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Description: Witnesham Hall
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 286000
OS Grid Reference: TM1771450820
OS Grid Coordinates: 617714, 250820
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1128, 1.1782
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TM 15 SE WITNESHAM CHURCH LANE
1/38 Witnesham Hall
Former manor house, occupied as 2 dwellings. Mid C16 with alterations
probably c.1614 for William Meadowe; extended later C17, and remodelled c.1842
for D.C. Meadows. Originally of 3-cell cross-passage entrance plan. 2
storeys and attics. Timber-framed, encased in red brick c.1842 (much rear
walling retains earlier plasterwork). String course at 1st floor level and
another below ground floor windows. Pilaster-buttresses at corners with ball-
finials. Embattled parapets incorporating dormers with Flemish gables.
Plaintiled roofs with groups of 2 and 3 octagonal chimneys on moulded bases;
mainly internal and of 1842, but a complete C17 stack is at the left hand
gable. Hood-moulded windows with splayed reveals and wood-mullioned and
transomed casements; a 2-storey splayed bay of similar design. Fine 3-storey
entrance porch of c.1614, in red brick, at cross-passage entrance of earlier
house; doorway with imposts and semi-circular head. In the pediment above is
a limestone shield with the vulning pelicans of the Meadowe family. 3 tiers
of brick pilasters capped by ball finials. 3-light mullioned window with
pediment above, and another at attic level. Flemish gable bearing a C19
weathervane. Inner doorway with original plank door and C18 fanlight. In the
cross-passage is a mid C16 plank and muntin screen. In the parlour is an
arched plastered fireplace with fine carved surround and overmantel. The
staircase wing, added c.1600, has balustrading with carved splat-balusters;
original ovolo-moulded mullioned windows with leaded glazing. In a later C17
rear wing is another fine carved fireplace surround. Said to be the
birthplace in 1759 of William Kirby, entomologist.
Listing NGR: TM1771450820
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Source: English Heritage
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