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Unity Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Coggeshall, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8706 / 51°52'14"N

Longitude: 0.685 / 0°41'5"E

OS Eastings: 584942

OS Northings: 222525

OS Grid: TL849225

Mapcode National: GBR QKF.L0K

Mapcode Global: VHJJL.T7HT

Plus Code: 9F32VMCM+7X

Entry Name: Unity Cottage

Listing Date: 31 October 1966

Last Amended: 6 September 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1123890

English Heritage Legacy ID: 116252

Location: Coggeshall, Braintree, Essex, CO6

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Town: Braintree

Civil Parish: Coggeshall

Built-Up Area: Coggeshall

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Coggeshall with Markshall

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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(south side)

9/223 No. 5 (Unity Cottage)
31.10.66 (formerly listed as
no. 5, with nos. 1 and
3 in same item)


Part of house, now house. C14 and C16, altered in C20. Timber framed,
plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. One bay and 2 incomplete bays
of an originally 3-bay crosswing of a former hall house extending to the left,
on the site of what is now nos. 1 and 3 (item 9/222, q.v.). Late C16 external
stack to rear left. C16 2-bay wing to rear. 2 storeys. Ground floor, C20 bow
window below reconstructed jetty with 2 C20 brackets. First floor, one early
C19 sash of 10+10 lights. C20 door in right return. Roof reconstructed to
align with that of nos. 1 and 3. In the right return, on the upper floor, are 2
late C16 windows each with one ovolo mullion, 2 diamond saddle bars, and modern
glazing. In the left elevation on the upper floor is a C20 imitation similar
window. Roof of rear wing hipped. The middle and front bays have longitudinal
plain joists of heavy square section, jointed to the binding beam with central
tenons. The lower front wall has been reconstructed to form a jetty, without
pegged joints, in plan aligning with that of no. 3 but approximately 0.75 metre
below it. The joists of the rear bay are transverse, much altered in the left
half, probably replacing a stair. Transverse partition between middle and rear
bays removed. In right wall, blocked late C16 window with one ovolo mullion,
saddle bars missing. Wide wood-burning hearth with jambs 0.33 metre wide, a
re-used early C16 mantel beam with cranked top and chamfered soffit, unstopped,
and curved internal splays; all re-pointed with cement mortar. The rear wing
has chamfered axial beams, plain joists of horizontal section jointed to them
with unrefined soffit tenons, and a complete studded partition between the bays.
In the front range a steeply cambered tiebeam with 2 arched braces 0.12 metre
wide, formerly between 2 bays of similar length, is now near the front; probably
the front bay originally extended to the edge of West Street. There is no
evidence of a crownpost. The rear tiebeam is similar, retaining one of 2 arched
braces; the base of a square crownpost is visible below the ceiling, unpegged.
No access to roof, but this appears to be an inserted crownpost of the
continuous roof over nos. 1 and 3, built c.1500. The right wallplate of the
rear wing is half-lapped to that of the original crosswing; the left wallplate
starts to the rear of the stack. RCHM 81.

Listing NGR: TL8494222525

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