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Description: Pear Tree Cottage
Pear Tree Farmhouse
Date Listed: 15 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281861
OS Grid Reference: TM0117873205
OS Grid Coordinates: 601178, 273205
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3201, 0.9504
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TM 07 SW WATTISFIELD WALSHAM ROAD
3/116 Pear Tree Farmhouse &
Pear Tree Cottage
Farmhouse, now divided into 2. Late C16 and C17. Timber-framed.and rendered;
hipped roof, with old plaintiles to front range; a small rear wing at the
right end is partly pantiled. 2 storeys. The long main range is in 2
structural sections, and has 2 matching internal chimney-stacks, each,with 4
attached hexagonal shafts of a rectangular base, well rebuilt. (Cf. a similar
stack at Pitts Farmhouse, Honeypot Lane, Item 3/95). 5 upper windows, 4 3-
light, and one 2-light above the porch; 4 3-light lower windows; all C20,
metal casements, small panes. C19 enclosed and gabled porch with fluted
bargeboards and spike finial, 4-panelled half-glazed entrance door with 2
single-light flanking windows. Pear Tree Cottage forms the left half of the
front, and was under restoration at the time of survey. It appears to be the
oldest part of the building, with a typical 3-cell internal-chimney plan.
Fine framework exposed: 4 bays of irregular size, including a chimney-bay.
Close studding with tension bracing to the end walls. The ground floor rooms
to each side of the stack have ovolo-moulded main beams and roll-moulded
joists. On the right the service end partition wall, formerly with 2
doorways, has been removed; the service bay has plain joists. Although the
roof-space has not been used the upper ceilings appear original, with chamfer
and curved stops to the main beams and joists set on edge. In the left gable
end on both floors are the remains of original T-shaped windows: the short
side lights with ovolo-moulded mullions survive, the central larger windows
have been removed. The internal stack has 4 hearths: on the left ground floor
with a shallow brick arch and rounded back to the fireplace, on the right with
a plain timber lintel. Both upper fireplaces have arched openings of
chamfered brick. Roof with butt purlins. Pear Tree Farmhouse forms the right
hand half of the building. Some timbering said to be exposed inside, but
Listing NGR: TM0117873205
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