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Description: Bell Bridge House
Date Listed: 22 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 159719
OS Grid Reference: TL3600428214
OS Grid Coordinates: 536004, 228214
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9358, -0.0231
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TL 32 NE ASPENDEN THE STREET
4/4 (south side)
8/4 Bell Bridge House
House. C15 or early C16 middle part, late C16 central chimney
and parlour extension at E with floor inserted in C17, and C18 E
chimney. W (service) part rebuilt in C18 or C19. Timber frame on
low brick sill, roughcast with weatherboarded apron. Steep old
red tile roof. A 2-storeys, 3-cells, central-chimney, lobby-
entry plan house facing N with C17 rear stair turret, and gabled
front porch (renewed). Irregular fenestration with 4 leaded
flush casements to 1st floor and 3 to ground floor. 2-light
flush Yorkshire sliding casements at rear. External E gable
chimney added in C18 to heat previously unheated parlour.
Parlour has exposed C17 chamfered and stopped narrow joists and
axial beam to ceiling. Hall has a fine elaborately moulded
timber C16 fireplace lintol to open fire, entrance to stair, and
very massive flat axial joists, heavy cross-beam and massive
square posts. Stepped-jowled post and jetty corner bracket
survive in enclosed space by stair (note and drawings by Gordon
Moodey in RCHM files) which with remaining upper-floor walls,
tension bracing, tie-beams, and shutter groove for window on N
side wall of chamber over hall, show that the late C16 chimney
was built against a jettied external end-wall of an older
building. What survives is the E bay of a 2-storeys wing, of at
least 2 bays, of a house the hall and service end of which
extended either in line to the W or at right angles to the S.
Listing NGR: TL3600428214
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Source: English Heritage
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