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Description: Walnut Tree Cottage
Date Listed: 10 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 281852
OS Grid Reference: TM0096474130
OS Grid Coordinates: 600964, 274130
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3284, 0.9478
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TM 07 SW WATTISFIELD THE STREET (WEST SIDE)
3/107 Walnut Tree Cottage
House. Late C15 and early C17. Timber-framed and rendered; thatched roof
with decorated ridge. 1½ storeys; 3-cell form; 4 bays. One internal and one
end chimney-stack, both with plain red brick shafts. 3 eyebrow dormers with
2-light small-paned C20 casement windows. One single-light and 2 3-light
standard casement windows to the ground floor. Wide single-storey enclosed
porch with side entry and a 3-light standard casement window on the front;
thatched roof sloping into the main roof. On the extreme right below the
eaves a small C17 2-light mullioned window with barred lights. All that
survives of the C15 house are the 2 bays of the former open hall with the 2
opposing 4-centred arched doorways of the cross-entry still in situ, and on
the rear wall the upper part of a 6-light diamond-mullioned hall window with
the mullions remaining. Chimney-stack, inserted backing on to the cross-
entry, has 2 pointed niches on the back wall; a plain timber lintel to the
ground floor hearth. Inserted beam in hall chamfered, with curved stops,
bar, and scribed zig-zag ornament, also on the post-head. Hall roof of rough
coppice-wood: smoke-blackened coupled rafters with remains of original plaster
laid against the thatch as a fire precaution. A plain early C17 parlour block
replaces the medieval service area: widely-spaced joists,,plain timber lintel
on ground floor, brick arch to smaller hearth on upper floor; in the rear
ground-floor wall a late C17 4-light window with square moulded mullions (cf.
similar mullions at Park Farmhouse, Item 3/98). To the left of the hall a
small bay added in the C17. For a more detailed account of the house cf.
Procs. Suff. Inst. Arch. Vol XXXI Pt 1 (1968) p.64 et seq: S. Colman, 'Two
Small Medieval Houses'.
Listing NGR: TM0096474130
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