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Tiptree Priory, Great Braxted

Description: Tiptree Priory

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 May 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 118911

OS Grid Reference: TL8754214571
OS Grid Coordinates: 587542, 214571
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7983, 0.7184

Location: Braxted Park Road, Great Braxted, Essex CM8 3EN

Locality: Great Braxted
Local Authority: Maldon District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM8 3EN

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Listing Text


4/67 (16/405) Tiptree Priory (formerly
listed in Tiptree Parish
Lexden & Winstree


C12 Priory wall fragment. House. Circa 1570 with circa 1600 rear stair turret
and later alterations and additions to rear. Red brick with some plaster
dressings. Red plain tiled roof with projecting eaves. 2 storeys and attic. A
tall, narrow building, the remaining half of a longer range, which may have had
end crosswings. Rear left angled stair turret. Stone coping to parapet verges.
Moulded and plastered bands above and below first floor windows. The top band
continues through to stair turret. Fine 5 window range of large moulded 4 light
mullioned and transomed windows excepting 5 light first floor right, those to
first floor with moulded and plastered surrounds and labels, those to ground
floor with brick surrounds and labels. Some windows appear to be in their
original positions but those to left are reset. Traces of a former gable can be
seen first floor left and traces of a former door at ground level. The 2nd left
ground floor window has been blocked and double doors of 2 panels with top
lights under a moulded brick segmental head inserted. Gabled left and right
returns with 3 similar windows of 3 or 4 lights, that to attic with label over
and ground floor without a transom. 3 similar 2 light windows without transoms
or labels to stair turret return and rear. 4 horizontal sliding sashes to rear
attics. Square leaded glazing to windows, those to first floor front each with
an iron casement with wrought ornamental latch. Right and left gable apex red
brick chimney stacks. Rear restored chimney stacks with 3 octagonal shafts and
one other rear stack. Adjoining the right angle of the house and in
continuation of the front is a brick doorway with moulded jambs and 4 centred
arch, moulded pediment on small brackets, this at one time was probably the main
doorway and has a short stretch of brickwork to the right. To the rear of this
feature and continuing through to the rear of the main building is a wall of
flint rubble, puddingstone and brick. Set in this wall to the right is a large
blocked C16 fireplace with moulded jambs and 4 centred arch. This wall has
recently been capped and a window inserted. There is a modern doorway by the
house. Sections of this wall were visible in the house during redecorations.
It relates to the C12 Black Canons, or Augustine Priory of Sts. Mary and
Nicholas, founded by a member of the Tregoz family. After the suppression in
1525 it was granted to Cardinal Wolsey who on 10 February 1526 granted it to
Cardinals College Oxford and then to Ipswich. It later reverted to the Crown
and thence in 1547 to Thos. Darcy whose decendants probably built the present
house. Most of the interior features are heavily restored or modern. A
restored fireplace has an ashwell, a closet arch has been raised. There are
some Victorian cast iron fire surrounds. A brewhouse, dairy and outbuildings
have been incorporated at rear. Some stone slab and brick floors. Some 6
panelled doors and a range of servants bells. RCHM 2.

Listing NGR: TL8754214571

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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