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Rook Hall Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Cressing, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8555 / 51°51'19"N

Longitude: 0.6012 / 0°36'4"E

OS Eastings: 579238

OS Northings: 220634

OS Grid: TL792206

Mapcode National: GBR QKH.NTH

Mapcode Global: VHJJK.CMQF

Entry Name: Rook Hall Farmhouse

Listing Date: 21 December 1967

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1306803

English Heritage Legacy ID: 116387

Location: Cressing, Braintree, Essex, CM77

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Civil Parish: Cressing

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text

TL 72 SE (west side)

1/63 Rook Hall Farmhouse


House. C16 to C17, altered in C18 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red plain tiles. Main range of 3 bays facing NE, with central
stack forming a lobby-entrance. Rear range surviving from part of a late
medieval house, forming a T-plan. Small single-storey extension to right. Rear
extensions of various dates. 2 storeys and attics. 2 early C19 sashes of 16
lights on each floor, and one C18 sash of 12 lights over door. Crown glass.
Central double doors each with 3 fielded panels, plastered doorcase with
rusticated jambs, pulvinated frieze and moulded and dentilled pediment.
Elevation slightly asymmetrical. 4 square shafts with ovolo-moulded cornice
emerge from roof, becoming octagonal above cornice, with spiked caps, restored.
The main range has jowled posts, straight bracing at first floor only,
interrupting the studding. 2 main studs in each long bay, enclosing the
windows. Chamfered axial beams with lamb's tongue stops. Face-halved and
bladed scarfs in wallplates. Straight tiebeams. One extra tiebeam and pair of
principal rafters in each long bay. Clasped purlin roof with near-straight wind
bracing. The rear wing comprises the service bay of a late medieval house, and
one bay containing a newel stair. An incomplete carved inscription on the front
girt of the right bay of the main range has the numerals 75 and 3 initials,
suggesting a marriage in 1575; the initials have not proved to be identifiable,
as the parish registers for the appropriate period have not survived.
Structural features of this range would be compatible with a date of circa 1600
or in the early C17. (C.A. Hewett, English Historic Carpentry, 1980, 225-6 and
269). RCHM 7.

Listing NGR: TL7923820634

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