Description: Church Farmhouse
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282280
OS Grid Reference: TM3297182882
OS Grid Coordinates: 632971, 282882
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3943, 1.4228
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SOUTH ELMHAM ALL SAINTS CHURCH LANE
TM 38 SW ALL SAINTS & ST. NICHOLAS
4/20 Church Farmhouse
Former farmhouse. Early C16, with later alterations. 2 storeys and attics.
Timber-framed, plastered in panels, plaintiles. An internal chimney-stack
with 4 attached sawtooth shafts. Various casement windows; 2 plank doors.
The 2 bays to the north of the stack have a chamfered main beam and joists on
the ground floor and a cambered tie-beam with supporting arched braces to the
open truss above. On the upper surface of the tie-beam is the housing for a
crown-post, and there is a similar housing in another tie-beam against the
stack. The stack has 2 back-to-back hearths on the ground floor with plain
timber lintels, and beside it is a very fine newel stair. The doorway linking
the 2 ground floor rooms has a chamfered surround and plain arched spandrels.
On the upper floor, there are cranked reversed braces at the corners and long
jowls to the main posts. One 3-light and one 4-light original window with
hollow-chamfer moulding to the mullions. 2 upper fireplaces: one with a
timber lintel, and the brick coloured and tuck-pointed, the other with a hob
grate inserted below the lintel. The upper ceilings are of later date, with
joists on edge. The roof, in 7 bays, has 2 rows of butt purlins with the
collars of the trusses set high, and with intermediate collars between the
trusses at a lower level. This roof is clearly a replacement over the 2
northern bays. The house stands on a very large rectangular moated site, and
is said to replace a former manor house.
Listing NGR: TM3297182882
Source: English Heritage
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