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Littleacres, Wethersfield

Description: Littleacres

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 115648

OS Grid Reference: TL7358231571
OS Grid Coordinates: 573582, 231571
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9555, 0.5247

Locality: Wethersfield
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM7 4DT

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Listing Text

(east side)

1/135 Littleacres


Wrongly shown on OS map as Brickels House. House. C.1570, altered in C20.
Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. 4 bays facing
SE, with axial stack in second bay from left end. C18/C19 lean-to extension at
rear, absorbed into C20 wing and lean-to extensions each side. 2 storeys.
Ground floor, 2 C20 oriels. First floor, 3 C20 casements. Plain boarded door
in gabled porch, C20. Original sprockets below eaves. Under-built jetty with
groove for sliding shutters at right end. Chamfered axial and transverse beams
with well-cut lamb's tongue stops, early examples of their use. Plain joists of
horizontal section. Blocked stair trap in rear left corner. Jowled posts,
close studding with curved braces trenched to the inside. Blocked window with
shutter groove in rear right corner, probably with mullions still present.
Edge-halved and bridled scarfs in wallplates. Crownpost roof with thin axial
braces to right of stack, the collar-purlin chamfered with step stops. Clasped
purlin roof to left of stack. Large wood-burning hearth of 0.33 metre brickwork
facing right, original. Smaller C17 wood-burning hearth of 0.23 metre brickwork
facing left with curved back and wrought iron trammel. Original rebated
floorboards. The combination of lamb's tongue stops on the beams with step
stops in the crownpost roof is of unusual interest, and permits a close dating
(J. McCann, The Introduction of the Lamb's Tongue Stop, Historic Buildings in
Essex 2, 1985). This house has an unusually complete range of original interior
features. RCHM 59.

Listing NGR: TL7358231571

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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