The Old Custom House / 34 Market Hill

6 Mar 2003
The Old Custom House, 34 Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4QA
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34 Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4QA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TL8507SW MARKET HILL 574-1/7/172 (South East side) 02/10/51 No.34 The Old Custom House (Formerly Listed as: MARKET HILL (East side) No.34)


House, at one time the custom house. Late C16, early C18 and early C19. Timber-framed and rendered with front of grey/blue header brick with red brick dressings; plain tile roofs and front range roof hips up to taller rear range; tall stack through front half of roof and T-shape rendered stack at south-east end. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with attic; 5-window range. 2 gabled dormers, each with a 2-light casement of horizontal panes. Parapet with 4 wide and one narrow sunk rectangular panels. The 1st floor has a central, narrow flush sash window with segmental head and 2 wider similar windows either side, all with plain sashes. The ground floor has a central doorcase with fluted Doric pilasters, flat hood and 6-panel door with 2 glazed panels over 4 raised-and-fielded panels. 4 stone steps and wrought-iron handrails. Each side there are 2 similar sash windows, and the tall plinth is rendered. The rear elevation has 2 projecting wings. To the south-east is a tall, rendered early C19 block with steep, gambrel roof. This has a 16-pane sash in gable and a small pane tripartite sash to the 1st floor. The ground floor has a wide flat-roofed bay window with small panes. To the north-east is a lower rendered extension with gabled roof and rendered large stack base near junction with roof of front range. This has a 16-pane sash in upper part of south-east elevation and plain sash in exposed flank. INTERIOR: the front range contains remains of a late C16 two-storey and unjettied timber-framed house, formerly with a roof of wind-braced clasped-purlin type. The exposed north-east wall has remains of diamond-mullioned windows to attic, 1st and ground floors. In its rear wall is a contemporary, or slightly later, stack with chamfered-arched fireplace to the 1st floor. The north-eastern rear extension range has a roof of A-frame type with high mounted collars, and many-pegged curved braces between principals and collar (identical to roofs of No.4

Silver Street (qv)). At the south-west end of front range, the base of a late C16 stack is exposed in the attic, with 2 octagonal shafts with moulded bases. In the early C18 the roof was raised, with reused material. The inside face of the front wall has original early C18 detail with cornice breaking forward over windows in north-east room. The central entrance hall has early C19 panelling and dogleg staircase with barleysugar balusters (some renewed), and arched openings on 1st-floor landing with moulded capitals and pilasters. South-west front room is of C18 pine panelling. Early C19 rear wing has contemporary fireplaces on ground and 1st floor and 1st-floor room has window with vertical sliding shutters. The ground-floor bay window has reeded pilasters on its flanks.

Listing NGR: TL8505507274


This is part of the Series: IOE\James_Michael IOE Records for James, Michael; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


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Photographer: James, Michael

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Brick, Render, Tile, Timber, Tudor Timber Framed House, Elizabethan Monument <By Form>, Timber Framed Building, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Steps, Transport, Pedestrian Transport Site, Custom House, Civil, Maritime, Maritime Office