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Wardropers Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Mountnessing, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6453 / 51°38'43"N

Longitude: 0.3959 / 0°23'45"E

OS Eastings: 565867

OS Northings: 196778

OS Grid: TQ658967

Mapcode National: GBR NK2.YQ1

Mapcode Global: VHJKD.TX52

Entry Name: Wardropers Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 February 1976

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1293259

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373738

Location: Mountnessing, Brentwood, Essex, CM12

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Mountnessing

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Mountnessing St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


723-1/7/459 (East side)
20/02/76 Wardropers Farmhouse
(Formerly Listed as:
Wardropers Farmhouse)


House. Early/mid-C16 and earlier, renovated and extended in
C20. Timber-framed, plastered, roofed with handmade and
machine-made red clay tiles. Main range of 3 bays facing N
with continuous jetty at front, early/mid-C16, and stair-tower
with lean-to roof to rear of middle bay. Rear stack to left of
tower, and C20 external stack at right end. At the left end
one bay remains of an earlier house, narrower in span and
lower, with an external stack to left of it. Single-storey
wing to rear of this part, single-storey lean-to extension to
rear of left and middle bays of main range, and C20 2-storey
wing to rear of right bay; C20 conservatory to rear of
2 storeys and unlit attic. All windows are C20 casements. C20
door. The long jetty has 7 original plain brackets, an empty
mortice for an eighth bracket, and a full-length moulded
fascia. 4 of the jetty brackets are below main transverse
timbers at bay intervals; the others are below short stub
beams which support the jetty, but which do not extend into
the house. The single bay at the left end has a gablet hip.
INTERIOR: jowled posts, close studding, curved tension braces
trenched outside the studs. The main range is originally
divided into a one-bay room on each floor at the right end,
and a 2-bay room at the left; on the first floor a partition
has been inserted in the open truss. Original doorways with
4-centred doorheads at front and rear of right end of middle
bay, and original plain doorway at rear to the first floor, on
the same line, from the stair tower. Plain joists of
horizontal section, all arranged longitudinally and jointed to
the transverse beams with soffit tenons with diminished
haunches. At the right end shutter grooves and diamond
mortices indicate the former presence of unglazed windows
towards the road on each floor. Similar evidence on the first
floor above the original front door, with one diamond mullion.
Arched braces to cambered tie-beam of formerly open truss,
0.10m wide. Wallplates and main posts chamfered with plain
stops. Edge-halved and bridled scarf tin rear wallplate. C17
inserted floor above first-floor rooms; chamfered axial beam
with lamb's tongue stops and exposed plain joists of vertical
section in right bay, butt-edged hardwood boards. Crownpost
roof complete. The cross-quadrate central crownpost of the
open truss has 4-way rising braces of unusual profile, arched
below, cranked above, similar to those of No.51 High Street,
Ingatestone (qv); arched axial braces to the collar-purlin
elsewhere. Original sprockets enclosed in C20 wing. The single
bay of an earlier building may have been reconstructed on its
present site, possibly part of the hall range formerly to S of
the present main range, as there is no evidence of an original
access to the main range at this end; a stud has been removed
to make an access. The studding of the main range is
unweathered within this bay, indicating that the single bay
was present at an early date, possibly rebuilt as an ancillary
with separate access from the outside. Plain horizontal joists
lodged at both ends. 2 chamfered braces to severed tie-beam.

Listing NGR: TQ6586796778

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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