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Brentwood (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 61410 90197



TQ69SW CHILDERDITCH STREET, Childerditch 723-1/9/59 (West side) 20/02/76 Woodlands


House. Mid-C16, C17, C20. Timber-framed, plastered and weatherboarded. Peg-tiled roof. T-plan hall and cross-wing. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Cross-wing roof hipped back from front to gablet and roof of hall range slightly higher. Rear out-shut in internal angle and front, ground floor lean-to addition containing porch and extension to cross-wing. External stacks in red brick to end walls, major, of C17, at NW and minor c1800. Front, NE elevation, ground floor, hall range and C20 extension, weatherboarded with moulded cornice, early C19 and C20 across whole front. Hall, C20 3-light casement window with glazing bars, each casement 2x2 panes, C20 addition, casement window with upper lights and C20 boarded `stable' type door with upper glazed panel, porch, side fixed glazing with glazing bars, 3x3 panes. Roof of addition peg-tiled and hipped back round projecting cross-wing. First floor hall range, some mock applied timbering and some old pargeted plaster towards cross-wing and carried across cross-wing chevron decoration. 2 outer 3-light casement windows and one central 2-light casement window each with C19 beaded frame, casements have glazing bars, each 2x2 panes. Rear, SW elevation. Hall and cross-wing evident with roof similar to front elevation all C20 weatherboarded, with C20 casement windows and all casements with glazing bars, 2x2 panes. Ground floor, 2 windows, one C20 3-lights and one C19 2-lights with narrow central C19 beaded frame and weatherboarded division in cross-wing, also C20 boarded door in out-shut and projecting C20 fireplace lean-to at W corner peg-tiled. First floor, 2-light window to cross-wing and lower 2-light window in lean-to witn C19 beaded frame. SE end elevation, plastered with some remaining pargeting, zigzag stippling, large central stack with 2 shouldered reductions in width, mainly stretcher bond. NW end elevation, weatherboarded with stack of c1800 having same burnt bricks and one sided single-shouldered reduction in width. Hips of cross-wing evident with hall roof gable above. Single ground floor casement window with glazing bars, 2x2 panes. INTERIOR: framing of hall and cross-wing exposed particularly on first floor with considerable amount of elm as well as oak for principal members, also, waney edges are present suggesting a limited budget for the original building. Ground floor: cross-wing originally jettied, now obscured by C20 additions, opposed doors in hall/cross-wing angle imply original cross entry site. Hall: inserted C17 floor with lamb's tongue chamfer stops and principal C17 fireplace restored but with reused oak lintel with older C15 or early C16 mouldings of roll in a hollow chamfer. First floor, central trusses of hall and cross-wing both with arched braces. Internal arched and tension bracing in cross-wing. Tension braced central truss in the hall and hall/cross-wing partition frame. Hall has shouldered jowled posts. Principal chamber window shown by shutter groove on front of cross-wing with 5 large diamond mullion holes. Roof of hall sooted with evidence of former crown post system, post of central truss had 4-way braces. Roof members made from elm. SE terminal crown post continues to apex as king strut although joints show crown post use. HISTORICAL NOTE: the house demonstrates the persistence of the open hall house for ordinary folk well after the open hall had been abandoned in favour of individually heated chambers of the fully storeyed house by the more fashionable. Secondary, nailed collars below the medieval ones, but above the present first floor ceiling of the hall are no doubt for high ceilinged rooms, contrived in the house in the early C19 when the house was generally re-furbished and given its surviving older window frames. Woodlands and Rosebrook (qv) form a group.

Listing NGR: TQ6141090197


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

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Date: 08 Apr 2005
Reference: IOE01/10772/24
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Pridham. Source Historic England Archive
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