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Description: 52 and 54, Church Street
Date Listed: 31 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 116098
OS Grid Reference: TL8519922763
OS Grid Coordinates: 585199, 222763
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8727, 0.6888
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TL 8422-8522 COGGESHALL CHURCH STREET
9/66 Nos. 52 and 54
31.10.66 (formerly listed as
No. 52 (Oakdene) and
No. 54 (Dorrit))
House, now 2 houses. 1565, altered in late C19. Timber framed, plastered with
some exposed framing, with late C19 facade of red and gault brick in Flemish
bond, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. Main range facing NW with 2 axial
stacks, and rear wing with one internal stack, forming a T-plan. 2 storeys.
3-window range of late C19 sashes with marginal lights and segmental arches of
gault brick. No. 52, C19 3-panel door, and no. 54, C20 6-panel door, both with
plain overlights and similar arches. 7 flush bands and diaper and cross
patterns of gault bricks; dentilled eaves cornice of gault bricks; the remainder
of the facade is of red brick. Late C19 carved wooden fascia in C16 style, with
grotesque heads, birds and scrolls, initials TC (identified as Thomas Clerke,
recorded in 1567 (J.S. Gardner (ed.), Coggeshall, Essex, 1951, 35), and ANO DNI
1565, probably an accurate copy of a decayed original. The right elevation of
the rear wing has a partly underbuilt jetty with roll-moulded bressumer,
evidence of a former oriel above, and 2 original flank windows. In rear
elevation, 2 early C19 sashes of 12 lights, on first floor. The main range has
an underbuilt jetty, roll-moulded transverse and axial beams with lamb's tongue
stops, joists plastered to the soffits. Exposed studding. At the left end of
no. 52 is a blocked doorway with carved and moulded Tudor doorhead, into what
was formerly the parlour from the originally storeyed hall and above it a
similar doorway into the former solar, with hollow-chamfered Tudor head. To
rear of it is a similar doorway into the rear wing. At right end, wide wood-
burning hearth, the mantel beam having a double-ogee moulding turning down at
the ends, possibly used earlier in a timber-framed chimney; blocked fireplace on
first floor, apparently with a brick depressed arch, c.1600. In front of it an
original closet complete with plain Tudor head and door of 4 moulded wedge-
shaped planks on original strap hinges, a rare feature meriting special care.
Jowled posts. Original ceiling with 2 roll-moulded bridging beams in each bay,
and plain joists of vertical section. On first floor, re-sited C16 linenfold
oak panelling and plain panelling of c.1600. Original floorboards. Storey
heights of approximately 3 metres and 2.50 metres. Original clasped purlin roof
with arched wind-bracing. At the right end the only studding is above the
collar. This house abuts on an earlier house to the right (item 9/19, q.v.),
and therefore requires no studding except where the upper gables are out of
alignment. The left stack is C19. Apart from the altered front elevation this
house retains an exceptionally complete structure, all of one build. The
combination of the late medieval features (roll mouldings and Tudor doorheads)
and the Renaissance lamb's tongue stops confirms the carved date on the fascia.
At the right end part of the ground floor is combined with No. 1 Albert Place,
(item 9/19, q.v.). RCHM 31.
Listing NGR: TL8520422758
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