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Description: Ford Place
Date Listed: 8 February 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 119815
OS Grid Reference: TQ5946980714
OS Grid Coordinates: 559469, 180714
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5029, 0.2962
In the entry for:
TQ 58 SE STIFFORD HILL
4/20 Ford Place
the entry shall be amended to read:
TQ 58 SE THURROCK,FORMER UD STIFFORD HILL
4/20 Ford Place
Country house, derelict at time of survey following extensive fire in 1987. Core of c1590 brick
house, originally half "H" plan, altered and extended c1655 in the Artisan Mannerist Style with
Georgian west front of cl747. Plan now L-shaped. West front of c1747 of brown brick with red
brick headers had only southernmost 3 bays of original 9 extant at time of survey, with north and
south walls having attached tall brick stacks. West front has rubbed brick heads with cornices,
recessed aprons and panelled attic parapet with stone capping. To rear c1655 brickwork of 2 storeys
and attics, heavily moulded brick cornice to first floor parapet with 'Dutch' gables. East front has two
gables and 2 first floor brick Tuscan pilasters which are thought to be the first examples in Essex. In
centre of these is 1747 staircase window. North elevation also has curved gables and 2 storey C19
addition. Interior features include Drawing room to south west with round-headed C17 niche,
probably for holding lantern, and C17 spine beam with floor joists, Dining room to south with C17
spine beam and floor joists and Buttery and Kitchen to north with original late Cl6 chimney with
open brick arch to Buttery and line of open arch to Kitchen behind later range with remains of C19
spit. To the north are two bread ovens. Buttery retains chamfered cross beams with lambs tongue
stops. C19 iron firegrates. Much late C16 brickwork visible. [See 'The monuments of South East
5221 STIFFORD HILL
TQ 58 SE 4/20 8.2.60
Mid C17 house, with C18 parapet front. Timber-frame and brown brick with
red dressings. Red plain tile hipped roof. Two storeys, attics and cellars.
3:3:3 window range double hung vertical sliding sashes with glazing bars.
Rubber brick heads with cornices, recessed aprons, panelled parapet with
capping. Central 3 windows project slightly. Central window with rusticated
brick surround. Four column stucco porch. Seven timber pedimented dormers,
central one with segmental pediment. Original end chimney stacks. South
elevation has 3 window range, double hung vertical sliding sashes with glazing
bars, and C20 red brick bay window. Rear range has mid C17 enriched brickwork.
Two storeys and attics, with heavy moulded brick cornice over first floor
with parapet and Dutch gables, bearing ornamental panels of brick with date
"1655", a coat of arms and initials "R.S.". Red plain tile roof. Large
round headed C18 staircase sash window. Internally are C18 panelled rooms,
and a C18 staircase. Mid C17 plaster ceilings, one heavily trabeated and
with figures of the 4 seasons in oval panels and 2 coats of arms. Painted
Listing NGR: TQ5946980714
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