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Description: The Firs
Date Listed: 24 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281566
OS Grid Reference: TM2101466491
OS Grid Coordinates: 621014, 266491
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2522, 1.2366
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2/142 The Firs
Farmhouse. Mainly C16, in 2 phases; early C19 one bay in-line addition to
left (south) forming a single long range. Timber framed, the front of the C16
portion plastered; C19 addition is in colourwashed brick, the rear of the old
range cased.in the same material. Roof has pantiles to front and double Roman
tiles to rear. 2 storeys, attic over C19 section. A range of 5 windows: to
the left, 3 sashes with glazing bars; to the right, C19 casements. Above the
4th window is the projecting splayed head of an oriel window with 6 oblong
mortices for the mullions; part of the deep sill of this window is visible
internally. To left is a C19 colourwashed brick gabled porch with 5-panel
door, the upper panel glazed. Internal stack, placed centrally, with oblong
shaft. Left gable end has early C19 doorcase with plain pilasters and heavy
entablature; paired three-quarter glazed French windows. 2 external stacks
against rear wall, one at service end, the other heating the C19 addition.
Interior. Earliest section is to right of stack and comprises 2 1/2 bays of a
good quality early-mid C16 house, later down-graded to service accommodation.
This section was jettied to the front, the supporting bracket at the corner
still in place. 2-bay end cell has cross-beamed ground floor ceiling, the
bridging beam with one surviving knee brace to the wallposts. Joists
concealed. In the chamber above the gable end has some substantial studding
and a down brace. Part of a late C16 partition with moulded muntins is
probably re-used. The open truss over this chamber has an arched-braced tie
beam. This tie beam supports a crown-post with down braces to it; all
components are heavy and plain. The crown-post roof has much later
reinforcement and only one brace to the collar purlin remains. Elsewhere in
the house the timbers are concealed. To left of stack the roof has clasped
and butt purlins with a few re-used sooted medieval rafters. The house stands
immediately south of a medieval moat.
Listing NGR: TM2101466491
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Source: English Heritage
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