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The Three Cups Public House

A Grade II Listed Building in Harwich, Essex

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Latitude: 51.9459 / 51°56'45"N

Longitude: 1.2883 / 1°17'17"E

OS Eastings: 626086

OS Northings: 232601

OS Grid: TM260326

Mapcode National: GBR VQK.VYF

Mapcode Global: VHLCG.8CX2

Plus Code: 9F33W7WQ+98

Entry Name: The Three Cups Public House

Listing Date: 20 June 1972

Last Amended: 18 April 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1204343

English Heritage Legacy ID: 366505

Location: Harwich, Tendring, Essex, CO12

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Harwich

Built-Up Area: Harwich

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: The Harwich Peninsula

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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609-1/2/38 (North East side)
20/06/72 The Three Cups Public House
(Formerly Listed as:
(North East side)
Three Cups Hotel)


Public house. c1500 and late C18. Timber-framed and rendered
and encased in brick on SW and SE elevations. Roofs are gabled
in clay plain tiles and low pitched in asbestos sheeting. Road
front was rebuilt in C20 and has parapet and projecting band
between storeys. First floor is pebbledashed and ground floor
of ashlared render.
EXTERIOR: 7-window range of C20 double-hung sashes with small
panes and central early C19 doorcase with moulded architrave,
console brackets supporting dentilled cornice. SE elevation is
of red Flemish-bond brickwork reduced in height following a
fire. Projecting canted bay window with double-hung sash
windows with small panes on timber brackets and mixture of
double-hung sashes, some with arched heads and some with flat
gauged brick arches. Low parapeted gable over front half.
NE elevation is of 3 parts with a flat-roofed 2-storey block
forming the southern end. In the centre, a 2-storey slate
hipped roofed block, jettied on upper floor with 2 surviving
brackets. The ground floor of this has canted bay of
double-hung sashes with small panes and an elliptical-arched
early C19 blocked entrance door with simple panelled pilasters
and emphatic cornice. The northernmost part has steep gabled
roof and jettied upper floor with 8 joist ends exposed and one
original bracket. Ground floor has a canted double-hung sash
oriel bay with small panes on timber brackets.
Most of rear elevation is rendered with traces of ashlaring
and some painted brick and weatherboarding. 2-storey
cross-wing of 2 bays at NE corner of complex with richly
moulded spine beams bridging joists and common joists. Roof
survives with collared rafter couples but no evidence for
former crown posts. Similar larger 2-bay structure forming
northern part of frontage block with moulded ceiling as above.
The gap between these blocks was possibly a stackbay. Abutting
the SE flank of the cross-wing is a single bay of jettied
framing with spine beam and moulded impost of the late C16.
INTERIOR: within SE part of complex is an early C18 well
staircase with barley-sugar balusters and panelled dado.
Formerly there was a ceiling with fleurs-de-lys and roses on
first floor as at The Globe.
HISTORICAL NOTE: building was used as council chamber prior to
rebuilding of Guildhall and referred to as 'mansion' in C17.
It seems probable that this is a purpose-built inn of c1500.
(RCHME: Essex NE: London: 1922-: 135 (3)).

Listing NGR: TM2608632601

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