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Description: Porters (Civic House)
Date Listed: 23 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 122927
OS Grid Reference: TQ8861085837
OS Grid Coordinates: 588610, 185837
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5399, 0.7184
TQ 8885 7/15 23.11.51.
The house takes its name from le-Porters, a prominent family in south-east Essex
in the C14 who owned the estate. One of the family may have built an earlier house
on the site. The first known owner of the present house is Humfrey Browne (d.
1592) but it may have been built by a member of the Tyrrell family who owned the
estate earlier in the C16. It is a late C15 or early C16 red brick manor house
with cross wings at the east and west ends gabled on the north and south fronts.
At the end of the C16 it was completed or extensively rebuilt when the space between
the wings was filled in and a porch built on the north front. There is a moulded
brick plinth. 2 storeys and attics. The windows are stone mullioned and transomed
casements, 3-5 lights. 4 window range on the north front and irregular fenestration
on the south front. The windows on each storey under the gables on the north front
are original with moulded mullions and transomes, also the ground storey window
of the centre block. On the south front the attic windows in the gables and the
1st storey windows of the centre block are original. Some of the windows on the
south side have moulded brick reveals. A gabled porch projects on the north side.
Roof tiled, with 1 hipped dormer window on the south front and chimney stacks with
diagonally set shafts on the east and west ends (rebuilt).
Listing NGR: TQ8861085837
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Source: English Heritage
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