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Brownings Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Chigwell, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6287 / 51°37'43"N

Longitude: 0.1124 / 0°6'44"E

OS Eastings: 546305

OS Northings: 194318

OS Grid: TQ463943

Mapcode National: GBR PY.305

Mapcode Global: VHHMZ.WBS9

Entry Name: Brownings Farmhouse

Listing Date: 28 June 1954

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1337262

English Heritage Legacy ID: 118553

Location: Chigwell, Epping Forest, Essex, IG7

County: Essex

District: Epping Forest

Civil Parish: Chigwell

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text

5/2 Brownings
28.6. 54 Farmhouse

House, late medieval and later, extended c.1800. Timber framed, plastered,
roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Aligned approx. NE-SW, late medieval
service crosswing to NE, central section largely rebuilt in C16, SW crosswing
of undetermined date. Central chimney stack, external chimney stacks on NE
and SW walls. Small lean-to extensions on NE and SW walls. To the NW of the
SW crosswing a large extension, c.1800, with double gables to NW and SE, and
NE chimney, the SW side forming the present entrance elevation. The SE
elevation, towards Gravel Lane, exhibits 3 gable ends of which the middle is
the largest, 2 storeys with attic, 2 storeys elsewhere. Each side wing has
a late C19 bay of 2 storeys with tiled hipped roof and double-hung sash windows
of 2-4-2 lights. The middle section has a casement window on each floor. The
main door, at the S corner of the NW wing, is of 6 flush panels with rectangular
light over, with fan and garland tracery of wood, and inside, a wrought iron
grill with radiating spikes. This is set in a recessed porch with shallow hood
on consoles. There is a large stone step with wrought iron shoescraper each
side. All the windows of this wing are double-hung sash windows of 12 lights,
c.1800, with many panes of crown glass. The SW lean-to extension has one C17
wrought iron casement, with later alterations in wood. The NE crosswing, the
earliest part of the present building, is lower than the remainder, with a
queen post roof, and edge-halved and bridled scarfs in the wallplates. The
ground floor was originally divided into 2 service rooms, partition now removed,
but the post rebated for twin service doors is visible. The medieval cross-
entry at the NE end of the central section is still present, with an ancient
door of exceptional width at the rear end, the front end blocked to form a
cupboard. It is not clear how much of the structure of the medieval hall
remains; this section has been rebuilt with clasped purlin roof on a NW-SE
alignment, an unusual treatment. The floor has a plain-chamfered beam with step
stops also aligned NW-SE, and exposed joists of square section, unchamfered,
C16. Little dating evidence is visible in the SW wing, but it may be cl?. The
NW wing has a plain stair, and on the first floor a fireplace of Adam-derived
style and a corner cupboard, c.1800. A report in the possession of the owner by
C. Johnson, Epping Rural District Council, 1970, records the documentary history
of Brownings Farm with all its occupiers since 1468.

Listing NGR: TQ4630594318

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