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Ployters Farmhouse, Matching

Description: Ployters Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 September 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 118190

OS Grid Reference: TL5154111170
OS Grid Coordinates: 551541, 211170
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7787, 0.1953

Location: Harlow Road, Matching, Essex CM17 0QS

Locality: Matching
Local Authority: Epping Forest District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM17 0QS

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Listing Text

Ployters Farmhouse

Farmhouse, C16, altered in C17 and C19, extended 1977. Timber framed,
plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Aligned NW-SE, aspect NE, with
storeyed service end at the SE, twin rooms on the ground floor and a single room
over. 2-bay parlour/solar crosswing at the NW. Storeyed hall block between with
axial chimney stack at the SE end facing NW, forming a 'low end' lobby-entrance.
Internal chimney stack in crosswing, C19. Extension to S, 1977. 2 storeys.
Door and 3 casement windows, all C20, and 3 similar windows above. Gablet roof
at each end. Framing partly exposed internally. Jowled wallposts, curved
tension bracing trenched to the inside of the studs. The service end and hall
block were originally of one storey with attics, the upper rooms lit by unglazed
windows at floor level. The walls were raised by approx. 1 metre in the late
C17 and the roof rebuilt in its present form, butt-purlin construction, on the
same alignment as the original roof over the SE and middle sections, but at
right-angles to the original roof of the crosswing. The SE service end and the
hall block are structurally distinct, indicating a building programme of phased
renewal. There is some evidence that the hall block originally had a timber
framed chimney at the SE end, replaced in the late C16 by the present brick
chimney stack. The NW crosswing was built in the mid-C16 with a cranked central
tiebeam and arched braces to it, still in situ, crownpost roof now replaced.
Rafter seatings for the original NE-SW roof are visible on the wallplates.
There is an unglazed window in the upper SW wall, with 2 of the 3 original
diamond mullions still present, and mortices for another in the NW wall. There
has been much reconstruction in brick in the lower SW wall. The house was
divided into cottages in the early C19, with insertion of stairs, partitions and
NW chimney, and was re-combined to form one house in the C20, with removal of
some of these features. An unusual feature of exceptional interest is that the
rebates for the twin doors to the service rooms, pantry and dairy, are cut to a
height of only 1.27 metres, indicating that they were for half-doors, high
enough to exclude children and dogs, but open above, perhaps to facilitate

Listing NGR: TL5154111170

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Source: English Heritage

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