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Description: Bridge House
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281693
OS Grid Reference: TM1181366908
OS Grid Coordinates: 611813, 266908
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2595, 1.1022
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WETHERINGSETT-CUM-BROCKFORD BROCKFORD STREET (east
TM 16 NW side)
House. Known to have been an inn in C16, and a farmhouse from C17 to mid C19.
In 3 main sections: (i) an early C16 2-cell range to south; (ii) a mid C16 in-
line addition to north; (iii) a mid C16 wing to rear (east) of earlier work.
A fragment of a further C16 range at the rear, reduced in length c.1948 and
now corner-to-corner with the rear wing. Timber framed and plastered. South
range has a plaintiled roof, hipped to the south; north range is pantiled to
front and slated to rear; rear range is plaintiled to south and glazed black
pantiled to north. 2 storeys, former attic in north range. Continuous jetty
to road, a small section underbuilt; north range has moulded bressumer. C20
casement windows of various sizes, all with squared-leaded glass. South range
has a small late C19 ground floor canted bay with sash windows. At north end
of front, a door with 6 flush panels; large overlight. Fine stack at south
end of north range has 3 circular shafts decorated with Fleur-de-lys and
saltires, on moulded bases. A similar stack in the rear wing has 2 of the
shafts rebuilt in plain form, the original moulded bases surviving; the third
shaft has Fleur-de-lys motifs. Interior. South range comprises hall and
service cells. Hall ceiling has heavy chamfered cross beams, originally knee-
braced to the wallposts. Plain joists in service end, originally 2 rooms;
partition wall with hall removed. On upper floor, front wall has tension
braces and 2 oriel window sills. In rear wall, 2 adjacent C16 doorways, one
original; one doorway may have led into a gallery associated with use as an
inn. Framing in south gable end shows evidence for a doorway which probably
led into a garderobe. Later upper ceilings and replacement tie beams; roof
reconstructed. North range of high quality: a little heavy close studding
visible on upper floor, the timbers otherwise largely concealed. High upper
ceilings. Roof has one row of clasped purlins, 2-way arched wind bracing and
evidence for 2 original dormers in rear slope. Rear wing in 4 bays. Good
studding with evidence for diamond-mullioned windows, one on upper floor
intact. Forwardmost bay has close studding and chamfered-joist ceiling.
Former smoke bay adjacent has inserted stack and inserted ceiling with
irregularly-chamfered joists set flat. At rear, a 2-bay room with plain
ceiling joists. Well stair of c.1800 in rear wing has stick balusters and
shaped tread-ends. 2 upper fireplaces have duck's nest grates of similar
Listing NGR: TM1181366908
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Source: English Heritage
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