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Friday Cottage, Henley-on-Thames

Description: Friday Cottage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 25 January 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 246116

OS Grid Reference: SU7630382540
OS Grid Coordinates: 476303, 182540
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5366, -0.9012

Location: Friday Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1AN

Locality: Henley-on-Thames
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG9 1AN

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Listing Text


25-JAN-51 (North side)
Friday Cottage

(Formerly listed as:
(Formerly listed as:
(Formerly listed as:


Old Timbers, 67-69, FRIDAY STREET
Two houses, formerly warehousing, perhaps incorporating domestic accommodation or a malthouse; C15, with later extensions and major renovation in mid-C20.

EXTERIOR: Jettied timber-framed range of two storeys and six uneven bays: Old Timbers (Nos. 67-9) occupies the western four bays and Friday Cottage (No.71) the eastern two bays. All doors, windows and other openings date from mid-C20 renovation. Ground-floor framing much renewed, with modern brick infilling and two bay windows built out beneath the jetty; four original wall-posts survive, with pilaster profiles and curved jetty brackets supporting the joists above. Narrow gap visible between corner post of Friday Cottage and that of the later Barn Cottage (q.v.). First-floor framing formed of large rectangular panels with long arch braces and plaster infill. Steep-pitched roof of plain clay tiles, with stacks inserted mid-C20. Gabled extensions to rear, that to Friday Cottage having light timber framing suggesting a late C17 or early C18 date.

INTERIORS: Ground-floor ceiling structure in Old Timbers comprises heavy lateral beams spanned by axial beams which in turn support joists. No decorative features apart from narrow chamfers to main beams. Axial beam in broad first (western) bay has empty mortises suggesting a longitudinal division. Underside of jetty plate is exposed within bay window, displaying a narrow inner groove which may once have held panelling. Entrance hall in the narrow second bay, with inserted modern staircase leading to first floor. Queen-post roof structure survives in third and fourth bays, with tenoned purlins and curved wind braces. Third bay, which has smoke-blackened timbers, appears to have been completely closed above the ground floor. Interior of Friday Cottage not accessible but believed to be of similar construction to that of Old Timbers.

HISTORY: Old Timbers and Friday Cottage were built as a single range, probably during the early- to mid-C15. Their original purpose is unclear, but it is likely that they provided warehouse space for the river trade; smoke-blackening of the roof structure in part of No. 69 indicates some additional use at an early stage, either for domestic accommodation or perhaps as a malt-house. A large malt-house extension had been built to the rear of No. 67 by the late C19, at which point it and No. 69 formed part of the maltings attached to Greys Brewery. Friday Cottage appears to have been in domestic use from at least the mid-C19. The buildings were renovated in the mid-C20, with much of the external walling and part of the roof structure renewed.

Ruth Gibson, report for the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group (2010).

Old Timbers and Friday Cottage are listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural: an extensive range of C15 vernacular buildings;
* Historical: connection with Henley's important river trade;
* Group value: with Barn Cottage and the Old Granary (No. 73 Friday Street and No. 10 Thameside) and other nearby listed houses.

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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