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49 and 51, Castle Street

A Grade II* Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0254 / 52°1'31"N

Longitude: 0.239 / 0°14'20"E

OS Eastings: 553711

OS Northings: 238698

OS Grid: TL537386

Mapcode National: GBR MBX.THC

Mapcode Global: VHHL4.3C65

Plus Code: 9F4226GQ+5H

Entry Name: 49 and 51, Castle Street

Listing Date: 28 November 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1205418

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370454

Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Saffron Walden

Built-Up Area: Saffron Walden

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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669-1/1/75 (North side)
28/11/51 Nos.49 AND 51


House, now 2 units. Late C15 `Wealden' recessed hall type.
Timber-framed and plastered with peg tile roof, red brick
central stack. Irregular L shaped plan of rectangular street
range with rear addition. 2 storeys with cellar.
Front, S elevation: `Wealden' facade of recessed central bay
with jettied bays each side and eaves continuous with flying
plate. Jetty brackets at each end of jettied ends and also
another off centre under E jetty. Remains of combed panel
pargetting, stack set through front roof pitch. Ground floor,
2 front doors at E and W ends, both of 6 recessed panels but
upper pair now glazed. Simple door frames with moulded
architraves. 2 windows, both with moulded architraves, sashes
with glazing bars, 4x4 panes, both C19 but in No.51 repaired
in C20. First floor, 2 windows in projecting jetties, C19
sliding sashes, both 4x4 panes. Rear, N elevation: No.49,
slated C20 ground floor lean-to and 2 storey and attic short
wing with gambrel roof. All windows C20, ground floor 2-leaf
French window and 3-light casement window with single central
glazing bars, 6 panes. Similar window on first floor and at
attic level, also first floor double casement window with
glazing bars, 4x2 panes. No.51. C17 timber-framed slated
ground floor lean-to, refurbished in C20, with double casement
window, 4x3 panes. C20 brick single storey wing with gabled
roof and one 2-light and one single light casement
respectively 4x3 and 3x3 panes. Also boarded `stable' door
with upper light. C20 flat roofed dormer window with double
casement window, glazing bars, 4x3 panes.
INTERIOR: clear evidence of service bay to E, solar bay to W
with sooted, central, single bay open hall. Simple crown post
roof with board shaped braces. E end shows joints of service
door frames behind undershot cross-passage, similar evidence
for short speres at junction with hall. Extra external jetty
bracket defines site of cross-passage. Service end also has
rear stair trap with evidence of associated 3-light mullioned
window. High end (No.49), has considerable part of rear
4-light hall window intact, lower mullion bars and one upper
one remain with hollow chamfered decoration. Similar front
hall windows masked and infilled but dropped head intact below
eave. Rear wall of solar bay has evidence of ground and first
floor 3-light mullioned window. Ground floor fireplaces in
both are rebuilt, C19 with segment head in No.49 and C20 in
No.51, but surrounded by remnants of sloping timber framing
suggesting a timber chimney pre-dating the present C17 one.
Cellar in No.51 relined in C20. Crown post roof at W end seen
to be cut off, once it continued to W. This evidence relates
to crude butting of No.47 against No.49. The building must
have had a larger solar end which was later reduced and the
new W wall was shared with No.47.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Ratcliffe E: Essex:
London: 1965-: 337).

Listing NGR: TL5371138698

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