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Description: The Compasses
Date Listed: 30 January 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 120266
OS Grid Reference: TM1666426435
OS Grid Coordinates: 616664, 226435
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8943, 1.1475
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GREAT OAKLEY CLACTON ROAD
TM 12 NE (north-east side)
3/24 The Compasses
House. C15, altered in C19 and C20. Timber framed, roughcast rendered, roofed
with interlocking concrete tiles. 3 bays facing W, with an external stack at
each end. C20 flat-roofed extension to rear of right end. One storey with
attics. 2 C19 casements, and 3 C19/early C20 casements in gabled dormers. C20
door. The interior of the ground floor is largely concealed by modern finishes,
but 2 chamfered arched braces to the central tiebeam of the former hall, and the
chamfered transverse beam of an inserted floor, c.1600, are apparent through
paper. The framing is exposed in the upper right room (the right bay of the
former hall), with jowled posts, heavy studding, cambered tiebeam, and crownpost
roof. The central crownpost has wide 4-way bracing, and the roof is complete,
and smoke-blackened. This building has been converted in the C19 to a pair of
cottages, each with its external stack and separate stair; this arrangement
remains, although now one house again, and is responsible for the fact that the
central tiebeam of the former hall is intact. Shown with a farm of 32 acres,
named Compasses, owned and occupied by Samuel Dennis, in the tithe award of 1841
(Essex Record Office, D/CT 258).
Listing NGR: TM1666426435
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Source: English Heritage
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