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Troys Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Fairstead, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8232 / 51°49'23"N

Longitude: 0.5746 / 0°34'28"E

OS Eastings: 577527

OS Northings: 216973

OS Grid: TL775169

Mapcode National: GBR PJJ.N2L

Mapcode Global: VHJJQ.XF3P

Plus Code: 9F32RHFF+7R

Entry Name: Troys Hall

Listing Date: 2 May 1953

Last Amended: 13 March 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1123457

English Heritage Legacy ID: 115369

Location: Fairstead, Braintree, Essex, CM3

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Civil Parish: Fairstead

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Fairstead St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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2/16 Troys Hall
(formerly listed as
2.5.53 Great Troys)
- II*
House. C.1400, altered in C16. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade
red clay tiles. 2-bay hall facing approx. SW, with early C16 stack in right bay
against front wall, and 2-bay parlour/solar crosswing to left. Early Cl6 2-bay
crosswing to right, extended to rear by one bay in late C16. Late C16 external
stack to right of right crosswing. C18 one-bay extension to rear of left
crosswing. Late C16 extension to left of left crosswing, with C18 end stack,
and C20 flat-roofed single-storey extension in left rear angle. Crosswings of 2
storeys, remainder of one storey with attics. Ground floor, 4 C20 casements, 2
early C19 tripartite sashes of 4-12-4 lights. First floor, 2 C20 sashes, 2 C20
casements in gabled dormers. C20 half-glazed door. Both crosswings are jettied
to the front. Right crosswing hipped at rear. Jowled posts, close studding.
The hall has restored framing at the left end, an inserted floor with chamfered
axial beam with lamb's tongue stops, and a crownpost roof, heavily smoke-
blackened. The central crownpost has wide 4-way rising braces, complete, and
all rafters and collars are present. The inserted stack is concealed by modern
materials, but is reported to have blind arcading and other early features. The
left crosswing has half-height jowls, a chamfered binding beam with step stops,
and mortices for short braces to it. In the left wall there are 2 blocked
unglazed windows on the first floor, one complete with 3 diamond mullions, the
other with diamond mortices for 3 mullions, both with shutter grooves. Cambered
tiebeam, crownpost roof with plain post and wide axial braces. The right
crosswing has diamond mortices and shutter grooves for unglazed windows at front
and back, chamfered posts with square stops, a chamfered binding beam with step
stops, a cambered tiebeam and crownpost roof. The crownpost is chamfered to an
octagon, with step stops, and axial braces. The rear hip is original, but has
been moved approx. 1.50 metres to the rear when the extension was added,
apparently without any alteration, a rare, perhaps unique, development. The
left extension has a clasped purlin roof which is lightly smoke-blackened,
possibly implying that it was used for a fairly short period in the C16 as an
open hall after the main hall was floored, or as a kitchen/bakehouse. The
outside of the brick chimney is also smoke-blackened, so some at least of the
blackening of the roof may be due to leakage. Moated site. RCHM 9.

Listing NGR: TL7752716973

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