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Sparrows Charity

A Grade II* Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0239 / 52°1'26"N

Longitude: 0.2393 / 0°14'21"E

OS Eastings: 553736

OS Northings: 238535

OS Grid: TL537385

Mapcode National: GBR MC3.1B9

Mapcode Global: VHHL4.3DB9

Plus Code: 9F4226FQ+HP

Entry Name: Sparrows Charity

Listing Date: 28 November 1951

Last Amended: 31 October 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1205520

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370479

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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669-1/1/100 (South side)
28/11/51 No.9
Sparrows Charity
(Formerly Listed as:


House. C15, late C16, C17 rebuilding and additions, C20
refurbishment and further additions. Timber-framed and
rendered, peg-tiled roof, red brick stacks. L shaped plan. One
and half storeys and attic.
Front N elevation: 2 one and a half storey conjoined single
window range units, one to W less tall and also down hill
slope. Window sashes, 3x4 panes. To E, c1800 with moulded
architrave, to W, early C20. 2 gabled dormer windows, one in
each unit, to E, offset from window below and over site of
removed doorway, c1900 with guilloche decorated barge-boards
and inner tie-beam. Outer projecting tie has leaf decoration
also finial and pendants, dormer contains 3-light casement,
central glazing bars, 3x2 panes. W dormer window simple with
2-light casement 2x2 panes. Peg-tiled roof with exterior stack
at E gable end.
E side elevation: N-S. Street range gable end, S of stack,
ground floor c1800 sash window similar to one on front. Attic
floor C20 3x4 paned sash window. To S, shaped C20 brick wall
as side of rear, conservatory style, garden entry porch, with
C20 2-light casement window, glazing bars, 2x2 panes. Rear
wing, 2 timber-framed units, taller one to N, totally
refurbished in C20, peg-tiled roof, stack at juction of units.
Ground floor, N-S, house door within porch has 2 upper glazed
lights with shaped heads, stained glass, sash window, glazing
bars, 3x4 panes, long window comprising 4 conjoined sash
window units with glazing bars, total 12x4 panes. First floor,
S unit has two 2-light casement window, each 4x3 panes. 2
gabled dormer windows, one to each unit. To N, serving upper
half-storey and dropped through eaves, sash with glazing bars,
3x4 panes, to S, normal dormer with 2-light casement window,
glazing bars, 2x2 panes.
S rear elevation: gable end of wing has old side purlin
visible, ground floor, 2-leaf French window fully glazed, 4x5
panes, first floor 2-light casement window with glazing bars,
4x4 panes. Street unit behind to E. First floor, C20 3-light
casement window 3x2 panes and C20 door to porch with upper
glazing. W side elevation: street range has attic floor
3-light C20 casement window, glazing bars, 3x2 panes. To S,
partial ground floor C20 brick lean-to, pantiled with small
further lean-to to S end wall. S timber-framed wing has ground
floor C20 double sash window, glazing bars, total 6x4 panes.
Brick unit S end has 2-leaf fully glazed stable type door,
boarded door and 2-light casement window with glazing bars,
2x2 panes.
INTERIOR: 4 timber-framed units are clear. 2 in street range
and 2 in rear wing. Street range, W end of larger unit (to E)
is upper end bay of high quality C15 open hall with moulded
tie-beam and 4-way braced crown post roof. Tie-beam and wall
plates have bowtell in great casement moulding. Tie-beam also
has cyma below. Spandrels down to arched brace have chamfered
`mullion' form spandrel struts. Truss cut through at S end for
doorway. Front wall plate shows interrupted stopped chamfer
denoting position of mullions of principal 4-light hall window
to street. Below, ground floor cross wall to W (junction of 2
units) high end of open hall, infilling now removed but
framing of studs and chamfered rail have wall painting, deep
red background, hollow sided hexagons in black with white
borders, alternating with paired interlinked bell-flowers
(saffron crocus?). Low end bay of hall only shows basic
framing now. W units behind painted wall all rebuilt with
separate framing. To rear, in C17 wing is one late C16/early
C17 doorhead, 4-centred with spandrels decorated with shields
and `jewelled'. Door head came from surviving street hall bay.
(wrong position in medieval context), house probably
remodelled c1600, door inserted and hall divided by floor.
Dormer window to street added then in style of time and
renewed c1900 with similar decoration. C20 restoration
required rebuilding of S end of S wing which now contains
reused roof rafters used as floor joists.
(Stacey HC: Saffron Walden in Old Photographs: Saffron Walden:
1980-: FIG.33 LEFT SIDE).

Listing NGR: TL5373638535

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