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Description: The Limes
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281844
OS Grid Reference: TM0101474138
OS Grid Coordinates: 601014, 274138
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3285, 0.9485
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TM 07 SW WATTISFIELD THE STREET (EAST SIDE)
3/99 The Limes
House, formerly with a shop. Early C16 and early C17. Timber-framed and
rendered, part with roughcast; old plaintiles. 2 storeys and attics; L-shaped
form, with the angle of the 2 ranges partly infilled with a C20 2-storey
entrance wing, which has an Edwardian-style half-glazed door in a pedimented
pseudo-Georgian surround. The main range, aligned north-south, has 6-pane
sash windows in flush frames to both storeys on the front; in its north gable-
end are 2 very fine projecting Jacobean windows: 3-light, with ovolo-moulded
mullions and transome to the upper floor, and C18 replacement casements to the
ground floor with pintel hinges and leaded panes. Both have triangular
pediments with dentils. The remains of console brackets to the eaves. The
front wing, which formerly contained the shop, has damaged brackets to the
gable; a 3-light casement window with pintle hinges to the attic; an 8-pane
sash window in projecting frame to the first floor, and a wide C2O small-paned
bow window to the ground floor. The main range has an internal chimney-stack
with a plain rebuilt shaft; a stack linking the 2 ranges has been capped-off
at roof level. A single-storey lean-to extension on the south gable end, and
another single-storey extension with hipped roof on part of the rear. The
main north-south range is the oldest part of the complex: in 4 bays with no
chimney-bay, the present internal stack being an insertion. The range was
always 2-storey, but there is no indication where the initial heating was.
Widely-spaced studs with long arched braces halved against them; cambered tie-
beams with supporting braces. Rafter roof, originally half-hipped at both
ends; gables pushed out in C17; raised slightly along front. 3-cell division:
the 2-bay room at the south end has an exposed ceiling with very heavy plain
joists and a chamfered main beam; the chimney stack has been inserted into
part of one bay, and also formerly heated the adjoining room. The front wing
added as a Jacobean display wing, well-studded, with the remains of windows on
3 sides: all had a large central window with 2 flanking side-lights, and have
now been either blocked or replaced. Good close-studding; original upper
ceiling; roof with clasped side purlins and the remains of windbraces. Beside
the capped-off stack is a stair leading to first floor and attic of the wing:
this has ornate square-headed doorways at the top and bottom, the jambs ovolo-
moulded, with complex scroll-stops at the foot with carved jewel and groove.
Listing NGR: TM0101474138
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Source: English Heritage
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