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Description: Colneford House
Date Listed: 7 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 116027
OS Grid Reference: TL8681929068
OS Grid Coordinates: 586819, 229068
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9288, 0.7158
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TL 82 NE WHITE COLNE COLNEFORD HILL
6/195 Colneford House
House. 1685, for George and Elizabeth Toller. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red plain tiles. L-plan facing NW. Original stair tower and C20
extension to rear. C17 wing to NE. C16 red brick chimney stacks, one central
and one external on NE end wall. 2 storeys and attics. 5-window range of C20
leaded casements, many re-using parts of the originals. C20 square bay window
at SW end. Early C19 gabled dormer window at SW end, with leaded lights and
Gothick 2-centred heads. Ornamental pargetting with elaborate design of
conventional foliage, strapwork and foliated borders, accurately restored in
1986. Cartouche inscribed 1685 GET. Internally the frame is virtually
complete, with stop-chamfered bridging joists throughout. Late C15 moulded
joists re-used in C17 rear wing. There are double top plates with halved and
bladed scarfs, clasping the tiebeams and attic floor joists. Roof is framed,
staggered side-purlins with collars to principal rafters. C17 rear wing has
simple lodged side-purlin roof with yoked collars. There are a number of late
C17 bolection-moulded fire surrounds in wood and marble, and all main
ground-floor rooms have panelling of the same date. Many late C17 doors, most
with original work. Original open well staircase with turned balusters, square
handrail, and ball finials to newel posts. Staircase now terminates at first
floor, but part of the top survives at attic level. Main chimney stack has
re-used C15 mantel beam with cambered top, in centre room. Besides the high
quality and complete nature of the detailing, this is the most important example
of C17 pargetting in the county, and one of the most important in south-east
England. (Bankaert, The Art of the Plasterer, 1909). RCHM 23.
Listing NGR: TL8681929068
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