Description: Freston Tower House and Cottage
Date Listed: 29 July 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 277289
OS Grid Reference: TM1780139614
OS Grid Coordinates: 617801, 239614
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0122, 1.1724
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TM 13 NE FRESTON FRESTON PARK
4/10 Freston Tower House
House. Now subdivided. C16 range with late C16 south gable end with substantial
later alterations and additions and major renovation of c1979. Timber-framed range
with orange brick gable end and stack with blue diapering, partial casing of timber
range and additions in red brick in Flemish bond. 1st floor of west front rendered.
Plain tile roofs. 4-bay framed range with additions forming a courtyard plan.
Original range: 2 storeys, 4 bays with 2 later bays added to north with cellar.
West front: C20 casement windows. Raised brick gables and kneelers. To rear a later
addition under a pent roof. Right gable end has massive external crow-stepped stack.
Tower House interior: ground floor exposed spine beam, two chamfered cross beams
and joists (somewhat restored). Stout timber frame exposed at 1st floor level: jowled
posts and chamfered tie beams with run-out stops showing mortices and pegs for missing
arch braces. Edge-halved scarf to hall plate of which one side has been renewed.
Studded partition and end wall. Clasped purlin roof with wind braces. The house
had been subdivided into 4 cottages and was derelict by the 1970's. It underwent
an extensive renovation at that time, being divided into 3 units. The framed range
now forms Tower House.
Listing NGR: TM1780139614
Source: English Heritage
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