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Daubneys Farmhouse, Sheering

Description: Daubneys Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 April 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 118271

OS Grid Reference: TL5083614061
OS Grid Coordinates: 550836, 214061
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8048, 0.1863

Location: The Street, Sheering, Essex CM22 7NP

Locality: Sheering
Local Authority: Epping Forest District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM22 7NP

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Listing Text

3/2 Daubneys Farmhouse


House, mid-C16, extended in C19 and C20. Timber-framed, plastered, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. 4 bays aligned approx. NE-SW, of characteristic
medieval plan with service end and cross-entry at NE, parlour and solar at SW.
Internal chimney stack immediately NE of central tiebeam, against SE wall,
leaving cross-entry unobstructed. Additional axial chimney to NE of cross-
entry, arching over to join main stack at roof level, C19. Internal chimney
stack at SW end, C17/18. Tiled gabled wing to NW, probably built as a stair
tower, with single-storey lean-to extensions each side. 2 storeys. SE
elevation, glazed door and 3 metal casement windows, 4 more on first floor,
all C20. Hipped roof with gablet at each end. 2 diagonal shafts and one plain
shaft on main chimney stack. Some framing exposed internally. Close studding
with some brick infill. Jowled posts, straight tiebeams with arched braces.
Despite the medieval plan the house was built in 2 storeys from the outset,
the floor beams framed round a timber-framed chimney which is still partially
present, although bricked in in the early C17. The original mantel beam is
elaborately roll-moulded and embattled, with a later rack for 5 spits. There
is a Tudor doorhead at the rear (NW) end of the cross-entry, carved with a cross
and circles with intersecting arcs. There were twin doors opening into twin
service rooms NE of the cross-entry, now blocked by the C19 chimney stack, but
their positions marked by light mouldings above. The partition between the
service rooms has been removed, the empty mortices in the axial beam covered
by a plank. There were twin unglazed windows in the NE wall, their positions
occupied by C20 windows, the sills still present. At the SW end of the 'hall'
the original parlour door is still present, composed of radially cut wedge-
shaped planks rebated together on ledges, a rare survival, with a Tudor doorhead
similar to that already described. A strip of oak panelling, late C16, forming
the back of a fixed seat is still present, the seat removed. This too is a
rare survival. Axial beams plain-chamfered with step stops, joists plastered
to the soffits, many original rebated floorboards. On the first floor there
is a blocked unglazed window in the NW wall of the service end, and shutter
grooves for others replaced by C20 windows. All the present metal casements
occupy the positions of original windows and conform to the same dimensions.
Edge-halved and bridled scarf in NW wallplate. Original ceiling over first
floor, with axial beam and joists of square section plain-chamfered with step
stops, supported on clamps a little above wallplate level, an unusual feature.
No access to roof space. This is an exceptionally interesting building,
transitional in type between the true medieval hall house and the later 2-storey
forms, retaining an unusual number of original features. Parallels exist at
Colville Hall, White Roding, and the Pavilion of Felsted School, which last
has doorheads of similar profile. RCHM 7.

Listing NGR: TL5083614061

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Source: English Heritage

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