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Latitude: 51.9512 / 51°57'4"N
Longitude: 0.49 / 0°29'23"E
OS Eastings: 571212
OS Northings: 231002
OS Grid: TL712310
Mapcode National: GBR PGV.QP4
Mapcode Global: VHJJ3.F7W2
Entry Name: Numbers 1-4 Simm's Farmhouse
Listing Date: 21 December 1967
Last Amended: 19 March 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1123356
English Heritage Legacy ID: 115622
Location: Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7
Civil Parish: Wethersfield
Built-Up Area: Wethersfield
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Wethersfield St Mary Magdalene
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
TL 73 SW and TL 7031-7131
1/108 and 5/108
Nos 1-4 (consecutive)
Simm's Farmhouse,(formerly listed as Sims and Nos 1-3 Sims Cottages)
House, divided into 4 dwellings. C16 or earlier, altered in C20. Timber
framed, plastered and weatherboarded, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Main
range of 3 bays aligned NE-SW with axial stack at NE end, and late C16 3-bay
crosswing beyond, extending to NW. Single-storey lean-to extension in W angle.
At the S corner this house meets another smaller house extending to the SE,
comprising a 'Unit System' pair (No. 1, Sim's Cottage, item 1/109, q.v.).
C19/C20 extension in the W angle between them, the whole forming a Z-plan.
External stack at SW end, and C20 single-storey lean-to extension beyond. Main
range of 2 storeys, crosswing of 2 storeys with attics. NE elevation (to
Braintree Road), one C20 casement on ground floor, and on first floor late C17
'Ipswich' window with 2 wrought iron casements and rectangular leading. C20
door. Panel of late C17 pargetting in high relief, of conventional foliage and
scrolls, much restored in C20. On NW of crosswing, projecting gable, the
bressumer carved with spiral leaf design, carved pendants and hanging brackets,
infilled with weatherboarding. Scattered fenestration on this elevation, with 3
C20 doors. The SE gable also projects, with a carved bressumer (much weathered),
exposed close studding, high collar and clasped purlins. The remainder of this
elevation is weatherboarded. 6 grouped round shafts, of which 4 are fluted,
rebuilt at top. Sprockets below eaves.
Listing NGR: TL7121231002
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