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Yew Tree House

A Grade II Listed Building in Witcham, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3984 / 52°23'54"N

Longitude: 0.1488 / 0°8'55"E

OS Eastings: 546295

OS Northings: 279990

OS Grid: TL462799

Mapcode National: GBR L50.NFB

Mapcode Global: VHHJ4.JZJ8

Plus Code: 9F4294XX+9G

Entry Name: Yew Tree House

Listing Date: 5 February 1952

Last Amended: 18 August 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1163113

English Heritage Legacy ID: 49586

Location: Witcham, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB6

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Witcham

Built-Up Area: Witcham

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Witcham

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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(North side)

18/56 No 2 (Yew Tree House)
(formerly listed as
5.2.52 Yew Tree Farmhouse)


House. Late C16-early C17. Narrow red brick, English bond with steeply pitched
roof, now covered in concrete interlocking tiles. End parapets on kneelers with
part of brickwork to a corbel or gable end finial at the east end. Side stack
with adjacent staircase projects slightly from the north wall. end stacks. Single
range plan of three rooms. Two storeys and attic. Front wall has three first floor
three light iron frame casements probably late C17 or C18 enlargements. One original
small window in hollow moulded stone surround. The three ground floor windows
are all mid-late C20 three-light casement enlargements. The doorway however retains
part of the limestone quoins of the original opening. The east gable end has in
the gable iron ties in the form of the initials RM. Below an attic window has
cyma moulded limestone achitrave to casement. At first floor the stone mullions
of the five light window have been restored but the chamfered architrave is
original: The rear wall has two small window openings, now blocked, to the original
staircase. At the west end there is a straight joint in the brickwork suggesting
a rebuild. At this end there is a C19 bead and quirk moulded door to first floor
loft, probably an insertion. This gable end has tumbled brickwork unlike that of
the east gable and indicating a later build. The end stack is flush with the gable
end. There is no evidence however of a similar break in the brickwork in the front
wall. Interior: Deep stop chamfered main beams to east ground floor room. Rebuilt
inglenook hearth to centre room with adjacent original stone staircase leading
to first floor chamber. Some disturbance at first floor level in the opening
suggests that the staircase originally extended for a further flight to the attic.
The first floor chamber at the east end has parts of wall painting which originally
extended throughout the whole room. they depict a horse, deer and dog and probably
form part of a hunting scene. The remaining colours are black with ochre on plaster.
There is an aumbry with tiled floor in one corner. This room has a deep chamfer
to the wall plate forming a cornice. The partition walls are timber framed and
in general remain intact. At ground floor the wall between the room at the east
and the centre room is most complete and has substantial framing. There is an
original doorway, now blocked, in this wall. The partition wall on ground floor
from the room at the west end to the hall was also framed but it has been
substantially obscured or removed. However, a doorway with original frame and ogee
arch is in situ and led from the cross-passage to the room at the west end. This
room has an inglenook hearth. The possible disturbance or rebuild of the brickwork
in the gable end may suggest that this hearth is of a later date. The ceiling has
a later main beam.

VCH: Cambs Vol IV

Listing NGR: TL4629579990

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