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Torrells Hall, Willingale

Description: Torrells Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 August 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 118501

OS Grid Reference: TL6007808275
OS Grid Coordinates: 560078, 208275
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7503, 0.3176

Location: Willingale, Essex CM5 0SP

Locality: Willingale
Local Authority: Epping Forest District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM5 0SP

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There is also a scheduled monument, Moated Site 100m South West of Torrell's Hall, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

(North side),
6/31 Torrells Hall


House, late C16th, C18 and c.1800. A very complex building with numerous
alterations and extensions. Part red brick, part gault brick with roofs of
peg tile and slate. The southern, front block is an addition of c.1800 by John
Johnson, County Surveyor (1732-1814) in gault brick with a parapetted, low
pitched slate roof with red ridge tiles. Of two storeys with stone
cornice/parapet and stone band at first floor cill level. The first floor has
three tripartite sash windows with segmental heads and square panes, the centre
window having dummy side lights. The ground floor has 2 similar windows and
a central, projecting, fluted doric porch and original 6 panel door and semi-
circular fanlight. This block was added to the earlier house to the rear
which is substantially of red brickwork and mostly English bond with a variety
of peg tile roofs. To the north-east corner is a two storey block with attics,
with parapetted gable, facing north with moulded brick corbelled shoulders and a
truncated gable finial. The eaves have 3 courses of diagonal brick cornicing
and a massive stack with rounded off-setts abuts its east flank. The north
facing windows are later, double hung sash windows and casements partly within
earlier openings. A two storey block to the S of this has mid C18 diapered
red and grey refacing on its east side with a simple entrance door and a variety
of contemporary double hung sashes with small panes. Two single storey gabled
blocks project out from this face enclosing a small court. To the north of
the main block is a late C17 lean-to extension, now with a slate roof and a
further peg tile and brick lean-to completes the north-west corner. This has
a gabled two light dormer and 3 segmental arched hooded opening, one blocked,
one with a three light casement and one with a repositioned door surround.
This is of the late C16 with moulded cornice and Ionic pilasters with strapwork
and latticed rustication. The interior of the front block shows barrel coved
entrance passage, reeded architraves and cornices, atypical staircase with
straight rod balusters and a pair of 'palmyra' columns defining a dining room
recess. Leaded light window in west flank wall has fragments of old heraldic
glass. The C16 block contains a remarkable complete open well staircase, with
square newells with ogee finials, arcaded inner balustrading and turned,
symmetrical balusters. Adjoining the base of this the remains of a tall
'screen' with giant fluted pilasters on pedestals and an abundance of fret and
strapwork detail. Evidence for heavily framed structure and roof with double
side purlins with wind bracing. Most original fireplace openings now
blocked but a small arch headed and chamfered fireplace remains in a small first
floor room. A number of C16/C17 plank doors survive and some areas of C17
panelling. (RCHM 11).

Listing NGR: TL6007808275

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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