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Description: The Poplars
Date Listed: 13 August 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 277178
OS Grid Reference: TL9742054139
OS Grid Coordinates: 597420, 254139
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1502, 0.8842
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BRETTENHAM OLD SCHOOL ROAD
33/496 THE POPLARS
Former farmhouse. Late C15 and C17. Timber-framed and rendered; roof, with corru-
gated iron sheeting over old thatch, is hipped on the left, half-hipped on the right.
1½ storeys. An internal chimney-stack with a plain rebuilt red brick shaft. 2 gabled
dormers to front with old 2-light leaded-paned casement windows. One 3-light and
one 2-light C20 metal casement window to the ground floor, and a single-light window
to each side of the entrance door. 3-cell plan, now with lobby entrance; frame in
5 bays. The centre of the house contains 1½ bays of a former open hall with crown-
post roof. The tie-beam and crown-post of the open truss have been cut away, but
the collar-purlin remains, with mortices for braces and extensive smoke-blackening
below thick layers of whitewash. Later plastering covers the rafters and collars.
The chimney-stack, which appears to be in 2 sections, has been inserted into the hall
against the line of the former open truss. Beside it, diamond-mullioned housings for
a hall window in the rear wallplate. The inserted ceiling in the one remaining full
bay of the hall has a main beam, with wide chamfer and curved stepped stops, resting
on a short post against the stack, similarly finished. At the left end, the former
service bay, still divided into 2, has a C20 replacement ceiling. To the right of
the stack, a marked break in the wallplates and a 2-bay section with exposed ground-
floor ceiling: joists on edge. All visible studding is substantial and widely-spaced,
some of it with small modern studs inserted between the original ones; no middle rail;
tension braces in the end walls. The building, which stands on a moated site, is
currently empty and derelict.
Listing NGR: TL9742054139
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Source: English Heritage
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