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Description: Lilac Cottage
Date Listed: 24 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 279241
OS Grid Reference: TM1051251607
OS Grid Coordinates: 610512, 251607
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1227, 1.0737
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BAYLHAM UPPER STREET
TM 15 SW
3/48 Lilac Cottage
A small 3-cell open-hall house of late C14 or early C15, with major
alterations of C17 and later. 1 storey and attics. Timber-framed and
plastered; there are large areas of herringbone pargetting in panels, and over
the entrance is an oval with the incised date 1768 or 1788 (the numbers are
indistinct) and beneath the oval is a pair of hearts. The roof is thatched
but the right-hand half renewed with pantiles. Axial C17/C18 chimney of red
brick, repaired in mid C20. To right of entrance is a small-pane casement of
c.1800 with a hinged boarded shutter. Various other C19 and C20 casements.
Boarded entrance door of c.1800. An unusually early example of a modest
mediaeval house. The central open truss in the hall is depleted, but has
near-straight square-section arch-braces rising to the stump of the tie-beam.
At the right-hand end, the closed truss rose only to eaves level, allowing
smoke into the loft above the right-hand cell. The other closed truss in the
hall rose to the ridge. Both end cells have lodged 1st floor joists. The
studwork is widely spaced, with arch-bracing at corners. A large chimney was
inserted into the hall in C17, the roof was rebuilt and the upper floor built
over the hall. Intermediate studding was introduced to the external walls.
In C18/C19 a second flue was added to the stack and the adjacent closed truss
almost destroyed. A fire in mid C20 destroyed part of the roof, which was
formerly hipped at the right.
Listing NGR: TM1051251607
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Source: English Heritage
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