listed as
21.12.67 "Timbers", Cherry Gardens)
House. Late C16, altered in C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. 3 bays facing SW with central stack, c.1590, extended
to left by one bay shortly afterwards. 2-bay rear extension, c.1600, with C20
external stack at end. Single-storey lean-to extension in right rear angle. 2
storeys. 4-window range of C20 casements. C20 door in lean-to porch, C20.
Date 'Circa 1575' in modern plaster on front. 4 linked octagonal shafts,
shortened and upper parts rebuilt in C20. The right return wall has a jetty
with ovolo-moulded bressumer. The interior has jowled posts, and some exposed
studding with straight braces trenched to the inside. 2 large wood-burning
hearths, the left hearth with a C17 cast iron fireback, the right hearth with an
early C17 depressed arch of plastered brick with C20 grate. In the left
extension there are longitudinal joists of horizontal section. The 2 main
ground floor rooms have chamfered transverse beams, one with lamb's tongue stops
and plain joists of horizontal section. Both of these beams have been scarfed
at a later date near the front wall, the purpose of which is not apparent.
Early C19 brick floors in all ground floor rooms, some original floorboards
above. Both roofs of clasped purlin construction. Photographs in the possession
of the owner show that there are 2 windows of early glazed type above the jetty,
each with one mullion and 2 saddle bars, now plastered in on both sides. Beside
the left ground floor hearth there is a curved draught screen, of C17
construction, with 3 D-section ledges of matched curvature and rebated boards, a
rare and valuable survival, later raised to ceiling level. RCHM 34.
Listing NGR: TL7210529945
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