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Bennett's Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Shenfield, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6478 / 51°38'52"N

Longitude: 0.3181 / 0°19'5"E

OS Eastings: 560478

OS Northings: 196876

OS Grid: TQ604968

Mapcode National: GBR YF.T06

Mapcode Global: VHHMX.GVK5

Entry Name: Bennett's Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 February 1976

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197212

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373444

Location: Brentwood, Essex, CM15

County: Essex

District: Brentwood

Town: Brentwood

Electoral Ward/Division: Shenfield

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Shenfield St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


TQ69NW HALL LANE, Shenfield
723-1/6/270 (North side)
20/02/76 Bennett's Farmhouse
(Formerly Listed as:
HALL LANE, Shenfield
Palmers Farmhouse)


House. C17, extended in C18/early C19, renovated c1986.
Timber-framed, clad with plastered brick on ground floor,
weatherboarded above, roofed with machine-made and handmade
red clay tiles. Main range of 4 bays facing S, with axial
stack in second bay from left end, forming a lobby-entrance,
and external stack at right end. Parallel 2-storey range to
rear, of same length but narrower and lower, C18/early C19,
with central stack, and C19 single-storey wing to rear left.
2 storeys with attics. Ground floor, one C20 casement and two
C20 sashes, and C20 sash in position of former door, with C20
gabled porch. First floor, three C20 sashes. The roof of the
main range is of machine-made tiles; the roof of the rear
range is hipped, of handmade tiles; the roof of the rear wing
is of machine-made tiles. All windows were renewed in tropical
hardwood, in earlier patterns, c1986. C18/early C19 wide plain
boarded door, sand-blasted, with original hinges and internal
fittings, in left elevation of rear range.
INTERIOR: unjowled posts. The left bay has an axial beam
supported at the left end by an inserted post, and plain
joists of vertical section jointed with soffit tenons with
diminished haunches; the soffits have been hacked to increase
clearance. Hearth rebuilt in C20. Wide wood-burning hearth
facing to right, with 0.33m jambs and a seat recess in each,
original, re-pointed. Transverse beam to right of it, also
hacked, and similar joists. The ground-floor partition to
right of it has been removed, and replaced c1986 by inserted
open studding of old timber. The right bay has a chamfered
axial beam, stops missing, and thin plain joists; C20 hearth.
The front wallplate has a simple edge-halved scarf 0.50m from
the left end. The rear wallplate has one similar scarf, one
edge-halved and bridled scarf, and one bladed scarf,
indicating some re-use of earlier timber. In the left bay at
the rear is an original window of early glazed type, with one
ovolo mullion and diamond mortices for 2 saddle bars,
sand-blasted. Altered C17 rebated and moulded door to attic,
now reduced to 2 planks. Clasped purlin roof with straight
collars. All exposed timber of the interior has been
destructively sand-blasted, and arched braces have been
introduced as decor. 2 sections of C17 oak panelling have been
re-sited, turned so that the formerly vertical panels are now

Listing NGR: TQ6047896876

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

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