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Chigwell Grammar School

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chigwell, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6251 / 51°37'30"N

Longitude: 0.0811 / 0°4'51"E

OS Eastings: 544150

OS Northings: 193863

OS Grid: TQ441938

Mapcode National: GBR P3.73M

Mapcode Global: VHHMZ.CF60

Entry Name: Chigwell Grammar School

Listing Date: 28 June 1954

Last Amended: 29 May 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1111240

English Heritage Legacy ID: 118584

Location: Chigwell, Epping Forest, Essex, IG7

County: Essex

District: Epping Forest

Civil Parish: Chigwell

Built-Up Area: Chigwell

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text

4/16 chigwell grammer
28.6.54 School[formerly listed
as The grammer school] iI*

School, c.1620, extended in C18 and C19. Red brick, English bond, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. The original block is aligned NE-SW, aspect SE, and
comprised the English School at the SW end, the Latin'School, and the Latin
Master's house at the'NE end. 3 external chimney stacks on rear wall and one
internal stack in front pitch of roof in Latin Master's house. Crosswing to
NE with chimney stack at SE end, C18, and 2 parallel ranges to NE, C19. Rear
wing at SW end, C19. Porch, C19. 2 storeys with attics. SE elevation, C19
porch of red brick with stone quoins and stone doorway with 4-centred head and
crest dated 1629, blocking and partly covering the original twin doorways into
the English and Latin schools, the brick Tudor arches partly visible. 3 large
windows of 12 lights, mullioned and transomed, inaccurate reproductions of the
original C17 windows. 2 tripartite double-hung sash windows of 4-15-4 lights
in Venetian groups, C18. First floor, 2 windows of 4 lights with splayed
mullions and surrounds of plastered brick, original, each of 2 fixed lights,
and 2 wrought iron casements with rectangular leading. Small blocked aperture
between them. Parapet with stone coping. 3 flat-roofed dormers with C20
casement windows. The brickwork contains some blue flared headers in random
arrangement, and is repaired in places. The rear chimney stacks are
substantially original to eaves height, upper parts rebuilt. All the ilw and
SW windows.are C19/20 reproductions except one, blocked, visible above the C19
extension at the SW end, with ovolo-moulded brick mullions. SW elevation of
SE wing, plum brick, Flemish bond. 6-panel door in doorcase of 2 engaged Doric
columns with dentilled open pediment, fanlight with curved geometrical tracery,
2 stone steps with moulded nosings and wrought iron shoescraper. 2 double-hung
sash windows on ground floor, 3 on first floor, each of 12 lights, with flat
arches of gauged red brick, C18. In the English School, now converted to a
library, 2 tiebeams with shallow arched braces, moulded pendants, queen posts
shaped like flat balusters. Hearth re-bricked inside. Of the other rear
hearths, one is blocked, the other now forms a seat recess. The school is well
illustrated before the C19 alterations in an exterior drawing by J.C. Buckler,
c.1820, and an exterior and interior by F.W. Fairholt, c.1850 (Stott, plates
13, 14, 15). Stott (p.26) argues convincingly that although the foundation
deed is dated 1629, the school was built soon after Archbishop Harsnett
purchased the site in 1619, and in operation by 1623. Sufficient of the
original structure and detail remains to be a valuable record of architectural
features of that period. RCHM 6.

Listing NGR: TQ4415093863

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