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Description: Nursery Farmhouse
Date Listed: 30 December 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 119114
OS Grid Reference: TL8122204380
OS Grid Coordinates: 581222, 204380
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7089, 0.6215
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TL 80 SW WOODHAM MORTIMER BURNHAM ROAD
5/126 Nursery Farmhouse
House. C16 of earlier origin with early C18 facade and later alterations.
Timber framed, red and black brick faced. Left and right red brick chimney
stacks with attached octagonal shafts. Dentilled eaves cornice. 3 first floor,
2 ground floor windows all C20 small paned casements, those to ground floor with
segmental arches. Casement window to return gable attic. Central vertically
boarded door, flat canopy over. Internally the 2 front rooms each with angled
rear corner fireplaces. Ground floor left fireplace with C17 wooden moulded
surround and mantel. Sun Insurance Plaque formerly on outside wall and dated
1774 is attached to surround. Semi-circular red brick hearth. Moulded gun rack
over. Panelled cupboard. First floor right fireplace, C17 moulded surround and
mantel, moulded cornice, panelled cupboard. The panel over the fireplace is
late C17 painted and is alleged to depict the Fire of London, with South Bank
foreground, river and flames arising from buildings on the far bank, old St.
Pauls with the Tower of London to right are discernable. The rear C16 staircase
is inserted into an earlier building. Moulded string and handrail. The angled
splat balusters follow the line of the dogleg 2 storey and attic stairs. The
walls have 11 half height panels, each with a circa 1680-1715 painting depicting
revelling Bacchi and Satyrs. Some paintings are of single figures with musical
instruments, some are groups of figures with goats, sheep and bulls, one with a
man faced leopard. 2 figures are blowing bubbles. The paintings have been
inspected by Mr. Clive Rouse and staff of the British Museum, to date no other
similar paintings are known. There are several moulded board doors and also
vertically boarded doors. Chamfered bridging joists to original building. The
building was known C18 as Salters Folly - Mr. Salter lived at Tyndales, Southend
Road. Brick facade probably by Obediah Barker, Brickmaker. - Information
supplied by Mrs. P. Ryan. RCHM 4.
Listing NGR: TL8122204380
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Source: English Heritage
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