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Description: St Peters Court
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279883
OS Grid Reference: TM0395450687
OS Grid Coordinates: 603954, 250687
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1169, 0.9775
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GREAT BRICETT THE STREET
TM 05 SW
5/108 St. Peter's Court
House; c.1500, with early and late C16 alterations. A 3-cell house, the
nucleus consisting of an open hall of Wealden type. 2 storeys. Timber-framed
and plastered; the close-studding of all 3 phases fully exposed with plaster
infill panels. Plaintiled roof with axial C17 chimney of red brick. Mainly
late C20 oak cavetto-mullioned windows, many in original openings. C20 oak-
framed entrance porch with plank door; reused C17 ovolo-mullioned windows in
the porch with leaded glazing. The 2-bay open hall is all that survives of
the original house, formerly having a cross-entry to right. The open truss
has a cambered tie-beam with cranked arch braces and shafts beneath (one
damaged). Evidence for a crownpost (roof renewed C20). Good tension-braced
close studding. The upper wall framing, although damaged, gives clear
evidence for Wealden-type construction, although with unusual details: the
flying wall-plate at the overhanging eaves has been removed, but mortices for
its supporting braces remain. The rear wall has had reversed assembly at the
open truss, and the crownpost was not central upon its tie-beam. These
features are all associated with the asymmetrical roof over a Wealden house.
What is not normal is evidence for an unjettied service cell to right of the
hall, implying that the flying wallplate continued to the end of the building.
Circa 1530, an upper floor was inserted over the lower bay of the hall; a fine
moulded and brattished beam supporting the roll-and-cavetto moulded joists; a
similarly moulded dais beam was attached to the upper end of the hall. Also
c.1530 the service cell was demolished and a parlour block built; it has a
massive moulded bridging beam and unchamfered joists. An external doorway at
this end has an arched head with sunk spandrels. In late C16, the original
parlour cell to left was rebuilt, with good close-studding, 2-tier butt-purlin
roof, and arched parlour fireplace.
Listing NGR: TM0395450687
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Source: English Heritage
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