Description: West End Farmhouse
Date Listed: 22 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 223694
OS Grid Reference: TG3656425062
OS Grid Coordinates: 636564, 325062
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7713, 1.5056
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TG 32 NE STALHAM CHAPEL FIELD ROAD
2/56 West End Farmhouse
THE DESCRIPTION SHALL BE AMENDED TO READ:
Farmhouse. Circa late C17 or possible early Cl8 (datestone in wall to south
west inscribed I.H.1702), remodelled and extended in late Cl8 or early Cl9 and
with C20 alterations. Whitewashed red brick in alternate courses of stretchers
and headers but not in regular Flemish bond. Welsh slate roof with moulded
brick coping to gable ends and hipped end to rear wing Moulded brick kneeler
to rear right hand (south west) corner, the kneelers of front covered by later
moulded wooden cornice. Brick plinth and wide moulded brick platband at first
floor level at front and east side of rear wing. Internal gable end stacks with
rebuilt shafts, the large axial (formerly gable end) stack to rear wing with
later yellow brick shaft.
Plan and Development: T-shaped on plan, 2-room plan north front range with
a central entrance and stairhall, both rooms heated from gable end stacks.
The kitchen was in the central rear wing with a gable end stack.
In the late C18 or early C19 the house was remodelled and extend, the front
was refenestrated, a 2-storey unheated 1-room plan addition, probably a dairy,
was built at the end of the rear kitchen wing and a 1-room plan addition was
built in the rear left hand angle containing the back staircase. In the C20
the house was altered again, the ground floor external walls of the rear left
hand addition were demolished to form an open-sided loggia, the back stairs
were turned around, a bay window was built in the rear left hand angle and a
conservatory/porch was added in the rear right hand angle. It is uncertain
whether the small room partitioned off at the rear of the left hand room of
the main range was anoriginal feature of the plan but its partition wall was
demolished in C20.
The single storey stable range on the right hand (west) end of the front range
is probably C18; the coach has been converted into an office, the stables are
now a garage and both have doorways on the rear elevation onto the yard behind
and to right of the house.
Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Symmetrical 3-window front, the windows and
central doorway disposed slightly to the left. Originally a 5-window front,
original windows blocked and replaced with late C18 or early C19 16-pane sashes
in openings with flat brick arches, the windows break through the plinth and
platband, ground floor right hand sash is C20 replacement. Central doorway
with C19 glazed flush-panel door and C19 porch with rebuilt wooden piers.
Gable ends have brick stringcourses of eaves level and small Cl9 or C20 2-light
attic casements with glazing bars. The right (west) gable has adjoining stables,
the left hand (east) end has blocked openings.
The moulded platband continues on the east side of the rear where there
is a C19 2-storey late C18 or early C19 addition in the angle with a hipped
roof and is now open on the ground floor; in the angle to left a C20 bay window
and to left of that a 12-pane sash and 2-light casement on the ground floor.
The west side of the rear wing has circa late C18 or early C19 16-pane sashes,
ground floor right hand a C20 replacement, and C20 glazed conservatory porch
in the angle with the main to range left. South end of rear wing has small
3-light casement with glazing bars on 1st floor.
The stable end coach house wing on right (west) side has irregular bond red
brickwork and hipped slate roof; blind on front, but at rear has small lunette,
large C20 garage doors and French casements.
Interior: Much of the original internal joinery is intact. The front right
hand room has bolection moulded panelling and glazed china cupboards either
side of fireplace which has C20 chimneypiece; chamfered ceiling beam with hollow
step stops. Front left room has C20 ceiling boarder and C20 chimneypiece.
Large room, former kitchen, in rear wing has C20 chimneypiece and arched china
cupboards either side. The central hall late C17 open-well moulded string staircase
with twisted balusters, square newels and moulded handrail and fielded panel
dado. Bolection moulded panelling on landing at top of stairs and segmental
arch with flush panel double doors to rear landing and with moulded cornice
over and flush panel doors to left and right. The right hand bed chamber has
a moulded cornice and small fireplace with bolection chimneypiece and flanking
cupboards with flush panel doors. The back landing has 2 and 3-panel doors,
one with drop handle. The rear bed chamber has bolection panelling on rear
wall and small fireplace with bolection chimneypiece and C19 cast-iron tiled
grate, and cambered chamfered ceiling beam with hollow step stops. Balustrade
at top of attic stairs has thick stack balusters and moulded handrail. 2-panel
doors in attic.
Roof: tenoured butt purlin roof, the upper purlins appear to be clasped above
the collars. The rear wing has light scantling tenored butt purlin roof.
TG 32 NE STALHAM CHAPEL FIELD ROAD
2/56 West End Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Circa 1700, altered C19 and C20. Colourwashed brick with slate
roofs. T plan. 2 storeys. North facade in 3 bays. C20 central half glazed
door behind plain portico porch on square piers. Early C19 sash windows with
glazing bars within flush early C18 surrounds. Sills of first floor sashes
interrupt moulded platband. Timber eaves cornice below gabled roof. Internal
gable end stacks. Contemporary hipped cross wing extends to south with
similar fenestration. Platband continues. To west side a hipped C20 porch
in angle of ranges. To east side a 2 storey hipped C19 extension in
corresponding angle. Ridge stack.
Listing NGR: TG3656425062
Source: English Heritage
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