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Dadd's Village Stores

A Grade II Listed Building in Blackmore, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6929 / 51°41'34"N

Longitude: 0.3188 / 0°19'7"E

OS Eastings: 560366

OS Northings: 201899

OS Grid: TL603018

Mapcode National: GBR NJD.X06

Mapcode Global: VHHMQ.GQX1

Entry Name: Dadd's Village Stores

Listing Date: 20 February 1976

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197177

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373349

Location: Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green, Brentwood, Essex, CM4

County: Essex

District: Brentwood

Civil Parish: Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green

Built-Up Area: Blackmore

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Blackmore St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


723-1/15/46 (North side)
20/02/76 Dadd's Village Stores
(Formerly Listed as:
House and shop east of the Leather
Bottle Inn)


House, now shop and house. c1400, altered in C17 and C20.
Timber-framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles.
2-bay hall facing approximately S with axial stack in left
bay, 3-bay parlour/solar cross-wing to right, 2 bays of a
formerly 3-bay service cross-wing to left. Extensive C20
additions to rear.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. The walls of the hall, originally only
about 2.50m high, have been raised to full 2-storey height, so
that a continuous roof now covers the incomplete left
cross-wing, the raised hall, and overlays the ridge of the
right cross-wing, appearing to form a T-plan. Ground floor,
one C20 casement, and C20 projecting shop window. First floor,
three C20 sashes of 16 lights. C20 half-glazed door with C20
flat canopy on curved brackets. Gablet hips at right end, and
at rear end of right cross-wing. In the right elevation, on
the first floor, is a C17 2-light window comprising one
wrought-iron casement, and one fixed light, with leaded
diamond panes of handmade glass, partly overlaid by a disused
external stack. The ground floor has been extensively altered
for use as a shop.
INTERIOR: all the studs are missing from the rear wall of the
right bay of the hall, and between the hall and the parlour.
Only 2 studs remain of the original partition between the
middle and rear bay of the right cross-wing. All the studs are
missing from the left and rear walls of the rear bay of this
cross-wing. The main posts remain. The central post at the
right end of the hall has one peg for a bench fixing, and the
post to rear of it retains a stub of the former doorhead
between the hall and parlour, and the rebate and both pintle
hinges for the door. The hall has a C17 inserted floor
comprising a chamfered axial beam and plain joists of vertical
section. The right cross-wing has chamfered binding beams and
plain joists of horizontal section jointed to them with
central tenons; at the rear end they are crudely jointed into
a substituted old oak beam, roughly chamfered on both sides, a
C20 insertion. There is a blocked original stair trap in the
rear bay. Both hearths of the axial stack are blocked and
plastered over; the only visible brickwork, at the rear, is
In the left (service) cross-wing, the original partition
between the middle and former rear bay remains, with one
arched brace tranched into the rear of the studs, and the
original doorway with 4-centred head, mutilated. 2 original
service doorways and associated framing have been removed from
their original positions at the left end of the hall (where
the stack is now) and re-erected on either side of a C20
hearth against the left wall. They have chamfered jambs and
4-centred heads, all in excellent condition, but the whole
assembly re-pegged in the C20, the pegs projecting. This part
has been re-floored in the C20 with plain vertical joists,
On the first floor of the hall range the original wallplates
are visible about 0.40m above floor level, and about 1.50m of
C17 framing above, with thin studs and primary straight
bracing. Little framing is exposed at the left end, the former
service cross-wing. In the right (parlour) cross-wing the
original framing survives in exceptionally good order. Both
wallplates are continuous timbers, 8.15m long chamfered with
step stops. The posts are unjowled, with heavy studding and
slightly curved braces trenched to the outside. A cambered
tie-beam with deep arched braces between the front and middle
bays, chamfered with step stops, originally formed an open
truss, but has been infiled with wattle and daub at an early
date, C16 or earlier. The wattle is well fitted in nailed
studs, and its construction is exposed to the rear, in
unusually good order. The original partition between the
middle and rear bays largely survives, with 3 or 4 studs, and
one pintle hinge of the original doorway at the left end. In
the rear wall is an unglazed window with diamond mortices at
top and bottom for one mullion. The middle bay is ceiled, but
where visible the original crownpost roof appears to be
intact, with 2 crownposts, at least 2 axial braces and all the
rafters of the original gablet hip at the rear.
The position and size of building indicate that originally it
was of high status; those parts of it which have not been
altered deserve careful preservation. The first-floor window
in the right wall, and its early glass, merit special care. An
application for conversion to flats is being considered at the
time of this inspection. An estate map of 1832 shows this
house with 2 wings extending to the rear, forming a half-H
plan, and no other attachments. In the First Edition OS map of
1873 it is shown as the Post Office.
(Essex Record Office: D/DQ 50/6).

Listing NGR: TL6036601899

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