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A Grade II Listed Building in Warley, Essex

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Latitude: 51.5881 / 51°35'17"N

Longitude: 0.2918 / 0°17'30"E

OS Eastings: 558862

OS Northings: 190177

OS Grid: TQ588901

Mapcode National: GBR XQ.L6R

Mapcode Global: VHHN9.0BLY

Plus Code: 9F32H7QR+6P

Entry Name: Fairstead

Listing Date: 20 February 1976

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1297229

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373441

Location: Brentwood, Essex, CM13

County: Essex

Electoral Ward/Division: Warley

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Great Warley St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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723-1/17/144 (East side (off))
20/02/76 Fairstead
(Formerly Listed as:


House. By JL Pearson. Waterhead dated 1889. Red brick with
stone dressings, handmade tiled roof. Rectangular plan of 4
interlocking wings of contrived irregularity.
EXTERIOR: 2 storey and attics. W, principal front, long range
of Elizabethan conception with protruding bays, central hall
area, high end to S, low end to N, all windows of mullioned
and transomed type with rectangular leaded panes. A string
course links ground floor features. Hall area, N-S, 2-centred
arched doorway with boarded door, 3 cant, ground-floor bay
window with hipped roof, central 3-light window, single light
in centre, above, breaking eaves, Dutch gabled window of 3
lights. To S `high' end, block with own hipped roof in front
of principal roof with 2 tall stacks rising from N end. N-S,
tall oriel stair window of 2 cants in inner angle with 5 tall
diminishing lights on each face, in front, skewed at 45
degrees, principal 2-storeyed porch with deep round headed
entrance doorway, 2-centred moulded arch, door framed with
simplified linen fold panels and decorated iron strap hinges.
First floor 3-light window, Dutch gable, 2-bayed lean-to
loggia with 3-light window within 2-storeyed bay window with
ground and first floor 4-light window and hipped roof. N,
`low' end, N-S, ground floor single light window, above timber
studding with pebble dash rendered infilling and roof with
half hipped gable: ground floor 3-cant bay window and similar
central window. Above, on first floor, 4-light window, Dutch
gable above, behind, a stack through the roof pitch. S, garden
elevation, range has subsidiary `high' end hipped roof set
back at W end behind principal hip. Elevation essentially 3
window range and has 2 storeyed bay windows at E and W ends.
At W, canted, with parapet, at E, with projecting
timber-framed half hipped gable having blind Gothic arched
decoration and small central light. Between projecting ends is
a timber-framed facade gable. Tall stack of 4 conjoined shafts
rises from roof pitch towards W end. Similar external stack
seen to rise from E end. Windows all similar to W front
elevation, E-W, 5-light, 4-light, 3-light and single light to
cants. First floor, E-W, 5-light, 2x2-light (below facade
gable), bay window as on ground floor. The ground floor has a
similar string course to that on W elevation. Rear, E,
elevation, high and low end conception as on W front, range
has central hall area with large first-floor mullioned and
transomed window, 4x3 lights, with `undercroft' 2-light window
below. To N 2-centred arched doorway, door as principal front
door in wall, broken forward with small window and stepped up
to slightly projecting cross-wing gable. Hall area has 3 tall
single lights, 2 to N and one to S of principal window also 2
small fanlight above and behind projecting doorway.
Cross-wing, first floor timber studded with pebble dash
infilling, 5-light windows on ground and first floor, first
floor has also small 2-light window. Attic 4-light window in
gable framing. To N, lesser parallel cross-wing gable
similarly treated, ground floor, 4-light window linked by hood
mould to larger adjacent window to S, first floor, 3-light
window. Cruciform stack rises from link roof between parallel
gables. To N, contiguous simple ground floor gable unit with
2x2-light windows in house style. S `high' end of range, large
external stack continuous with stepped wall broken forward (as
at `low' end), 4 conjoined shafts. Ground floor 4-light window
in extension and slender single light on first floor through
rear of stack body, projecting roof half hipped S of stack. N,
`service' elevation, ground floor obscured by plain ground
floor range round inner court. First floor, to W, principal
range, gable end, timber-framed, hip with gablet, 2x2-light
windows - Timber and pebble dash, framing continues across
elevation to E, central cruciform stack rises from roof apex.
INTERIOR: has high quality woodwork and plasterwork. Hall has
an Ionic arcade and ceiling with moulded beams, stair has
twisted balusters and newel posts of C17 style. Principal
rooms have elaborate plaster ceilings and frieze decoration
using natural plant forms. JL Pearson was a scholarly
architect who designed Truro Cathedral and St Augustines
Church, Kilburn. Secular commissions are quite rare.

Listing NGR: TQ5886290177

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