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Shen Place Almshouses and Pump

A Grade II Listed Building in Brentwood, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6222 / 51°37'19"N

Longitude: 0.3085 / 0°18'30"E

OS Eastings: 559900

OS Northings: 194006

OS Grid: TQ599940

Mapcode National: GBR XN.JFG

Mapcode Global: VHHN3.9HF9

Entry Name: Shen Place Almshouses and Pump

Listing Date: 5 April 1994

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373545

Location: Brentwood, Essex, CM15

County: Essex

District: Brentwood

Town: Brentwood

Electoral Ward/Division: Brentwood South

Built-Up Area: Brentwood

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Brentwood St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


723-1/8/115 (South side)
05/04/94 Nos.1-6 (consec) Shen Place
Almshouses and pump
(Formerly Listed as:
Shen Place Almshouses)


Almshouses. 1910. Red brick with display timber-framed gables,
roofed with flat clay tiles. E plan to back and front with
tall chimney stacks in Tudor-style moulded red brick.
EXTERIOR: single storey. Front, N elevation, court with
projecting end wings has an interrupted verandah on timber
posts carried down from roof pitch which is partly enclosed
now by glazed timber porches to each dwelling unit, added, in
an appropriate style in 1988. Composition totally symmetrical.
Gables of outer wings project with carved tie-beams and barge
boards in Elizabethan/Jacobean style, with decorative pendants
and finials. Gable ends have vertical studding with pargeted
roses and central inscriptions extolling the virtues of work,
(E) and charity (W). Single gable end windows slightly
corbelled out as oriels of 4 lights, leaded panes with
marginal green stained glass. Central wing as simple slight
projection similar in style but gable has all-over herringbone
studding, two 3-light windows in similar style. Principal
range each side of centre has 2 boarded doors (one into side
of central projection) and a single light window similar to
those on projecting wings but set flush to wall. These doors
and windows somewhat obscured by 1988 added porches. E and W
inner side elevation of outer wings each have a large
mullioned and transomed window 3x2 lights similar to those on
gable fronts, flat roofed and cut through roof eave as a
semi-dormer. Verandah stopped and wall brought forward below
windows. Adjacent, C20 glazed porch screening boarded door. To
N, original verandah and original single light flush window
with leaded panes. 8 stacks rise from the roof apices. Rear, S
elevation similar, symmetrical style as front but more simple.
Outer wings have plain vertical studding in gables, below,
single segment headed window, each with 3 casement lights with
glazing bars in total 6x3 panes. Inner faces now have a C20
lean-to addition with a casement window with glazing bars, 2x3
panes. Principal range each side of centre has 2 segment
headed window of casements with glazing bars, one 4 lights,
8x3 panes one 3-light, 6x3 panes, also, one flat-headed double
casement window with glazing bars, 4x3 panes. Central unit
comprises tile-hung gable rising from roof pitch surmounted by
an ornamental weather vane set upon a wooden base carved as an
Ionic volute, caryatid emerging from an acanthus leaf base. In
front, small gabled projection with 2 simple casement windows.
Both gables have moulded barge-boards. Inner edges, E and W of
projection have a C20 door having upper glazing with glazing
bars, 2x3 panes, also double casement window with glazing
bars, 4x3 panes. Outer E and W elevations, flank walls of end
cross-wings have, to S, gable ends of principal range
projecting through roof. Moulded tie-beams, barge-boards,
collar and vertical studs in gables. Wall of wing considerably
disturbed by C20 modernisation. N-S, boarded utility room
door, 2 single-light casement windows, one C20 double casement
window, two C20 doors with upper glazing, glazing bars, 2x3
panes. One C20 double casement window with glazing bars, 4x3
panes. INTERIOR: essentially plain now, exposed ceiling joists
PUMP: a cast-iron pump with fluted decoration central in the
rear yard 3.2m away from the central wing.
The Almshouses and the wall to Shenfield Road (qv) make a

Listing NGR: TQ5990094006

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