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Torrells Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Willingale, Essex

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Latitude: 51.7503 / 51°45'1"N

Longitude: 0.3176 / 0°19'3"E

OS Eastings: 560078

OS Northings: 208275

OS Grid: TL600082

Mapcode National: GBR NHT.93F

Mapcode Global: VHHMJ.G88K

Entry Name: Torrells Hall

Listing Date: 27 August 1957

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1111249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 118501

Location: Willingale, Epping Forest, Essex, CM5

County: Essex

District: Epping Forest

Civil Parish: Willingale

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Willingale St Christopher with Shellow and Berners Roding

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

(North side),
6/31 Torrells Hall


House, late C16th, C18 and c.1800. A very complex building with numerous
alterations and extensions. Part red brick, part gault brick with roofs of
peg tile and slate. The southern, front block is an addition of c.1800 by John
Johnson, County Surveyor (1732-1814) in gault brick with a parapetted, low
pitched slate roof with red ridge tiles. Of two storeys with stone
cornice/parapet and stone band at first floor cill level. The first floor has
three tripartite sash windows with segmental heads and square panes, the centre
window having dummy side lights. The ground floor has 2 similar windows and
a central, projecting, fluted doric porch and original 6 panel door and semi-
circular fanlight. This block was added to the earlier house to the rear
which is substantially of red brickwork and mostly English bond with a variety
of peg tile roofs. To the north-east corner is a two storey block with attics,
with parapetted gable, facing north with moulded brick corbelled shoulders and a
truncated gable finial. The eaves have 3 courses of diagonal brick cornicing
and a massive stack with rounded off-setts abuts its east flank. The north
facing windows are later, double hung sash windows and casements partly within
earlier openings. A two storey block to the S of this has mid C18 diapered
red and grey refacing on its east side with a simple entrance door and a variety
of contemporary double hung sashes with small panes. Two single storey gabled
blocks project out from this face enclosing a small court. To the north of
the main block is a late C17 lean-to extension, now with a slate roof and a
further peg tile and brick lean-to completes the north-west corner. This has
a gabled two light dormer and 3 segmental arched hooded opening, one blocked,
one with a three light casement and one with a repositioned door surround.
This is of the late C16 with moulded cornice and Ionic pilasters with strapwork
and latticed rustication. The interior of the front block shows barrel coved
entrance passage, reeded architraves and cornices, atypical staircase with
straight rod balusters and a pair of 'palmyra' columns defining a dining room
recess. Leaded light window in west flank wall has fragments of old heraldic
glass. The C16 block contains a remarkable complete open well staircase, with
square newells with ogee finials, arcaded inner balustrading and turned,
symmetrical balusters. Adjoining the base of this the remains of a tall
'screen' with giant fluted pilasters on pedestals and an abundance of fret and
strapwork detail. Evidence for heavily framed structure and roof with double
side purlins with wind bracing. Most original fireplace openings now
blocked but a small arch headed and chamfered fireplace remains in a small first
floor room. A number of C16/C17 plank doors survive and some areas of C17
panelling. (RCHM 11).

Listing NGR: TL6007808275

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