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Days Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Doddinghurst, Essex

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Latitude: 51.646 / 51°38'45"N

Longitude: 0.291 / 0°17'27"E

OS Eastings: 558608

OS Northings: 196621

OS Grid: TQ586966

Mapcode National: GBR XL.S24

Mapcode Global: VHHMX.0W6J

Plus Code: 9F32J7WR+CC

Entry Name: Days Farmhouse

Listing Date: 27 August 1952

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197270

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373604

Location: Doddinghurst, Brentwood, Essex, CM15

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Doddinghurst

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Doddinghurst All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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723-1/5/318 (East side)
27/08/52 Days Farmhouse
(Formerly Listed as:
DAYS LANE, Doddinghurst
Days Farmhouse)


House. C16, early C17 and C20. Timber-framed, part exposed,
part rendered, ground floor weatherboarded, roofs peg-tiled.
L-plan with additional rear block, staggered, creating a right
angled, zigzag plan. Outshut to W of rear block with roof as a
continuous run from hipped end of range.
2 storeys and attics. Facade has central cross-wing gable with
flush range to E and a second range at rear of cross-wing
running W. All windows are wooden C20 casements and all glazed
areas have leaded diamond lattices. Front range - ground
floor, C20 boarded door with 2 glazed lights, one narrow
3-light and one 2-light window. C20 glazed timber-framed
gabled porch built on to C20 gabled projecting lobby, with
boarded door with small light. First floor, two 2-light and
one narrow 3-light window. Gable attic, one narrow 3-light
window. Rear extension to W has a casement window on ground
and first floors. Principal C17 stack behind roof apex to E of
facade gable, secondary C19 stack rising from rear projecting
block. Rear elevation, irregular window ranges on ground and
first floor. Principal stack shows 2 phases, C17 brick work
with vertical triangular fillet and rebuilt C18/C19 section
abutting to W. Small C19 stack at E of rear block.
Interior and exposed exterior framing indicate 3 probable
building phases. (1) Early/mid-C16 rear range, stud braced
walling (but bracing arched, not of the usual tension braced
form) and edge halved and bridled scarf joints. 3 bays, simple
crown post roof, no decoration, original purpose unclear.
Mullion holes at first floor level have been found. Both
ground and first floors may have each have been single through
rooms. No evidence of original heating. (2) Cross-wing to N
simply laid against phase 1 built as 2 storeys and taller with
clasped side purlins. Ground floor ceiling bridging joist with
cyma mouldings. First floor ceiling principal joist oddly off
centre with lamb's tongue stopped chamfers. Both ceilings
crudely matched to old existing block. Ovolo-moulded mullioned
window found in W wall during restoration. Probable
contemporary construction c1600 of fireplaces on both floors
on E side. Both have plain timber lintels and brickwork, now
much restored. (3) Typical extension of late C16/early C17
type added to E of cross-wing comprising internal stair tower
adjacent to additional fireplace backed onto existing one.
Door frame evidence off stair tower suggests that cross-wing
and new range are not contemporary and that the cross-wing
pre-dates the E extension. Phase 3 floor joists have deep
sectioned diminished haunched soffit tenons and bridging joist
has lamb's tongue chamfer stops. First-floor fireplace has a
moulded timber lintel with rolls, cyma and hollow. Above the
lintel, painted on the plaster surface is a Biblical text in
black letter (James IIII vv. 7-17) and a shorter text not so
far identified. Although the house complex appears to be 3
builds, the early range is plain with a C16 crown post roof,in
contrast to the final phase of typical, more developed C17
style. The exterior wall framing styles, however, of both
phases are similar, using unusual arched stud braces.
(RCHM: Central and SW Essex : Monument 13: 58).

Listing NGR: TQ5860896621

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