Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1141244

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1983



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

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford (District Authority)

Parish: High Roothing

National Grid Reference: TL 60221 17099


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4/14 Dragon Beams


Late C16 crosswing, combined with late C18 cottage to the SW, to form one house, altered in C19 and C20. Timber-framed, plastered between exposed framing, roof of crosswing tiled,roof of cottage slated. 2-bay crosswing formerly jettied to the front only but later underbuilt and original external chimney stack to rear, late C16. Remainder of original house which extended to the SW has been demolished, and on its site a late C18 cottage erected, originally single-storey with attics, roof raised in late C19 to form 2 full storeys, with a low pitch for slate. Small building to rear possibly a detached kitchen contemporary with the house, extensively altered and now linked to the main structure. C19 external chimney stack on NE wall. 2 C20 casement windows on each floor. Timber frame partly exposed internally. Crosswing has jowled storey posts, close studding with curved tension braces trenched to the inside, clasped purlin roof, floor extensively rebuilt. Jetty underbuilt with primary straight bracing. A photograph taken by the RCHM c.1920 shows the whole building lathed and plastered externally, with 2 early C19 doors with shallow hoods now both blocked. The cottage would have been plastered from the outset, and the crosswing would have been plastered over at least since the jetty was underbuilt. The removal of this exterior plaster has reduced the historical authenticity of the building, and will shorten its life. The reconstruction of the floor of the crosswing with false angle ties, and the introduction of older components of unknown provenance into the cottage, have reduced the historical value of the interior. The remaining historical value now consists primarily in the wall framing, roof and rear chimney stack of the crosswing. The small building to the rear may have been a detached kitchen, and therefore of some historical interest, but the NE and SE walls and roof have been extensively rebuilt and its historical value now consists in the NW wall, which appears to be original and possibly contemporary with the house. The name Dragon Beams should not be taken as evidence that there are or have ever been dragon beams in this building, as it has been jettied on one elevation only. It would still be possible to reverse some of these alterations.

Listing NGR: TL6022117099


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