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48-49 Paices Hill

A Grade II Listed Building in Aldermaston, West Berkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3729 / 51°22'22"N

Longitude: -1.1516 / 1°9'5"W

OS Eastings: 459150

OS Northings: 164100

OS Grid: SU591641

Mapcode National: GBR 93Q.X88

Mapcode Global: VHCZN.0R1F

Entry Name: 48-49 Paices Hill

Listing Date: 10 November 1983

Last Amended: 9 March 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1154957

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39510

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire, RG7

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Aldermaston

Built-Up Area: Tadley

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Aldermaston

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

ALDERMASTON PAICES HILL (west side)
SU 56 SE
6/22 Nos. 48 And 49

- II

House, now 2 houses. C17. Timber framed with brick nogging, curved braces, old
tile roof with end stacks and wing projecting to south with end stack. L-plan.
3 framed bays with 2 bay framed wing. 2 storeys. South front: C19 first floor
casement to left and C20 casement to right; C19 ground floor casement to left and
C20 casement to right with 2 C20 half glazed doors between. C20 one storey lean-
to to right with casement. Left-hand return wall with one C20 first floor case-
ment and 2 C20 ground floor casements. Queen post truss exposed in gable end to
east.


Listing NGR: SU5914564090

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Summary

A C17 cottage, extended in a number of phases to form two dwellings.

Description

A C17 cottage, extended in a number of phases to form two dwellings. Fire-damaged in 2016.

MATERIALS: No 49 is timber-framed and has brick nogging laid in stretcher bond; subsequent phases are built from brick using a mix of bonds. Where the roofs survive, on No 48 and on the western outshut, they are covered in clay tiles.

PLAN: the building has an irregular footprint; the main range runs E-W and has a cross-wing to the SW, forming an L-shaped plan. Single-storey outshuts have been built on the E and W ends, and there is a two-storey extension to the N.

EXTERIOR: 49 consists of three timber-framed bays, with a two-bay cross-wing. The metal frames of a number of windows survive, as do external brick chimneystacks. The C20 outshut on the W survives; it is built of brick laid in Flemish bond and has two metal-framed windows and a modern door.

49 consists of two bays built upon the E end of the original cottage. It is constructed of brick laid in English bond, with brick lintels to the openings, and timber framing in its E gable. It has an outshut built upon the E gable end, and a two-storey pitched extension on the N, built in Flemish bond. Windows are irregularly sized and are a mix of metal-famed and leaded timber casements.

INTERIOR: the interior of 49 could not be inspected, however, it was clear that much internal joinery and any fixtures were destroyed by the fire. The joists of the floor frame appeared badly burned, and the deep spine beam was heavily charred. A simple cast iron fire surround survives in the gable end of the cross wing.

In the stair hall of 48, the timber framing and queen post truss of the E gable of the original cottage are exposed. There are a number of C19 ledge and plank doors, but no other features of note.

History

48-49 Paices Hill was listed in 1983, and was described as a C17 house, extended to form two dwellings. In 2016 the building was subject to fire, which caused much damage to No 49. From map evidence, and based on the surviving fabric, it appears that the original building was the eastern three bays of the E-W range, which was extended with a cross-wing to the S, and then extended again to the E. Outshut extensions were added to the E and W, and the two-storey extension to the N, in which the stairs of both dwellings are located, dates from the early to mid-C20.

49 has fragmentary remains internally, and lost much of its roof structure in the fire; roof timbers survive in the gables. The external timber-framed walls are extant. 48, which consists of the eastern and northern extensions, survives substantially intact.

Reasons for Listing

48-49 Paices Hill, a C17 house, extended and converted to two dwellings, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Proportion of surviving fabric: as a C17 building which retains a significant proportion of historic fabric, including timber-framed walls and elements of the roof;
* Architectural interest: this historic development of the building is evident in the surviving fabric, the plan remains legible, and the building is reflective of the vernacular traditions of the area.

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