Description: 18 and 20, Stoneham Street
Date Listed: 31 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 116226
OS Grid Reference: TL8499822695
OS Grid Coordinates: 584998, 222695
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8721, 0.6859
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TL 8422-8522 COGGESHALL STONEHAM STREET
9/195 Nos. 18 and 20
Building of uncertain purpose, possibly a public building, now a house. C14 or
early C15, altered in C19. Timber framed, plastered and weatherboarded, with
some red brick in English bond, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. 4 bays
with gable end to street, C19 internal stack at left front bay, C18 axial stack
in third bay; range of C19 ancillary buildings to rear. 2 storeys and cellar.
Ground floor, one C18 oriel of 5-20-5 lights on one twisted wrought iron stay,
below end jetty on 2 plain brackets. First floor, one early C19 sash of 16
lights. Front elevation plastered, long right elevation weatherboarded, with
C19 and C20 casements, 2 half-glazed doors, and one 4-panel door; the middle and
rear doors have simple canopies on profiled brackets. Diamond mortices below
jetty. The ground floor was originally partitioned between the second and third
bays, and the third and fourth, the latter studding now missing. Chamfered
binding beams with step stops; plain joists of horizontal section jointed to
them with unrefined central tenons. The joists in the rear 2 bays are
straighter and of higher quality than those in the front bays. Blocked stair
trap at right of third bay, immediately adjacent to blocked large doorway, 1.37
metres wide, rising through 1 1/2 storeys, with (incomplete) cambered head with one
of 2 arched braces below. Early C19 plain straight stair with stick balusters.
On the first floor the only original partition is between the third and fourth
bays; arched braces in the open trusses. Some indications of a former oriel at
the front. Paired display braces trenched outside studding in front gable.
Blocked first-floor windows at each side near front, one blocked by the
construction of no. 22, to the north, and retaining its 2 diamond mullions
(exposed in no. 22, item 9/196, q.v.). Large blocked aperture in left wall of
second bay, possibly a window. Original wattle and daub infill in left wall of
third bay. Crownpost roof, not smoke-blackened. The lower part of the rear
wall, originally studded, is infilled with C16 bricks in English bond. The
cellar below the front bay is an C18 or early C19 construction, using
contemporary bricks in the rear cross-wall and re-used earlier bricks elsewhere.
No evidence or any heating earlier than the C18 stack. The original use of this
building is problematical, but it may have been a court hall, or connected with
trade. It is sited at the N end of the market. RCHM 40.
Listing NGR: TL8499822695
Source: English Heritage
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