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Description: The Old Ship
Date Listed: 13 February 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 143907
OS Grid Reference: SU1208115128
OS Grid Coordinates: 412081, 115128
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9355, -1.8294
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A late-C18 two-storey, red brick cottage with tiled, gable-ended roof and end stack. The brick is mostly Flemish Bond with periodic vitrified headers.
EXTERIOR: The front (north-east) elevation has an off-set brick porch with Victorian part-glazed door, a ground floor casement under a cambered relieving arch, and a central first floor casement set just below the eaves. At the rear (south-west) is a lower, two-bay, two-storey gabled wing with buttresses on the southern flank. A small lean-to extension abuts the cottage to the south-west (with garden doors), and a small brick extension with hipped roof to the south-east. To the north-west a long, single-storey, outbuilding abuts the cottage, and a modern, single-storey, lightweight extension with corrugated roof has been added to the rear (at the north end of the south-west elevation).
INTERIOR: The double pile plan cottage has a full-width room at the front, with two smaller rooms at the rear. The first floor has a similar arrangement of three rooms. The winder stair with dark-stained treads, is in its original position in a small hall between the front room and one of the rear rooms. Some rooms have horsehair plaster and lime mortar walls; lath and plaster ceilings are found throughout the cottage, although one ceiling is of beaded board. Parts of the timber frame are visible; an axial beam in the front room, a transverse beam in the first floor front room and exposed timber framing in the corridor on the first floor. An inglenook fireplace with bread oven and exposed bressumer in the ground floor front room and rough-hewn crude timber door frames in a number of rooms are original features of the cottage, whilst a Victorian fireplace and built-in cupboard in a first floor room and a modern quarry tiled floor in the kitchen indicate the modifications that have been made to fixtures and fittings. The attic was used as a dormitory and has a blocked window. The roof, formerly thatched, is now tiled and reinforced with steel internally, but the substantial purlins and common rafters are largely in situ.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: The long, single-storey outbuilding abutting to the north, which may have been associated with access to the pre-C18 part of the cottage (which perhaps included the two rooms to the rear of the full width front room) has a door on the rear (south west) elevation where there are also two slender buttresses, and a new door has been inserted in the front elevation. This outbuilding has an inglenook fireplace, although its stack has been removed. The roof structure is open and has replacement purlins.
The Old Ship is a late-C18 cottage, although part of the rear extension may be earlier. It is shown on the 1876 OS map with its footprint similar to that of the present day; by 1897 the map depiction of the footprint is essentially the modern one, less minor C20 additions. The cottage was modernised in the 1990s, including a thorough refurbishment of the roof, but retaining some original timbers. A lightweight, single-storey extension was added with listed building consent in 2007. The cottage lies within the area of the C19 Fordingbridge Brick Works, one of five brickworks in the area utilising the London Clay deposits which occur at Sandleheath, and which went out of use in the early C20.
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The Old Ship, Sandleheath, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: the Old Ship retains much of its late-C18 fabric and plan form despite some later modifications to the building.
* Historic interest: as a late-C18 building latterly associated with the C19 Fordingbridge Brick Works.
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.
Source: English Heritage
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