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Brook Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Thornwood Common, Essex

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Latitude: 51.722 / 51°43'19"N

Longitude: 0.133 / 0°7'58"E

OS Eastings: 547427

OS Northings: 204738

OS Grid: TL474047

Mapcode National: GBR LF3.Y6D

Mapcode Global: VHHMF.8Z49

Plus Code: 9F32P4CM+Q5

Entry Name: Brook Cottage

Listing Date: 26 April 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1337226

English Heritage Legacy ID: 118239

Location: North Weald Bassett, Epping Forest, Essex, CM16

County: Essex

Civil Parish: North Weald Bassett

Built-Up Area: Thornwood Common

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: North Weald St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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6/2 Brook Cottage


Small hall house, late C16, extended in C18/19 and C20. Timber framed,
plastered, roofed with red clay tiles (handmade on SW pitch of roof, machine-
made elsewhere). 3 bays aligned approx. NW-SE, aspect SW, comprising a 2-bay
open hall with storeyed bay to NW. Inserted axial chimney stack in SE bay of
hall facing NW, c.1600. One-bay extension to NW, C18/19. C20 extension to
NE. Single storey with attics. SW elevation, C20 oriel window, small C19
casement window, 2 C20 casement windows, gabled dormer with C20 casement window,
all C20 windows leaded. Some framing exposed internally. Jowled posts, arched
braces rising from posts to wallplates inside studs, not trenched. Bladed scarf
in NE wallplate. Cambered tiebeam across hall with chamfered arched braces.
Evidence of former inserted floor on clamps, now removed. Chimney stack of
33 cm briclcwork, wholly faced with plaster. Studded partition between hall
and storeyed bay largely intact, smoke-blackened at top on SE side. Original
floor of lodged longitudinal joists of horizontal section, unchamfered, with
framed stair trap in S corner. Part of original stair of solid treads re-
located in NW bay of hall, still providing access to original solar. Side-
purlin roof with curved wind bracing. Framing of original lid wall, weathered,
exposed in later extension. This is an exceptionally interesting example of
a small house essentially medieval in its arrangement, but with constructional
features usually associated with post-medieval houses. The facts that the hall
remains open to the roof, and that the one original floor is largely intact,
increase its architectural interest.

Listing NGR: TL4742704738

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