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Description: Church Farmhouse
Date Listed: 27 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 282301
OS Grid Reference: TM2999984150
OS Grid Coordinates: 629999, 284150
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4070, 1.3800
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SOUTH ELMHAM ST. CROSS
TM 38 SW
4/41 Church Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Late C15, remodelled in late C16. 2 storeys; 3-cell form.
Timber-framed and rendered; clay pantiles. 2 internal chimney-stacks have
rebuilt red brick shafts, square, with a raised band and corbelled head. 3-
light mid-C20 replacement casement windows with plain glass to lights, 4 to
the upper floor, and 3, similar but taller, to the ground floor. Plank door,
with a C20 gabled porch roof, supported on brackets. Frame in 5 bays,
formerly with a 2-bay open hall and 2 storied ends. The partition wall at the
service end has been moved, and the 2 service rooms made into one. The open
truss of the hall has a cambered tie-beam supported by arched braces and
surmounted by the remains of a plain queen-post truss, but all the rafters
were replaced in the late C17 by a butt-purlin roof and it is not clear
whether the original roof had a second tier. Its surviving components are
smoke-blackened. The inserted stack, between the hall and the parlour,
initially heated only the hall, with a second hearth added later: both ground
floor hearths have timber lintels. The inserted ceiling in the hall has 2
deep trimmers to the main beam and unchamfered joists. The 2-bay parlour is
unusually large and settlement of the gable wall has led to the joists being
raised and partly replaced; a blocked stair-trap in one corner; late C17
rebuilding of part of the front wall included the insertion of a 6-light
mullioned window. Reversed braces at the corners in the room above.
Listing NGR: TM2999984150
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Source: English Heritage
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