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Description: Highfields Farmhouse
Date Listed: 2 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 116243
OS Grid Reference: TL8428122627
OS Grid Coordinates: 584281, 222627
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8718, 0.6755
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TL 8422-8522 COGGESHALL WEST STREET
9/213 Highfields Farmhouse
Shown on OS map as nos. 96 and 98, West Street. House. Circa 1600, altered in
C18 and C19, seriously damaged by fire c.1977 and restored. Timber framed,
plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles, and rear wing of painted brick
roofed with slate. Main range facing SE, with adjacent rear wings at left and
centre. C19 external stack to rear of right end. Single-storey extension with
flat roof to right and rear right, connecting with an early to mid C19 house to
rear with 2 internal stacks (no. 98 on OS map). C19 single-storey extension
beyond with hipped slate roof, now garages. 2 storeys. 2 full-height splayed
bays each with 3 C20 sashes of 12 lights at each end floor, and 2 similar sashes
on the ground floor. Over central door 3 adjacent sashes, the middle one with a
semi-circular head, the outer ones with ogee heads. 6-panel door, fielded, C18
doorcase with C20 rusticated jambs, pulvinated frieze, dentilled and moulded
flat canopy with lead tented roof; 2 moulded limestone steps. Plain parapet.
The right return has on the ground floor 2 casements with 2-centred arches and
Y-tracery, and on the first floor one sash and one casement, both with 2-centred
heads and Gothick tracery. The brick house to the rear right, facing NE, has a
3-window range of sashes of 16 lights with segmental arches, and another on the
first floor of the left return (SE elevation). Corner pilasters, fully hipped
roof. It is clear from the descriptions in RCHM iS and the Provisional List of
April 1960 that since the fire the height of the main range has been reduced by
one storey, and windows have been re-arranged and replicated. The RCHM reported
that the house was built c.1600, but this frame cannot now be identified. The
C18 dogleg stair with moulded handrail, 3 turned balusters to each tread,
scrolled tread-ends and panelled dado survived the fire and has been restored.
Re-used C18 pine panelling has been installed in the large entrance-hall,
reported to be from Tate and Lyle, Marks Lane, City of London. Other introduced
features. The fire damage did not extend to the rear wing.
Listing NGR: TL8427122620
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Source: English Heritage
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