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Chiswick House

A Grade II Listed Building in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.0919 / 52°5'30"N

Longitude: 0.0037 / 0°0'13"E

OS Eastings: 537363

OS Northings: 245625

OS Grid: TL373456

Mapcode National: GBR K75.V1H

Mapcode Global: VHHKM.0PS5

Entry Name: Chiswick House

Listing Date: 18 October 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1164333

English Heritage Legacy ID: 52265

Location: Meldreth, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, SG8

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Meldreth

Built-Up Area: Meldreth

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Melbourn

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

TL 3745
(South side)
No.5 (Chiswick

House. Mid C16 and early C17 crosswing. Timber frame, part exposed, with
rendered infill and tiled roofs, hipped to crosswing. Large square early C17
red brick ridye stack replacing one of the mid C16. End stack added to
parlour in C17. Original plan of three bays including narrower cross-passage
bay between hall and parlour. In early C17 the crosswing was added and a
lobby entry created. Two storeys. Mid C16 house jettied at first floor to
front wall. Jetty beam carried on joists with brackets to the principals.
Exposed framing on ground floor with some repaired studwork. Close set
studding with curved downward wall bracing halved over rear of studs. At
first floor the sham framing and roughcast render is of 1898. Three C19-C20
casements. At ground floor three late C20 casements and a gabled porch, also
late C20, to the lobby entry. Reset late C17 two panelled door. The doorway
to the cross-passage is now blocked. The early C17 cross-wing is also timber
framed, rendered. Tiled, hipped roof. Two storeys with jettied first floor
to the front. One late C19 casement at first floor and one late C20 casement
to yround floor. Internal evidence suggests that the house may have extended
further. Inside: The hall has early C17 inglenook hearth, repaired. The
original mid C16 hearth was removed and a new one inserted with an abutting
inglenook to the cross-wing (now the kitchen). The inglenook is of dressed
stone blocks to the base and soft red brick. There is a doorway in a four
centred arch at the side Of the hearth. Probably mid C16. The
centre room is partly lined with early C17 square sunk panelling. Some of
the panelling has been reset. The end room towards the road, probably the
parlour, has a fireplace of C17. Red brick. Above the hearth and directly
on the brickwork is painted the Royal Coat of Arms of the Stuarts on an
orange-red ground. There are fragments of C18 wall painting remaining on
three studs and a brace in the front wall in this room. The painting was
originally over the plaster and structural oak timbers. There is an
indecipherable text within a red and black border, with the letters written
in black and in Roman lettering. Below is a Tudor rose and a thistle and a
dying tulip is painted on the brace. At first floor the rooms generally
retain the original partition walls. A tie beam in the original gable end
has been cut probably when the later stack was built replacing the original
stack. The roof is of clasped side purlin construction. The cross wing has
ovolo moulding to two ceiling beams at ground floor. Short lengths of
timbers have been scarfed into the ends of these. This suggests that the
house possibly continued to the side of the crosswing. The cdjling of the
crosswing has joists laid on edge. The inglenook in the kitchen, although
now blocked, is of the same date and materials as that of the middle room.
At first floor there is an early C17 hearth of dressed clunch blocks with
ovolo moulding and jewelled stops. The hearth contains a C19 cast iron
fireplace with safety doors.

R.C.H.M.: Record Card (1949)

Listing NGR: TL3736345625

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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