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Description: Rolls Farmhouse
Date Listed: 22 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 118116
OS Grid Reference: TL4998407948
OS Grid Coordinates: 549984, 207948
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7502, 0.1713
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TL 500 079 MAGDALEN LAVER
5/24 Rolls Farmhouse
22.2.52 (formerly listed as Rolls)
House, mainly C17, incorporating C15 crosswing, altered in C18, C19 and C20.
Timber framed, roughcast rendered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. 2-bay
hall block aligned approx. N-S, aspect W, with internal chimney stack, early
C17. C15 crosswing at S end, originally jettied to the front, now underbuilt.
3-bay crosswing to the N, with central chimney stack, C17. Extension of one
bay beyond S crosswing, C17, with external chimney stack at end. Long single-
storey lean-to extension on rear wall, C20. 2 storeys with attic. W elevation,
ground floor, 2 double hung sash windows, one of 12 lights, one of 9 lights,
early C19, french window and bay of double-hung sash windows, C20. Long canopy,
C20. First floor, one double-hung sash window of 20 lights, 3 of 15 lights,
early C19. Chimney stack in N crosswing has 6 grouped octagonal shafts, axial
stack has 4 grouped diagonal shafts, S stack plain, all cement rendered. Some
framing exposed internally. Jowled posts throughout. In S crosswing, joists of
horizontal section, unchamfered, exhibiting pressure marks of former jetty, arch
braces to central tiebeam, crownpost roof. Central crownpost is plain with one
arch brace to collar-purlin, other missing, no side braces. Some evidence of
twin dors on N side, indicating that originally this was the service crosswing
of a medieval hall to the N. This has been completely replaced by the 2-storey
hall range, with the chimney stack at the junction, against the front wall.
Straight bracing trenched inside studs. Roof originally of queen strut
construction, later rebuilt. There are no studs in the N frame, indicating that
a N crosswing was present when the N-S range was built, although the present N
crosswing is not contemporary. It has plain chamfered beams with lamb's tongue
stops, and a butt-purlin roof. The S extension has a clasped purlin roof. In
the C18 a timber parapet was added at the front of the house, with wooden
guttering. One length of this survives, 3 boards nailed to form a trough,
probably lined with lead originally. Later the front pitch of the roof was
raised, using the top of the parapet as the new eaves level, so that the front
pitch is less steep than the rear pitch. There is an early C17 stair in the N
part of the house, the first floor flight original, the ground floor flight a
C20 reproduction. It has a wide moulded handrail, closed string, square post
with squared knob at the head, one heavy turned baluster to each tread and flat
balusters at the attic floor. In the rear elevation there are 4 C17/18 casement
windows with hardwood frames and leaded glass. 2 of them have the original
wrought iron casements on pintle hinges, 2 have replacement casements in wood.
Listing NGR: TL4998407948
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