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Parsonage Farmhouse, Matching

Description: Parsonage Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 April 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 118192

OS Grid Reference: TL5173812484
OS Grid Coordinates: 551738, 212484
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7904, 0.1987

Location: Harlow Road, Matching, Essex CM17 0QX

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

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Listing Text

Parsonage Farmhouse


Lobby-entrance house, early C17, extended in C18/19. Timber framed, plastered,
roofed partly with handmade red clay tiles, partly with machine-made red clay
tiles. 4 bays aligned NE-SW, with original chimney stack and lobby-entrance in
second bay from the SW. Kitchen/bakehouse to rear of NE end with internal
chimney stack at NW gable, C18/19. Lean-to porch to E in angle between main
block and extension, and a rear lean-to porch to W in the other angle. 2
storeys. SE elevation pargetted with combed designs and concentric circles in
panels. Door and 3 casement windows, 4 on the first floor, all C20. Roof half-
hipped at both ends. Date 1595 in C20 pargetting at NE end. Jowled wallposts,
straight tiebeams, primary straight bracing, heavy studding with much re-used
timber, clasped purlin roof. Stop-chamfered axial beams over SW and middle
lower rooms. Common Joists chamfered and stopped over SW lower room,
unchamfered over middle lower rooms, all of vertical section. Over the NE lower
room the joists are arranged longitudinally, unchamfered, of horizontal section,
lodged at both ends, with original stair trap in NE corner. The Walker map of
1609 (Essex Record Office D/DU 25) shows 2 single-storey houses on this site,
and (despite the pargetted date) the present house is not an adaptation of
either of them, being built in 2 storeys from the outset, although it is likely
that it incorporates re-used timber from the earlier buildings. The arrangement
of floor joists is of particular historical interest, showing that even after
1609 plain joists of horizontal section were acceptable in a parsonage house at
the service end, while elsewhere the more socially advanced vertical section was
used, probably lathed and plastered to the soffits in the 'hall', exposed and
stop-chamfered in the parlour. On the roof the mixture of old handmade tiles
and C20 machine-made tiles, both kinds used on both pitches, is out of
historical character. On the SE (front) pitch the lower half is of old tiles,
the upper half of new tiles. on the NW (rear) pitch the NE third is of old
tiles, the remainder of new tiles. There are old tiles on the kitchen/bakehouse
extension. Re-arrangement of the tiles, and preferably roofing entirely with
handmade red clay tiles, is recommended.

Listing NGR: TL5173812484

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Source: English Heritage

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