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Chigwell Grammar School, Chigwell

Description: Chigwell Grammar School

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 June 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 118584

OS Grid Reference: TQ4415093863
OS Grid Coordinates: 544150, 193863
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6251, 0.0811

Location: High Road, Loughton, Essex IG7 6DP

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

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Listing Text

4/16 chigwell grammer
28.6.54 School[formerly listed
as The grammer school] iI*

School, c.1620, extended in C18 and C19. Red brick, English bond, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. The original block is aligned NE-SW, aspect SE, and
comprised the English School at the SW end, the Latin'School, and the Latin
Master's house at the'NE end. 3 external chimney stacks on rear wall and one
internal stack in front pitch of roof in Latin Master's house. Crosswing to
NE with chimney stack at SE end, C18, and 2 parallel ranges to NE, C19. Rear
wing at SW end, C19. Porch, C19. 2 storeys with attics. SE elevation, C19
porch of red brick with stone quoins and stone doorway with 4-centred head and
crest dated 1629, blocking and partly covering the original twin doorways into
the English and Latin schools, the brick Tudor arches partly visible. 3 large
windows of 12 lights, mullioned and transomed, inaccurate reproductions of the
original C17 windows. 2 tripartite double-hung sash windows of 4-15-4 lights
in Venetian groups, C18. First floor, 2 windows of 4 lights with splayed
mullions and surrounds of plastered brick, original, each of 2 fixed lights,
and 2 wrought iron casements with rectangular leading. Small blocked aperture
between them. Parapet with stone coping. 3 flat-roofed dormers with C20
casement windows. The brickwork contains some blue flared headers in random
arrangement, and is repaired in places. The rear chimney stacks are
substantially original to eaves height, upper parts rebuilt. All the ilw and
SW windows.are C19/20 reproductions except one, blocked, visible above the C19
extension at the SW end, with ovolo-moulded brick mullions. SW elevation of
SE wing, plum brick, Flemish bond. 6-panel door in doorcase of 2 engaged Doric
columns with dentilled open pediment, fanlight with curved geometrical tracery,
2 stone steps with moulded nosings and wrought iron shoescraper. 2 double-hung
sash windows on ground floor, 3 on first floor, each of 12 lights, with flat
arches of gauged red brick, C18. In the English School, now converted to a
library, 2 tiebeams with shallow arched braces, moulded pendants, queen posts
shaped like flat balusters. Hearth re-bricked inside. Of the other rear
hearths, one is blocked, the other now forms a seat recess. The school is well
illustrated before the C19 alterations in an exterior drawing by J.C. Buckler,
c.1820, and an exterior and interior by F.W. Fairholt, c.1850 (Stott, plates
13, 14, 15). Stott (p.26) argues convincingly that although the foundation
deed is dated 1629, the school was built soon after Archbishop Harsnett
purchased the site in 1619, and in operation by 1623. Sufficient of the
original structure and detail remains to be a valuable record of architectural
features of that period. RCHM 6.

Listing NGR: TQ4415093863

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Source: English Heritage

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