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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: Springmede

List entry Number: 1122724


Springmede, The Causeway, Finchingfield, Braintree, CM7 4JT

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Essex

District: Braintree

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Finchingfield

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 21-Dec-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 17-May-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 115153

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TL 6832 7/9


(Formerly listed as Springmead)


GV II* House. Early C17. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Three bays facing east, with central stack forming a lobby-entrance, and original rear wing at right side.

Two storeys and attics. Ground floor, five C20 casements. First floor, three C20 casements, and two more in feature gables. C17 moulded door, re-sited originally an internal door. Grouped diagonal shafts, rebuilt. Three pairs of original bargeboards, carved with a guilloche design on left feature gable and right return gable, carved with a design of continuously linked circles and rectangles on right feature gable. The left ground floor room has chamfered axial and transverse beams with lamb's tongue and notch stops, plain joists of vertical section (originally plastered to the soffits) and an elaborately moulded jowl with serrated lower edge. The right ground floor room has lamb's tongue and bar stops on the transverse beam, lamb's tongue and notch stops on the axial beam, plastered joists, and lamb's tongue stops on the mantel beam.

The rear wing has plain joists of horizontal section. The left first floor room has blocked frieze windows, jowls of ogee profile, a brick hearth with depressed arch and recessed spandrels, formerly plastered, and above it a band of painted plaster, black overlapping circles filled with red on a white ground. The right first floor room has a similar hearth but still plastered, the space above filled with original plasterwork consisting of repeats of three moulds, respectively of an urn design, a vine design and a strapwork design. Both first floor rooms have straight bracing trenched inside the studding. On the stair to the attic there is an original window with one ovolo mullion. There are a number of original and early doors with door furniture. The rear wing has a clasped purlin roof.

This house retains an exceptional number of original external and internal decorative features. The combination of various chamfer stops and joist sections is of exceptional historical interest, illustrating the transition of floor designs of the first 20 years of the C17. RCHM 25.

Listing NGR: TL6848032873

Selected Sources

An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex North West, (1916)

National Grid Reference: TL6848032873


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