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Butlers Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0427 / 52°2'33"N

Longitude: 0.274 / 0°16'26"E

OS Eastings: 556052

OS Northings: 240692

OS Grid: TL560406

Mapcode National: GBR MBR.XRY

Mapcode Global: VHHKY.PXPG

Entry Name: Butlers Farmhouse

Listing Date: 28 November 1951

Last Amended: 31 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1196129

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370422

Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford

Civil Parish: Saffron Walden

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text


669-1/6/43 (East side)
28/11/51 Butlers Farmhouse
(Formerly Listed as:
Butlers Farmhouse)


House. c1610, probably built at same time as Audley End House
(qv) by Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer to
James I. Timber-framed and plastered, peg-tile roof. U-plan of
principal S facing range with wings at E and W ends to N. 2
storeys. Modern `front' on N side was originally the rear.
After a period of disuse, now considerably rebuilt in C20. All
windows are now C20 casements with glazing bars, doors also
S garden elevation: long range with prominent red brick
`concertina' stack, 5 shafts, off centre to W. Smaller similar
3-shaft stack to E end. 3-celled system. Ground floor, roughly
central, fully glazed French window, another to E. 4 windows,
two 3-light, one 2-light, one fixed. First floor, 5 windows,
one 3-light, three 2-light, one fixed. C20 conservatory on W
end. N, now front, elevation: stacks as seen from S. End wings
and central range have C20 ground floor lean-to, peg-tile
roofed, enclosed on central and W side, open on posts on E
side. Ground floor, courtyard, central 6-panel door with
full-height side lights, single light window to E. W return
has fully glazed door. E return `stable' double door and
3-light window. W cross-wing, 3-light window and 1 single
light in lean-to N end wall. E cross-wing, simple recessed
porch with one boarded and one fielded panel door (original
ceiling joists visible in porch soffit). First floor, central
range, two 3-light window, W wing one window of 5 lights, E
wing one 3-light and one 2-light window. Tall C20 red brick
stack set in SW angle of court. Side purlins of W wing gable
E end elevation: principal range, 1 single-light ground floor
and one 2-light first floor window. Red brick stack through
roof pitch of cross-wing. W end elevation: C20 conservatory
across main range, 3-light window on ground floor of wing.
INTERIOR: considerably rebuilt, with original room divisions
reorganised. Original joists remaining have early C17 chamfer
stops, common joists of C17 pendant soffit type. E end
cross-wing a later addition (jowled post of in-line E end
rooms remains), face halved and bladed scarf in principal
range wall-plate. In present C20 central stairway, a large
moulded plasterwork panel approx 1.5m x 0.6m in-set in
position of over-mantel to central first floor chamber (no
fireplace now). Quartered shield of arms of Howard and Knivet
with garter, supporting lions and motto set in ovolo moulded
framing with renaissance heads. RCHM Mon.7 records much more
heraldic plasterwork and painting existing in the house.

Listing NGR: TL5605240692

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

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