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Description: The Downs Farmhouse
Date Listed: 9 February 1978
English Heritage Building ID: 278575
OS Grid Reference: TL9863436054
OS Grid Coordinates: 598634, 236054
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9874, 0.8914
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The Downs Farmhouse
TL 9836 24/833
This item shall be upgraded to grade II*(Star). The description shall be amended
Former farmhouse. Early C16, with later extensions. Timber-framed and
rendered; rear extensions partly faced in C19 red brick; plaintiled roofs.
2 storeys; 3-cell plan, with the original chimney-stack set externally on the
rear wall of the hall, and a cross entry. The stack has been rebuilt in plain
red brick. 4 window range: on the upper floor, 2-light casement windows with
square-leaded panes, pintle hinges and small supporting brackets below the sills;
on the ground floor, 2 small-paned sash windows in cased frames and one cross
window with square leading. Edwardian 4-panelled entrance door, still in the
cross-entry position, with a corresponding door on the rear wall: sunk panels,
the top 2 glazed, flat pediment with shaped mock-Jacobean brackets. Frame in 4
bays, the main feature of the interior being the outstandingly fine carved and
moulded ceiling to the central 2-bay ground-floor hall, some parts of which have
been recently exposed. The main cross-beams have multiple roll-mouldings
combined with 2 rows of running-leaf design which terminate in leaf-stops. At the
intersection of these main beams is a large carving of a standing angel with
outstretched wings, surrounded by an ornate canopy: he wears flowing robes, and
carries a blank shield. The joists are of triangular section and also have
multiple roll-mouldings which terminate in leaf-stops with a central motif, varying from
one joist to another: flowers, fruit, figures and miniature trees. This amount
of detail on joist stops is very unusual. The cambered fireplace lintel, slightly
damaged by later plastering, has a lower narrow band of running-leaf carving and a
wider upper band in a different leaf design, the 2 separated by a double band of
embattled ornament; in the centre of the top band is a shield bearing the Mowbray
crest of a lion rampant. The remaining framing of the main range is plain, with
only the main components visible; the roof is inaccessible. The rear range is in
3 sections, that nearest the main house in 2 bays, into one of which a straight
flight of stairs has been inserted. On the ground floor the main beam, cut back for
later render, has supporting brackets and plain unchamfered joists.
The Downs Farmhouse
TL 9836 24/833
A C17-C18 timber-framed and plastered house. 2 storeys. 4 window range,
the windows on the 1st storey are casements with leaded lights and on
the ground storey there are 2 double-hung sashes with glazing bars and
1 mullioned and transomed casement with leaded lights. Roof tiled.
Listing NGR: TL9863436054
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Source: English Heritage
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