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Briar Cottage, Wethersfield

Description: Briar Cottage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 115689

OS Grid Reference: TL7133231384
OS Grid Coordinates: 571332, 231384
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9545, 0.4919

Location: High Street, Wethersfield, Essex CM7 4BZ

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

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Listing Text

(north side)

5/177 Briar Cottage


Wrongly shown on OS map as Park View. House. C17, altered in C20. Timber
framed, roughcast rendered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. 3 bays facing
SE, with axial stack at right end, originally external, enclosed by one-bay
extension to right, late C17/early C18. C20 external stack at left end. C20
single-storey extension to rear with felted lean-to roof, and further extension
at rear right corner with roof of red interlocking tiles. One storey with
attics. One C20 splayed bay, 2 C19 casements, and 2 C19/early C20 casements in
gabled dormers. C20 door at front of gabled porch. The original building
comprises a heated room of 2 bays and an unheated parlour of one bay, with
jowled posts and straight rising braces at the corners, trenched inside the
studs. The heated room has a chamfered transverse beam with lamb's tongue stops
and plain joists of horizontal section. The parlour has chamfered longitudinal
joists of horizontal section with lamb's tongue stops. All joists are supported
on pegged clamps but appear to be original. Large wood-burning hearth of 0.23
metre brickwork with ogee-headed salt recess in left flank, mantel beam
replaced. Some original wattle and daub in rear wall. The right extension has a
chamfered axial beam with lamb's tongue stops and plain joists of vertical
section. Clasped purlin roof. Some fire damage at right rear corner of original
building. An unusual examlple of a small house of the first half of the C17,
with high quality finish, extended soon afterwards. RCHM 5.

Listing NGR: TL7133231384

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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