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The Anchor Inn and Building Attached to Right, Benfleet

Description: The Anchor Inn and Building Attached to Right

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 22 July 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 116828

OS Grid Reference: TQ7788286100
OS Grid Coordinates: 577882, 186100
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5458, 0.5640

Location: Essex Way, Benfleet SS7 1LS

Locality: Benfleet
Local Authority: Castle Point Borough Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: SS7 1LS

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Listing Text

In the entry for the following:

TQ 78 NE
1/10 The Anchor Inn and
building attached to right

the grade shall be upgraded to Grade II*

and the description shall be amended to read:

Public building, now public house. Late C14 with C17 range added to rear and
early C18 outbuilding to right; refronted in late C19. Render over timber
frame, formerly jettied on west, north and south sides; late C19 brick cladding
to ground floor of front (south) range; hipped and double-gabled old plain tile
roof with right-end stack having stone base with late C16 brick shaft and flue
and internal stack (to left) finished in C19 brick. Late C14 building of 2
storeys with central staircase, truncated at east end; C17 parallel range to
rear. South front of 2-storey, 5-window range. Two C20 half-glazed doors, late
C19 transomed 2 and 5-light windows and two late C19 bay windows with similar
windows; late C19 brackets to coved jetty, which has late C14 brattished
cornice; transomed 2-light windows to first floor; formerly jettied left gable
wall underpinned by late C19 brick, Late C19 and C20 casements to 2-storey rear
(north) range. Outbuilding attached to right, with C20 plain tile roof, of one
storey and attic with mid/late C19 sash and 2 catslide dormers. INTERIOR: late
C14 building formerly jettied on 3 sides with dragon beam to west bay and arch
bracing to every bay (some arch braces remain); exposed close studding with wall
bracing to ground and first floors; plain and stop-chamfered ground-floor beams
indicating that ground floor was divided into four chambers with arched carriage
entry and adjoining stairwell and cross-passage in second bay from right (east);
plain 3-light diamond-mullioned window to east; chamber to east (right) had
fireplace and was probably a kitchen, and the rest of the ground floor probably
had a storage/commercial use. First floor composed of two large chambers each
side of central access stair with smaller chamber to west end: remains of 2
moulded wood-mullioned windows with cusped heads and 'shouldered' cills;
formerly open to 6-bay cross-quadrate crown-post roof with soulace pieces to
arch bracing; each open truss had wide arch braces (some remain) with soffit
chamfering and engaged shafts to storey posts; tie beams and arch braces retain
extensive remnants of late C16 wall painting with coloured heraldic shields and
black-painted arabesques and guilloches, which form part of late C16 alterations
when stairwell filled in and first-floor partitions moved or repositioned. Mid
C18 dog-leg staircase with turned balusters to rear left: first-floor room to
left (west) has mid C18 panelled dado and dentilled cornice; mid C18 plank and
panelled doors. Unusual plan form and use of ground first-floor chambers indi-
cates probable original use as Guild Hall, Court Hall or similar late medieval
public building: manor belonged to Westminster Abbey. Alternatively, Morant,
the 18th century historian, indicates the presence of a College of Canons in the
parish, which may explain its proximity to the church.


TQ 78 NE
1/10 The Anchor Inn and
building attached to


Public house. C16 origin with later alterations and additions. Timber framed.
Red brick faced ground floor, plaster with batten decoration to jettied first
floor, curved jetty brackets. Red plain tile double range roof, hipped to left.
2 gault and red brick chimney stacks visible from Essex Way. Moulded eaves
cornice. 2 storeys. 5 C20 2 light casements with transoms and fanlights to
first floor. 3 angled bays and 2 other windows to ground floor of vari-light
casements. 3 C20 doors with top lights. To the right a one storey and attic
extension with 2 catslide dormers and a single vertically sliding sash window to
ground floor, entrance to left through right door of original building. RCHM

Listing NGR: TQ7788286100

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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