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Description: Hillhouse Farmhouse
Date Listed: 30 January 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 120326
OS Grid Reference: TM1558323345
OS Grid Coordinates: 615583, 223345
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8670, 1.1299
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THORPE-LE-SOKEN HILLHOUSE LANE
TM 12 SE
5/97 Hillhouse Farmhouse
House. Mid-C16, altered in late C16 and C19. Timber framed, clad with red
brick in Flemish bond, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. 4 bays facing NE,
comprising a 2-bay 'hall' with a late C16 stack in the rear part of the left
bay, a parlour/solar bay to the left, and a service bay to the right with an
external stack at the end. Small single-storey lean-to extension at the left
end. C19 parallel range of red brick in Flemish bond, to the rear of the 3
right bays. 2 storeys. NE elevation, 4-window range of C20 casements. The NW
elevation has on the ground floor one early C19 sash of 16 lights, and other
C19/20 windows, and an early C19 6-panel door, the top 2 panels glazed, with a
plain overlight. Gablet hip at left end of roof. Dogtooth eaves course.
Original sprockets to rear of left bay. Grouped diagonal shafts. Jowled posts,
close studding. In partition at right end of 'hall', twin service doorways with
Tudor heads, and a gap for a doorway to the former stair; this binding beam is
chamfered with broach stops. The binding beam in the middle of the 'hall' has
been scarfed at the front end, and secured with forelock bolts, possibly
indicating the position of the original stack. 2 chamfered longitudinal beams
with late step stops, plain joists of horizontal section. Blocked unglazed
window to rear of 'hall' with 4 diamond mortices and shutter groove. On the
first floor at the left end, 3 diamond mortices and shutter groove for former
unglazed window. The solar bay has been ceiled c.1600 with 2 ovolo-moulded
longitudinal beams, meeting similarly moulded timbers in the hip. Crownpost
roof with axial bracing, not sooted. Some original wattle and daub infill in
the roof. This house was built in 2 storeys from the outset, but retaining the
typical 3-part medieval plan.
Listing NGR: TM1558323345
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