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Great Codham Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wethersfield, Essex

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Latitude: 51.9239 / 51°55'26"N

Longitude: 0.5265 / 0°31'35"E

OS Eastings: 573825

OS Northings: 228058

OS Grid: TL738280

Mapcode National: GBR PH9.7YC

Mapcode Global: VHJJ4.2XP0

Entry Name: Great Codham Hall

Listing Date: 21 December 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1337873

English Heritage Legacy ID: 115650

Location: Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Civil Parish: Wethersfield

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Wethersfield St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

TL 72 NW

CODHAM'S LANE (south side)
Great Codham Hall



House. Early C14, altered and extended in C16 , early C17 and C18. Timber framed, plastered,
roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Early to mid C14 3-bay crosswing facing NW, with 2
crosswings of C16 and early C17 extending to the rear, and C18 extension to the rear, forming an
approximately square plan with internal stacks. Two storeys and attics. Entrance elevation, 7 window
range ofC20 sashes of 4 lights. Central 6-panel door in C20 pedimented and pilastered porch with
double half-glazed doors at front. The central part of the front elevation projects forward from the
left part, and the right part projects forward again. Plain parapet, hipped roofs. The SE elevation has
two 2-storey bows, each with 3 windows on each floor. Ground floor has 8 Cl9/C20 sashes of 6+9
lights, and central full-height sash of 6+12 lights. First floor has 6 C19/C20 sashes of 6+6 lights and
central Venetian window. Interior has jowled posts and late C16 inserted stack at left end of C14
wing, with moulded and carved mantel beam. Moulded and carved ceiling beams. Four centred
door head with carved spandrels giving access to the two bay C16 front range. The roof is of coupled
rafter construction with both the collars and soulaces mortise and tenon jointed. One crown post is
missing from the heavily cambered front (north) tie beam which has a bowtell moulding with a
hollow chamfer below. The braces are now missing and there is no evidence for spandrel struts. The
rear tie beam is of flat section with the same mouldings as those on the front tie beam. The
crownpost is octagonal and has axial bracing. The great height of the hall is exceptional. Of interest
is the early C17 5-bay range which, with its chambers entered off a corridor, is more characteristic
of a lodgings range found in connection with colleges and inns. Morant states that the extravagance
of John Wentworth Esq led to the wasting of the estates (1623) and Lady Anne Viscountess
Dorchester had the court belonging to Great Codham-hall, which she sold to Dr Clerke sometime
after 1637. RCHM 3.

Listing NGR: TL7382528058

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