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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.


List entry Number: 1147667



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

County: Essex

District: Braintree

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Shalford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 02-May-1953

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 115564

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3/45 Nichol's Farmhouse 2.5.53


House. Late medieval, altered in C16 and early C17. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. 2-bay hall facing SE, with originally storeyed parlour/solar bay at left end, early C16 or earlier. 3-bay extension to right, early C17, with axial stack at the junction. Hall range of one storey with attics, right extension of 2 storeys. Ground floor, 5 C20 casements. Upper floor, 3 C20 casements, of which one is in a gabled dormer. C20 door. 6 octagonal shafts, rebuilt. The left bay of the hall house has a chamfered axial beam with step stops, plain joists of horizontal section, and a shutter groove and diamond mortices for an unglazed window at the end. The rear wallplate of the hall exhibits evidence of a large unglazed window, and is smoke-blackened. The mid-C16 inserted floor consists of a transverse beam, chamfered with step stops, supported on independent posts, longitudinal square joists chamfered with step stops, and original boards. On one side the middle part of the beam is left unchamfered, indicating the former existence of a timber-framed chimney. The roof is ceiled, without access, so this part of the building cannot be accurately dated. C20 grate in large wood-burning hearth on ground floor, blocked hearth with depressed arch of plastered brick on upper floor. Jowled posts, inserted framed doorway in one tiebeam, other severed. The right extension has jowled posts, some exposed close studding, and primary straight bracing. Chamfered axial beams with plain joists of horizontal section. Large wood-burning hearth on ground floor, hearth with depressed brick arch (originally plastered, now stripped) on first floor. Unusual internal door with ventilation slots to rear of stack, C17 or C18. The name derives from John the son of Nicholas, recorded in court rolls from 1304 to 1326, and Thomas, John and Margery Fitz-Nicols or Nicholas, who successively held the estate from 1351 to 1376. Nichols was formerly a manor (P. Morant, The History and Antiquities of Essex, 1768, II, 38). RCHM 3.

Listing NGR: TL7278728352

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Morant, P, The History and Antiquities of the County of Essex, (1768), 38

National Grid Reference: TL 72787 28352


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