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Cross Keys Hotel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0232 / 52°1'23"N

Longitude: 0.2392 / 0°14'21"E

OS Eastings: 553733

OS Northings: 238455

OS Grid: TL537384

Mapcode National: GBR MC3.19G

Mapcode Global: VHHL4.3D9V

Entry Name: Cross Keys Hotel

Listing Date: 28 November 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1196188

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370581

Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford

Civil Parish: Saffron Walden

Built-Up Area: Saffron Walden

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text


669-1/1/196 (East side)
28/11/51 No.32
Cross Keys Hotel


Former house and shop, now public house. C15, C16 and early
C19. Timber-framed, part rendered and parts with original
framing exposed. Low pitched slate roof, hipped on SW corner
with small gablet. 2 storeys. L plan.
Front to High Street is of 2 parts, all with rendering raised
above original exposed timber-framed facades. The N part has
exposed jetty with 2 brackets and C19 leaded light oriels, on
ground and first floors. The S corner block has frieze window
of traceried lights (largely a restoration) with panel of
original, thin, plank-like chevron bracing. Beneath the
exposed jetty are 2 original shop windows and early C20 door
opening. The S flank of corner block is jettied (dragon post
on corner) with curved arch braces, 2 further drop windows and
series of cinquefoil-headed paired windows. A block to the
rear, E, is rendered with jetty and 2 exposed brackets and has
four 16 paned double hung sashes on the first floor. The
ground floor has a 16 paned similar window and 2 paired 12
paned double-hung sashes, a door and a 16 paned casement. Tall
C19 stack over E gable end and truncated stack on ridge line,
near W end of roof. The SW corner block is a former shop with
original entrance from King Street. The N flank originally
contained a `high-end-recess' for former hall bench. The
adjoining block to N was an early C16 parlour, open framed to
shop and with moulded (recessed ogees), bridging joist and
girts. The later S flank wall is of C16 panelling with frieze
of fluting, 4 consoles and inserted marquetry panel with arch,
date 1569 and initials W.A. The rear wall had a post where
mouldings are interrupted by leaf stops framing a contemporary
rear stack (now much altered). The front ground floor wall of
this block originally contained a door opening (to N) and a
very wide oriel taking up the rest of the facade. The S wall
on the first floor is thought to have similar panelling.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Ratcliffe E: Essex:
London: 1965-: 335; Vernacular Architecture: Stenning DF:
Timber Framed Shops, 1300-1600: Comparative plans:16: 1985-:
35-39; Stacey HC: Saffron Walden in Old Photographs: Saffron
Walden: 1980-: FIG.45,46).

Listing NGR: TL5373338455

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