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The Old Bull, Coggeshall

Description: The Old Bull

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 31 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 116076

OS Grid Reference: TL8515922761
OS Grid Coordinates: 585159, 222761
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8727, 0.6883

Location: Queen Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TX

Locality: Coggeshall
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO6 1TX

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Listing Text

(north-west side)

9/45 Nos. 45 and 47 (The
31.10.66 Old Bull) (formerly
listed as No. 45
(Verandah) House with
shop, and No. 47


House, now hairdressing salon and house. Early C14, C16 and C17, altered in C19
and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. 2
bays remain of an aisled hall of 3 bays, facing SE, set back from the street by
the width of the former front aisle. C19 stack to rear, enclosed by C17 wing of
2 bays with hipped roof. 3-bay crosswing to left, projecting forwards to the
street, with internal stack, and 2-bay extension to rear, C16, with C20 external
stack to right. C19 2-storey lean-to extension between the rear wings, and C19
single-storey extensions to rear right. 2 storeys with attics. No. 45 has a
splayed shop window and C20 glazed door below a verandah supported on 2 early
C19 elaborately pierced cast iron brackets, with a cast iron railing of linked
circles; on the first floor one late C19 tripartite sash of 2-4-2 lights; in the
attic gable one C19 casement. No. 47 has one C20 casement on the ground floor,
2 on the first floor, and 2 C19 casements in gabled dormers; at left end, C20
door with canopy on brackets; at right end, C18/19 wide plain door to passage
through. The left elevation of the left rear wing has some exposed framing,
with curved braces trenched outside the studding. The hall has jowled posts,
chamfered with step stops, and 2 cambered tiebeams, one curved brace remaining
to the open truss at the right end; earlier there was a third bay to the right,
containing a cross-entry, and a service bay beyond. Straight arcade braces of
square section interconnect, one terminating on the other (as at Bacons End
Cottages, Great Canfield, item 3/6). Crownpost roof, the rafters and collars
almost complete and heavily smoke-blackened, but the central crownpost and most
of the collar-purlin missing. Pegs still in the collars formerly secured them
to the collar-purlin, an early feature. At the left end of the rear aisle one
aisle tie remains, grooved for wattle and daub, with a straight brace with an
open notched lap joint to it. At the right end the aisled construction is
visible externally from the rear of no. 49. Mid-C16 inserted floor comprising
an axial beam and 2 bridging beams to it, and joists of horizontal section
arranged transversely, all chamfered with step stops. At the right end an
C18/19 brick wall divides off part of the ground floor to form a foot access to
the rear. Early C17 attic floor with chamfered axial beams with lamb's tongue
and notch stops, connecting with tiebeams. The crosswing is a later
construction on the site of the former parlour/solar bay, probably C16, but
almost wholly lined with modern materials. Formerly The Bull Inn, from 1731,
and earlier known as Cocke-atte-Hilles (G.F. Beaumont, A History of Coggeshall
in Essex, 1890, 237, and Essex Record Office, B.2981). RCHM 13.

Listing NGR: TL8515922761

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Source: English Heritage

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