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Comarques

A Grade II* Listed Building in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8599 / 51°51'35"N

Longitude: 1.1571 / 1°9'25"E

OS Eastings: 617489

OS Northings: 222640

OS Grid: TM174226

Mapcode National: GBR TQ6.CCV

Mapcode Global: VHLCS.0JK0

Entry Name: Comarques

Listing Date: 29 April 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1112108

English Heritage Legacy ID: 120309

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken, Tendring, Essex, CO16

County: Essex

District: Tendring

Civil Parish: Thorpe-le-Soken

Built-Up Area: Thorpe-le-Soken

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Thorpe-le-Soken

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

THORPE-LE-SOKEN COLCHESTER ROAD
TM 1622-1722 (south side)

8/80 Comarques
29.4.52
GV II*

House. Mid-C18, extended in C19 and C20. Red brick in Flemish bond, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. Double range plan facing SE, with 2 internal
stacks in each return. Early C19 2-storey extension with hipped roof to left of
front range, and C20 flat-roofed single-storey extension beyond. C20 extension
to left of rear range, 2-storey and single-storey, facing NW. 2 storeys with
attics. 6-window range of early C19 sashes with octagonal panes of crown glass,
in original apertures with gauged flat arches, and on the first floor, central
Venetian window with similar glazing, 2 panes having ogee heads, with triglyph
frieze. In attic, 4 sashes of 4 lights in dormers with moulded pediments, and
central Diocletian window with similar octagonal glazing, 2 panes having ogee
heads, in round arch of gauged brick. Central door with 8 recessed octagonal
panels, fanlight with radial glazing bars and gilt lionhead keystone, doorcase
with attached Ionic columns with gilt capitals, pulvinated frieze and dentilled
pediment. Rusticated brick quoins. Band of rubbed brick above first-floor
window heads. Moulded pediment, moulded brick cornice, plain parapet. 5 cast
iron roundels above first-floor window level. The extensions to the left have
on the ground floor 3 C20 reproductions of the sashes with octagonal panes.
Dogtooth eaves course on C19 extension. The rear range is hipped at the right
end. The rear elevation has on the ground floor one C18 splayed bay of sashes
of 12 lights, one early C19 sash of 8 + 12 lights, one C18 sash of 12 lights,
and one C20 reproduction, and on the first floor 3 C18 sashes of 12 lights and 3
C20 reproductions; 6-panel door with moulded canopy on scrolled brackets. Over
the door is a plaque inscribed 'Enoch Arnold Bennett, author, lived here,
1913-1921'. There is a straight joint between the central door and the splayed
bay. A brick in the right return is inscribed 'W. Whatey 1755', probably the
master builder and date of construction. (P. Morant, The History and
Antiquities of the County of Essex, 1768, I, 482). Named after Captain Comarque
who occupied the site in 1717, but Morant is wrong in reporting that this house
was built by him (E.A. Wood, A History of Thorpe-le-Soken to the year 1890,
1975, 153-4). The 1962 schedule states that this was at one time the house of
Earl Attlee, and is supported by Essex Review, 54 (1945, 170, the period given
as 1899-1903; but it is contradicted by the official biography (K. Harris,
Attlee, 1982, 2-17). A sale catalogue indicates that the house passed through
the hands of Messrs. Druces and Attlee, solicitors, Clement Attlee's father's
firm (Essex Record Office, B. 5083).


Listing NGR: TM1748922640

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