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Outbuilding to West of Tower Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Little Downham, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.4346 / 52°26'4"N

Longitude: 0.2333 / 0°13'59"E

OS Eastings: 551916

OS Northings: 284194

OS Grid: TL519841

Mapcode National: GBR M61.CSZ

Mapcode Global: VHHJ6.025G

Entry Name: Outbuilding to West of Tower Farmhouse

Listing Date: 5 February 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1160886

English Heritage Legacy ID: 49475

Location: Downham, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB6

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Downham

Built-Up Area: Little Downham

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Downham

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

(North Side)

4/22 Outbuilding to west
5.2.52 of Tower Farmhouse


Outbuilding formerly the gatehouse to the Bishop of Ely's Palace. Built for
Bishop Alcock (1486-1500). Red brick with deeper red brick diaper patterning;
plinth coursed in English bond with chamfered limestone band, limestone dressings
to quoins and openings. Reroofed with corrugated iron. Possibly of several original
storeys, height reduced to two storeys with walls and door jambs in rear elevation
of rear wing demolished. South elevation: Pedestrian entrance to left of centre
through moulded four-centred arch with panelled overmantel and superimposed crocketed
ogee arch enclosing a cock, the rebus of Bishop Alcock. Windows with round-headed-
lights, drip moulds and chamfered mullions, two single-light ground floor windows
and one three-light window to right hand of entrance; one large five-light window
reduced in height at first floor and two single-light windows to right hand.
Interior: The original plan was of an entrance hallwith guardroom and doorway to
staircase from the cross passage with an inner room to the right hand. The end
room was possibly tunnel vaulted and the hall has springings for two bays of fan
vaulting. The room divisions are repeated at first floor. The Lease of 1746 'with
covenant to repair tower said to have been gatehouse... into a good farmhouse'.

Bishopsic of Ely Lease Book. June 1746, P318-321
R.C.H.M. (notes and measured drawings) 1977
V.C.H. p92
Pevsner: Buildings of England p330
Patterson, W: The Village and the Church 1974

Listing NGR: TL5191684194

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