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Gainsford Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Toppesfield, Essex

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Latitude: 51.9866 / 51°59'11"N

Longitude: 0.5086 / 0°30'31"E

OS Eastings: 572359

OS Northings: 234984

OS Grid: TL723349

Mapcode National: GBR PGH.HD7

Mapcode Global: VHJHX.RBRF

Entry Name: Gainsford Hall

Listing Date: 21 June 1962

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1317343

English Heritage Legacy ID: 114503

Location: Toppesfield, Braintree, Essex, CO9

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Civil Parish: Toppesfield

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Toppesfield St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

5/1 Gainsford Hall
21.6.62 II

Manor house, C16, altered in C18 and C19. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. 3 bays aligned approx. E-W, aspect N, with axial
chimney stack at W end, and C18 external chimney stack to rear of second bay
from E end. 3-bay E crosswing extending to S, with C18 internal chimney stack,
and single-storey extension with catslide roof in SW angle. 3-bay W crosswing
extending to N, with internal chimney stack against W wall, now terminating
below roof level, and roof re-aligned E-W. Long ancillary building extending
to N of this with many medieval features, weatherboarded. 2 storeys. Half-
glazed door in C19 gabled porch with fretted bargeboards. 3 double-hung sash
windows of 16 lights on ground floor and 5 on first floor, late C18. Exposed
high collar and purlin ends on gable of E crosswing. The E crosswing has an
edge-halved and bridled scarf in the W wallplate, cranked braces to the collar,
and an original E ground-floor window of 3 closely-spaced moulded mullions
retaining original ochre paint. The main range originally had a chimney stack
in the short E bay, but this was removed in the C18. It has plain-chamfered
beams and joists of horizontal section with step stops, and 2 front ground-floor
windows each with 2 moulded mullions and mortices for stiffening bars. On the
first floor there is an unglazed rear window with 3 diamond mullions. The
wallplate scarfs are of a type not previously recorded, face-halved, housed
at both ends, and there is a crownpost roof with plain posts and thin axial
braces. The W wing has plain-chamfered beams with lamb's tongue stops, and
joists of horizontal section with die-away stops.

Listing NGR: TL7235934984

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