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Brownings Farmhouse, Chigwell

Description: Brownings Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 June 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 118553

OS Grid Reference: TQ4630594318
OS Grid Coordinates: 546305, 194318
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6287, 0.1124

Location: Gravel Lane, Loughton, Essex IG7 6DQ

Locality: Chigwell
Local Authority: Epping Forest District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: IG7 6DQ

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Listing Text

5/2 Brownings
28.6. 54 Farmhouse

House, late medieval and later, extended c.1800. Timber framed, plastered,
roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Aligned approx. NE-SW, late medieval
service crosswing to NE, central section largely rebuilt in C16, SW crosswing
of undetermined date. Central chimney stack, external chimney stacks on NE
and SW walls. Small lean-to extensions on NE and SW walls. To the NW of the
SW crosswing a large extension, c.1800, with double gables to NW and SE, and
NE chimney, the SW side forming the present entrance elevation. The SE
elevation, towards Gravel Lane, exhibits 3 gable ends of which the middle is
the largest, 2 storeys with attic, 2 storeys elsewhere. Each side wing has
a late C19 bay of 2 storeys with tiled hipped roof and double-hung sash windows
of 2-4-2 lights. The middle section has a casement window on each floor. The
main door, at the S corner of the NW wing, is of 6 flush panels with rectangular
light over, with fan and garland tracery of wood, and inside, a wrought iron
grill with radiating spikes. This is set in a recessed porch with shallow hood
on consoles. There is a large stone step with wrought iron shoescraper each
side. All the windows of this wing are double-hung sash windows of 12 lights,
c.1800, with many panes of crown glass. The SW lean-to extension has one C17
wrought iron casement, with later alterations in wood. The NE crosswing, the
earliest part of the present building, is lower than the remainder, with a
queen post roof, and edge-halved and bridled scarfs in the wallplates. The
ground floor was originally divided into 2 service rooms, partition now removed,
but the post rebated for twin service doors is visible. The medieval cross-
entry at the NE end of the central section is still present, with an ancient
door of exceptional width at the rear end, the front end blocked to form a
cupboard. It is not clear how much of the structure of the medieval hall
remains; this section has been rebuilt with clasped purlin roof on a NW-SE
alignment, an unusual treatment. The floor has a plain-chamfered beam with step
stops also aligned NW-SE, and exposed joists of square section, unchamfered,
C16. Little dating evidence is visible in the SW wing, but it may be cl?. The
NW wing has a plain stair, and on the first floor a fireplace of Adam-derived
style and a corner cupboard, c.1800. A report in the possession of the owner by
C. Johnson, Epping Rural District Council, 1970, records the documentary history
of Brownings Farm with all its occupiers since 1468.

Listing NGR: TQ4630594318

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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