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Southchurch Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea

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Latitude: 51.5368 / 51°32'12"N

Longitude: 0.7296 / 0°43'46"E

OS Eastings: 589398

OS Northings: 185523

OS Grid: TQ893855

Mapcode National: GBR YC9.BX

Mapcode Global: VHKHM.LMKQ

Plus Code: 9F32GPPH+PR

Entry Name: Southchurch Hall

Listing Date: 23 November 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1306880

English Heritage Legacy ID: 122926

Location: Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea, SS1

County: Southend-on-Sea

Electoral Ward/Division: Kursaal

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southend-on-Sea

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Southchurch Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Southchurch Hall
TQ 88 NE 2/43 23.11.51.
A C13 timber-framed and plastered moated manor house with a cross wing at the west
end which is jettied on the upper storey. The house is very interesting because
of its early date. A Tudor wing extends to the south at the west end and a modern
wing at the east end. Both wings are tile hung. The house probably stands on the
site of a Saxon hall and it is still enclosed by a moat and earthworks probably
of Norman origin. It is recorded that the land was given to the monks of Canterbury
in 823 by Leofstan, a Saxon thegn. Subsequently the tenants of the hall inherited
the family name of "de Southchurch", a custom which survived until the death of
Sir Peter de Southchurch in 1309. In the late C19 the hall was owned by Thomas
Dowsett, first Mayor of Southend. It was presented to the town in 1925 and extensively
restored in 1930. Some original doorways and windows were uncovered during the
restorations. The windows are casements with lattice leaded lights. Roof tiled,
with 4 hipped dormer windows on the north front. The west wing has a good Tudor
external chimney stack with diagonal shafts and a moulded cap. The interior of
the hall has a good late C13 or early C14 tie beam roof with curved braces and
an octagonal crown post with moulded capital. It has a number of original features
including a doorway with a good carved ogee arched doorhead. (RCHM 2).

Listing NGR: TQ8939885523

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