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Oak Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in High Roding, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8314 / 51°49'53"N

Longitude: 0.3253 / 0°19'31"E

OS Eastings: 560324

OS Northings: 217311

OS Grid: TL603173

Mapcode National: GBR NGV.51W

Mapcode Global: VHHM4.L7BC

Entry Name: Oak Cottage

Listing Date: 17 October 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1101732

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352748

Location: High Roothing, Uttlesford, Essex, CM6

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford

Civil Parish: High Roothing

Built-Up Area: High Roding

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: High Roding All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


4/8 Oak Cottage


Two houses, C15 and C16, combined to form one, with C20 extensions. Timber
framed, plastered, roof tiled. This complicated building comprises (1) at the
NE end, a 2-storey building of 2 bays aligned NW-SE, exhibiting weathered
timber to the SW, surviving from a larger house of which nothing else remains,
C16, and (2) a C15 hall house consisting of 3 bays aligned NE-SW. The small
space between them has been infilled. 2 storey extension to rear (NW) and
additional single-storey extension, C20. 2 storeys. On the ground floor, 3
C20 casement windows, 4 on first floor. Gablet roof at NE end, gabled at SW
end. Some timber framing exposed internally. A jetty has been constructed at
the front of the NE building after the initial construction, a rare feature.
A chimney stack of 2 hearths has been inserted at the SW end of the middle bay
of the hall house, late C16. To the NE of it an inserted floor consists of
axial beam and common joists, all with elaborate roll mouldings, c.1500 but
this has been truncated at the NE end and supported by a C17 transverse beam,
plain apart from chamfers and chamfer stops. To NE of this an area of plain
joists probably indicates the site of a former timber framed chimney and the
short space between the buildings. In the roof there is evidence of major
rebuilding in the C16. All 4 braces of a crownpost (2 arch-braces to the
collar-purlin, 2 curved down-braces to the tiebeam) have been retained, all
smoke-blackened, but the post itself has been replaced. This curious operation.
probably implies that the original crownpost had a moulded cap and base, and
the construction of a wattled partition at that point in the C16 required a
plainer crownpost. Elsewhere smoke-blackened rafters have been retained but
re-set. The roof of the NE wing is of clasped purlin construction. An
interesting repair to a tiebeam one bay from the SW end consists of a splint
connected to the tiebeam by a joint not unlike a trait-de-Jupiter scarf, with
large edge-pegs and hand-made nails, implying a sophisticated carpentry
technique, probably no later than the C17.

Listing NGR: TL6032417311

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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