Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1147615

Date first listed: 22-Jul-1983



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County: Essex

District: Tendring (District Authority)

Parish: Thorpe-le-Soken

National Grid Reference: TM 18501 22112


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THORPE-LE-SOKEN FRINTON ROAD TM 1822-1922 (north side) 9/81 Elm Farmhouse 22.7.83 - II

House. Early and mid-C16, altered in C19 and C20. Timber framed. At the time of survey, August 1985, it was undergoing major renovation, and had no wall or roof cladding, and no windows or doors. 2 blocks (1) 3 bays of a mid-C16 long-jetty house facing S, comprising a parlour/solar bay to the left and a floored hall of 2 bays in the proportion 2:1, the right (service) bay missing. (2) To NE of it, one bay of an incomplete early C16 building aligned N-S, jettied to the W. Both of 2 storeys. In block (1) all the ground-floor studding had been removed, and the rear wall had been built up in C19 brick to wallplate height. Unjowled posts, close studding with 'Suffolk' bracing trenched to the outside, an edge-halved and bridled scarf in the rear wallplate, crownpost roof with original hipped gablet at the left end, and a secondary hipped gablet at the (shortened) right end. Moulded and crenellated bressumer, much weathered. In the left return on the upper storey, unglazed windows on either side of the central storey posts, one complete with diamond mullions, and shutter grooves in the tiebeam. Evidence of other unglazed windows below, in the rear wall, and at the front in the shorter bay of the hall chamber. The longer bay has an incomplete oriel window with deep sill, mortices in the jambs for splayed sides, grooved jambs for a vertically sliding shutter, and in the central stud below, pegholes for securing it at various heights, a detail of unusual interest. In the right end wall the central storey post is rebated for twin service doors, and a fragment of one arched head remains. A mortice in the girt indicates the position of the former stair trap, against the rear wall. The floor of the left (parlour/solar) bay comprises a chamfered axial beam with step stops, and plain joists of horizontal section jointed to it with soffit tenons with diminished haunches; there is some evidence of a former stair trap against the partition wall. The floor of the 'hall' comprises a richly moulded axial beam with elaborate stops of unusual design, and similar joists. The cambered tiebeam of the open truss has arched braces, and is chamfered with step stops. The crownposts are plain, with thin axial bracing. The original full-length rafters have gauging holes; many rafters have been replaced. On the first floor is a short early C19 balustrade with bowed handrail and stick balusters. Block (2) comprises one bay of a building which formerly extended further in both directions. The posts are jowled, the W wallplate has a slightly splayed scarf with square bridled abutments, the close studding is trenched on the outside for 'Suffolk' bracing. There is evidence of unglazed windows to the W and E on both storeys, the W window above the jetty having rectangular mortices for 5 closely-spaced moulded mullions. The N wall frame has equally-spaced mortices for the studs of a former partition, but jointing for another bay beyond. The S wall frame is an open truss, with no evidence that it was structurally integrated to the missing service bay of block (1). The axial beam is chamfered and unstopped; plain joists of horizontal section, very closely spaced, meet it at an oblique angle and are housed into it with soffit tenons. No roof timbers survive above tiebeam level; the N tiebeam has a mortice for a former crown stud; the S tiebeam has mortices for deep arched braces, but no evidence of a crownpost. One plain bracket survives below the N end of the jetty. The structural features of this building suggest that it was originally of higher status, built on another (probably urban) site in the first quarter of the sixteenth century, and reconstructed on the present site later as a minor ancillary wing behind the service bay of the long-jetty house. Renovation under listed building consent no. LB/TEN/36/84. Measured drawings by E. and B. Watkin of the Essex Historic Buildings Group deposited with Essex Record Office.

Listing NGR: TM1850122112


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