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A Grade II Listed Building in Greenstead Green and Halstead Rural, Essex

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Latitude: 51.9189 / 51°55'8"N

Longitude: 0.645 / 0°38'42"E

OS Eastings: 581996

OS Northings: 227793

OS Grid: TL819277

Mapcode National: GBR QJS.MWT

Mapcode Global: VHJJD.41C8

Plus Code: 9F32WJ9W+H2

Entry Name: Rivenshall

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Last Amended: 10 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1123212

English Heritage Legacy ID: 115992

Location: Greenstead Green and Halstead Rural, Braintree, Essex, CO9

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Greenstead Green and Halstead Rural

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Greenstead Green

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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HALSTEAD RURAL (south side)

5/154 Rivenshall (Formerly listed
7.8.52 as Ravenshall Farmhouse)

- II

House. Late C16 and C17, possibly earlier. Timber framed, plastered, roofed
with handmade red clay tiles. Complex plan comprising (1) main range facing SE
with axial stack to left of centre, (2) 3-bay range to rear of right end,
c.1600, with central stack, (3) C17 rear wing behind middle of main range, with
small single-storey lean-to extension beyond, (4) shorter and lower range at
left end of main range, with large single-storey lean-to extensions to left,
forming a catslide, and to rear. 2 storeys. Ground floor, one C19 casement,
one C20 casement, and one C20 bay. First floor, 2 C19 and 2 C20 casements.
Flush 6-panel door with simple pediment head. Roofs hipped. 4 grouped
octagonal shafts on each of 2 stacks. Cast iron rainhead. In the right return
are 2 C18 3-light windows with rectangular leading, each with a wrought iron
casement, and one 2-light window with ovolo mullions, moved from elsewhere. The
main range has remnants of an earlier, open hall build and a fragment of an
aisle sole plate and octagonal post with moulded capital and base, parts of a
former spere truss, and other remnants in an adjoining barn. The SW block is a
well-carpentered structure of one storey with original attics, of one long bay
between 2 short bays. The middle bay has a full-width ovolo-mullioned window of
6 lights. The structure consists of a series of storey posts with moulded
imposts 2/3 of the way up, supporting the bridging beams. The attic, designed
to be occupied, has a butt-purlin roof with heavy double collars. The
intermediate posts are unjowled. The SE end wall is of interrupted tiebeam
design to gain a large attic window. This curious building seems to have been
contrived as an independent cottage of markedly original design. At a later
date the NE wall of this building was interrupted by the introduction of the
western stack. This provided an arched fireplace of 3-centred curvature to the
SW, and a fireplace with timber lintel to the NE. RCHM 8.

Listing NGR: TL8199627793

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