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Description: The Old Bridge House
Date Listed: 21 December 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 116567
OS Grid Reference: TL8657419125
OS Grid Coordinates: 586574, 219125
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8396, 0.7068
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KELVEDON SWAN STREET
TL 8619-8719 (south side)
8/269 The Old Bridge House
21.12.67 (formerly listed as Old
Wrongly shown on OS map as part of no. 3. House. C17, altered in C18 and C20.
Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. 2 bays facing
NE, with a stack at the rear of each bay. 2-bay wing to rear of right bay, and
C20 single-storey extension beyond. C17 stair tower to rear of left bay. 2
storeys and attics. C18 2-storey splayed bay with sashes of 12-16-12 lights on
ground floor, 12-12-12 lights on first floor, and C20 casements on each floor.
Attic floor, 2 casements in the style of C18 round-headed sashes; C20 feature
gables. Lead rainwater head with embossed foliage. C20 door with gabled canopy
on brackets in right return. Chamfered axial beams with lamb's tongue stops,
plain joists of vertical section in right bay, mainly of horizontal section in
left bay. Right ground-floor hearth much altered, the original mantel beam
raised over a C20 brick arch. Left ground-floor hearth wholly rebricked,
retaining the original chamfered mantel beam with lamb's tongue stops. C18
2-panel pine door behind left bay, c17/L8 plain battened door behind right bay.
On the first floor the right front room has a dado of C18 pine panelling; the
Left front room has an early C19 entrance lobby with semi-elliptical arch and
fluted pilasters. The stair tower has a late C17 open well stair from ground to
attic, with moulded closed strings, wide moulded handrails and turned balusters,
a feature of high quality, meriting special care. In upper room of rear wing,
early C19 cast iron ducknest grate. The roof of the main range is of clasped
purlin construction, with some re-used smoke-blackened rafters from a medieval
roof. A photograph of this building c.1865, then The Swan Inn, is reproduced in
B.L. Kentish, Kelvedon and its Antiquities, 1974, plate 7, showing that at that
date it had a plastered parapet at front and side, a hipped roof, and an
external stack on the right return.
Listing NGR: TL8657419125
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Source: English Heritage
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