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Description: Great Ruffins
Date Listed: 8 August 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 118937
OS Grid Reference: TL8520912666
OS Grid Coordinates: 585209, 212666
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7820, 0.6836
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TL 81 SE GREAT TOTHAM BEACON HILL
4/102 Great Ruffins
House. Circa 1904. A.H. Mackmurdo. Brick built and rough rendered. Slate
roofs, hipped to left and right crosswings. Chimney stacks not visible from
front. Symmetrical. 2 storeys. The tall square central tower is balustraded
and surmounted by an octagonal domed lantern. Small unglazed lanterns to right
and left hipped roofs. The tower breaks forward from the centre bays, these
with recurved walls to ground floor. Forward right and left crosswings are
jettied and have central oriels. Projecting and heavily moulded and dentilled
cornices to eaves, jetties and tower balustrade. Ionic angle pilasters to
crosswings, oriels and above eaves level to tower, the latter with moulded band
at eaves level and plain pilasters above first floor level. Forward of these
pilasters the semi-circular porch with flat canopy supported by 4 Ionic columns
and 2 pilasters on a plinth is attached to square pillars with ball finials. 6
panelled door in moulded surround. The tower has 2 upper long round headed
windows with imposts and keystones to each face, plaster panelling to each face.
2 panels of heavy balusters to each face with square pillars between.
Pilasters to lantern angles and smaller windows similar to those in the tower to
each face, ribbed dome with heavy finial. The smaller lanterns to crosswings
are similar, on plain octagonal bases. The octagonal shafts with imposts, round
head arches with keystones, ribbed dome, square supports to finials. Window
ranges. Ground floor 3:1:0:1:3 with small circular lights to left and right of
porch. The plain outer 3 windows with moulded pilaster and frieze surrounds,
the inner windows with round heads and glazing bars and similar surrounds.
First floor 1:3:0:3:1. Those to oriels plain 3 light in moulded surrounds, the
inner 3 each of 2 light casements with round heads and glazing bars. To the
rear the crosswings are semi-octagonal with 2 or 3 light casements in recessed
arches. Dormers to roof. 5 long light round headed windows to central range,
cornice with balusters to balcony over, stepped, back flat roofed first floor
with recessed access to tower. To left is the flat roofed 2 storey service wing
with former corridor scullery and forward living accommodation to left. This
with central door, right and left windows and one first floor window. No entry
allowed at time of re-survey, but interior said by owner to be intact.
Listing NGR: TL8520912666
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Source: English Heritage
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