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Description: Houchin's Farmhouse
Date Listed: 2 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 116035
OS Grid Reference: TL8708423548
OS Grid Coordinates: 587084, 223548
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8791, 0.7166
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TL 82 SE COGGESHALL
6/4 Houchin's Farmhouse
House. Circa 1590, altered in C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with
handmade red plain tiles. Main range of 5 bays aligned E-W, with central stack;
3 storeys and cellar. 3-bay service range to N of W end with one axial stack;
one storey and attic. All windows are C20 metal casements, including 5 in
hipped dormers in service range. Double half-glazed doors to S. The S and W
elevations of the main range are jettied at first and second floors. The roof
of the main range has a gablet hip at the W end, a gable at the E end, which is
tile-hung; stack rebuilt above roof level in C20, with 7 octagonal shafts. The
service range has a half-hip to the N. Carved grotesque figures below both
jetties at the SW corner; moulded fascias to all jetties. Cement-rendered
plinth approximately one metre high. Shaped sprockets below eaves. Jowled
posts. Curved tension braces trenched inside heavy studding, nailed at the
crossings. In both ranges, chamfered binding and bridging beams with lamb's
tongue stops, joists plastered to the soffits, original related floorboards.
Some posts in both ranges have ovolo-moulded jowls or ledges. One transverse
beam in the service range is re-used from a jettied building. The main range
has a clasped purlin roof with arched wind-bracing. Blocked original windows
with unrefined ovolo-moulded jambs and mullions on the second floor; others in
the attic complete with diamond saddle bars. Face-halved and bladed scarfs in
the wallplates of both ranges. The W ground-floor room of the main range has a
wide wood-burning hearth with ovolo-moulded jambs and depressed arch, stripped
of plaster. The E ground-floor room is fully lined with original or early C17
oak panelling; C20 grate. Early C19 quarter-turn stair with pine handrail and
stick balusters. The frame is illustrated and described in C.A. Hewett, The
Development of Carpentry, 1200-1700, an Essex study, 1969, 144, 154, 200, 202-3,
207, 210. RCHM (Feering) 2.
Listing NGR: TL8708423548
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Source: English Heritage
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