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The Ancient House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Steeple Bumpstead, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0431 / 52°2'35"N

Longitude: 0.4495 / 0°26'58"E

OS Eastings: 568089

OS Northings: 241129

OS Grid: TL680411

Mapcode National: GBR PFN.SKB

Mapcode Global: VHJHH.RX04

Plus Code: 9F422CVX+6R

Entry Name: The Ancient House

Listing Date: 21 June 1962

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1122307

English Heritage Legacy ID: 114197

Location: Steeple Bumpstead, Braintree, Essex, CB9

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Civil Parish: Steeple Bumpstead

Built-Up Area: Steeple Bumpstead

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Steeple Bumpstead St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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21/6/62 The Ancient House


Hall house, C15, altered in C16 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. 2-bay hall aligned approx. N-S, aspect W, with integral
service bay to S and 3-bay crosswing to N, jettied to the W. Late C16 axial
chimney stack in N bay of hall, early C17 external stack on N side of crosswing,
C19/20 external stack at S end. Single-storey extensions to N and E of
crosswing. 2 storeys in crosswing, remainder of one storey with attics. C20
door, 5 C20 metal casement windows. 4 plain brackets and exposed joists below
jetty. First floor, one C20 metal casement window and one more in gabled
dormer. Grouped diagonal shafts on central and N chimney stacks, rebuilt
C19/20. The interior has jowled posts, heavy studding and cambered tiebeams.
The crosswing has a plain-chamfered binding beam with broach stops, and plain
joists of horizontal section. There is a large blocked unglazed window in the E
wall of the hall, divided by a late C16 inserted floor on pegged clamps, with
all joists of horizontal section, plain-chamfered with lamb's tongue stops.
There are edge-halved and bridled scarfs in both wallplates, and the original
crownpost roof is substantially present, heavily smoke-blackened, but the
central crownpost and collar-purlin are missing. At the S end of the hall the
upper studs retain original wattle and daub infill, heavily smoke-blackened. The
crosswing has a plain crownpost with curved braces to the collar-purlin; above
this the roof has been rebuilt in softwood. There are 2 C16 moulded doors in
the crosswing, one at the entrance to the parlour and possibly in its original
position, the other re-positioned on the first floor. On the ground floor a
section of C16 panelling has been re-used as a door. RCHM 18.

Listing NGR: TL6808941129

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