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Chambers Dormers Gables, Kelvedon

Description: Chambers Dormers Gables

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 116520

OS Grid Reference: TL8639619103
OS Grid Coordinates: 586396, 219103
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8394, 0.7042

Location: High Street, Kelvedon, Essex CO5 9JD

Locality: Kelvedon
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO5 9JD

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Listing Text

TL 8619-8719 (south-east side)

8/215 Nos. 156 (Chambers),
2.5.53 158 (Dormers) and
160 (Gables)


House, now 3 cottages. C14, altered in C17, c19 and C20. Timber framed,
plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. 2-bay hall range facing NW
with central stack; 3-bay parlour/solar crosswing to left with C19 stack in
middle bay; C14/15 2-bay extension to rear of it, jettied to right; 3-bay
service crosswing to right with C16/17 stack to rear, C18 single-storey
extension beyond with external stack to left, and small C19 extensions at end;
C16/17 one-bay extension to right of front bay of crosswing, with C16/17 stack
at the junction; catslide extension to rear of left bay of hall range, and C20
flat-roofed single-storey extension to rear of right bay. Crosswings and their
extensions of 2 storeys, hall range of one storey with attics. The left
crosswing and its extension now comprise no. 160 (Gables), the hall range and
its rear extensions no. 158 (Gables), and the right crosswing and its extensions
no. 156 (chambers). No. 160 (Gables) is jettied to the street, with a C20 bow
window and 2 C20 brackets below, and a C19 casement above; door in left return.
No. 158 (Dormers) has one early C19 sash of 10 + 10 lights, and one early c19
splayed bay of sashes of 12 lights, and 2 C19 casements in gabled dormers; C20
door. No. 156 (Chambers) has an underbuilt jetty, a C19 splayed bay of sashes
of 12 lights, and on the first floor an early C19 sash of 16 lights; 6-panel
door, the top 2 panels glazed, with moulded architrave. The left return of no.
160 has on the ground floor 2 C19 horizontal sashes of 8 + 12 lights with
handmade glass; there are 2 C19 horizontal sashes of 6 + 6 lights in the right
elevation of its rear extension. The left crosswing has mortices for moulded
mullions and a groove for sliding shutters in the jetty plate; one brace 0.18
metre thick to the binding beam, the other missing; braces 0.11 and 0.14 metre
thick to the cambered tiebeams; jowled posts; splayed and undersquinted scarfs
in both wallplates; and a blocked stair trap at the right side of the middle
bay. In the right wall is a blocked doorway to the hall, 1.30 metres wide and
with one-half of a 2-centred doorhead; visible in no. 158 it has display bracing
of curved W form, and mortices for a former dais, a rare feature. In the rear
wall is an original doorway and curved display bracing trenched outside the
studs. Original crownpost roof of steep pitch with axial braces 0.09 metre
wide, and wattle and daub infill in both gables. The rear extension is a
separate structure, with open trusses at the front and in the middle; all 4
braces to the binding beams, 0.09 metre wide; chamfered joists of horizontal
section with plain stops, arranged transversely for the jetty; 3 of 4 similar
braces to the tiebeams; the heavy sill of a former oriel window on the right,
above the jetty; and a complete crownpost roof, similar to that of the crosswing
but of normal tile pitch. The hall range has been substantially rebuilt in the
C17. The front wall is on the line of the original front wall of the hall, and
may incorporate C14 framing, but the rear wall has been rebuilt inside the line
of the original wall, cutting the blocked doorway into the left (parlour)
crosswing. Wood-burning hearth facing to left, the chamfered mantel beam
original, the brickwork of the jambs rebuilt. C20 grate facing to right. The
roof is composed of smoke-blackened medieval rafters pegged at the apices with
unsooted pegs. The right crosswing has a jetty plate rebated for internal
shutters, and in the left wall one of a former pair of service doorways,
blocked, 1.14 metres wide, 1.78 metres high, with a double ogee doorhead
chamfered on the hall side. The doorpost between is rebated for 2 doors. Braces
0.14 metre wide to the tiebeams. Frame mainly plastered over. No access to
roof, but probably similar to that of the left crosswing. In rear part of
crosswing, early C17 inserted floor, with chamfered beam with lamb's tongue
stops and plain joists of vertical section. The rear stack has a wide
wood-burning hearth reduced for a C20 grate. The right stack has a wide
wood-burning hearth facing to left, converted to form a C20 grate with recessed
cupboards with arched heads to each side. The right extension has plain joists
of horizontal section arranged longitudinally. RCHM 23.

Listing NGR: TL8639619103

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Source: English Heritage

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