This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.


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.


List entry Number: 1123833



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

County: Essex

District: Braintree

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Feering

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 21-Dec-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Jul-1988

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: LBS

UID: 116414

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


FEERING FEERING HILL TL 8619-8719 (north-west side)

8/9 3 No. 7 (Feering House) 21.1 2.67 (formerly listed as Ferring House, Bridge Book Shop and Laurel Cottage)


Part of mansion. C14-C16. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. Complex plan, the whole forming a rectangle facing SE, comprising (1) C14 2-bay 2-storey crosswing at left side of property, with C17/18 stack in left wall, (2) C19/20 extension to rear of it, (3) early C16 2-storey main range of one short and one long bay to right with stack in front of axis, (4) to rear of it, C16 2-bay 2-storey crosswing with stack to left, (5) to right of main range, 3-bay hall aligned with street, now of one storey with attics, with stack near middle behind ridge, (6) to rear of it, C16 2-bay 2-storey crosswing with contemporary external stack to right of rear bay, and C20 2-storey flat-roofed extension to right of it, (7) late C16 stair tower in front of this stack and extension. Originally this property was combined with No. 5 (Sun Cottage) and No. 3 (The Sun Inn) (items 8/91 and 8/92, q.v.), forming a mansion known as Strangers. Scattered fenestration, including one early C19 sash of 16 lights on each floor, and one C19 casement in a gabled dormer. C20 door with 2-centred head. In right return on the first floor, one C18 2-light window with diamond-leaded crown glass in the fixed light, and altered casement, and 2 octagonal shafts on right stack. Block (1) has an underbuilt jetty at the front, mortices for a former line of studding forming a through-passage at the right side, plain joists of horizontal section jointed to the binding beam with central tenons, a blocked stair trap against the rear wall, curved tension braces trenched to the outside of the studs, and a crownpost roof with wide axial bracing. On the first floor is an C18 hearth with rounded back. On the rear wall, enclosed inside the first floor of the rear extension (2) is C18 external basket-pattern pargetting. Block (3) has an underbuilt jetty, plain joists of horizontal section, a chamfered axial beam, some early C17 oak panelling on the ground floor, and a crownpost roof with axial bracing, standing above the roof of crosswing. Block (4) has on the first floor, in the right wall a large unglazed window with 3 of 6 diamond mullions in situ, now blocked by block (6), and in the left side a small C19 cast iron grate. Block (5) has a CL7/18 inserted floor, a Victorian cast iron range, and on the first floor a small early C17 oak panelled door with contemporary cockshead hinges. In the rear wallplate empty rafter seatings are exposed, the rear wall having been raised with block (6). The right bay only has a crownpost roof with axial bracing. Block (6) has a chamfered binding beam with lamb's tongue stops, plain joists of horizontal section, and the wallplates are also chamfered with lamb's tongue stops. The rear wall originally had on the first floor a large oriel window with smaller lights to each side, one of which survives, with moulded jambs and mullion and 2 diamond saddle bars. The roof is of clasped purlin construction With high collars and arched wind-bracing, exposed to the collars. On the front wall of the first floor a floral wall painting of high quality, c.1580, survives almost intact, and there are traces of similar painting on other walls. On the ground floor is a large wood-burning hearth, the mantel beam chamfered and mitred, with some renewed brickwork at the sides. On the first floor is a large wood-burning hearth with rear splays, chamfered jambs and depressed arch, with the original plaster, and over it a painted text from the Geneva bible, Deuteronomy VI, verses 4-9. In the upper side of the stack is an original plain cupboard, opening off the stair tower. The stair has been rebuilt, and a doorhead on the ground floor is modern.

Listing NGR: TL8664119304

Selected Sources

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details

National Grid Reference: TL 86641 19304


© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1123833 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 18-Aug-2018 at 05:43:15.

End of official listing