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Description: Rufus Leo
Date Listed: 6 September 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 116310
OS Grid Reference: TL7999624739
OS Grid Coordinates: 579996, 224739
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8921, 0.6144
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TL 7924 and 8024 STISTED THE STREET
7/291 and 8/291 Rufus Leo
House. Late C14 and mid-C16, altered in early C19 and C20. Timber framed,
plastered with some painted brick, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. Late
C14 3-bay crosswing of a former hall house extending to rear. To right,
separated structurally from it by approximately 0.70 metre, 2 bays of an
originally 3-bay mid-C16 main range facing W, with late C16 stack to right of
middle against front wall. Extension to rear of crosswing, and catslide
extension to rear of main range. 2 storeys. Ground floor, 2 early C19 sashes
of 16 lights. First floor, one similar sash, and 2 of 4 + 8 lights. In
crosswing, C20 door with C20 tiled canopy on brackets. At right end of main
range, set back within thickness of wall below jetty, original doorway with
Tudor head. Inscribed date 'Circa 1425' in oval surround in modern plaster.
Wrought iron bracket of former inn sign. The former service bay at the right
end has been demolished, but at a slight splay, and the lower storey closed with
painted brick. The crosswing has heavy plain joists of horizontal section,
arranged longitudinally in the front bay for an underbuilt jetty, transversely
in the other bays. Jowled posts. Heavy studding with external bracing.
Studding mainly removed from rear wall. Wattle and daub infill in both side
walls (2 panels exposed, with different surface patterns). On the first floor,
groove for sliding shutter at front, one complete unglazed window with 3 diamond
mullions and groove for sliding shutter on each side of rear bay. Rear tiebeam
chamfered with step stops; tiebeam between middle and front bays missing;
mortices for deep arched braces to it. In each wallplate is a scarf of rare
type, face-splayed with inclined abutments, and 3 edge-pegs visible. Crownpost
roof. The main range has a full-length underbuilt jetty, still present in the
thickness of the wall of the right bay. Jowled posts. Rear studding largely
removed. Diamond mortices of former unglazed window in rear wallplate, shutter
rebate for another in front wallplate. Chamfered binding beam with step stops,
similar axial beam in left bay, plain joists of horizontal section jointed to it
with soffit tenons with diminished haunches. Large wood-burning hearth in right
bay, facing to left, mainly rebuilt in C20 from late C16 original, on site of
earlier timber-framed chimney. Crownpost roof. The central crownpost is
chamfered with step stops on the left, but plain on the right where it formerly
backed on to the timber chimney. The cross-entry to rear of the stack remains
open, with its original front doorway and Tudor head (wrongly described as
re-used and 4-centred in RCHM 10). The service bay was probably removed in C19
estate improvements, as it lay in front of the left end of no. 29, to the right
(item 7/292 and 8/292, q.v.). This house was The Red Lion Inn until c.1970.
Listing NGR: TL7999624739
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Source: English Heritage
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