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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: 1306803



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

County: Essex

District: Braintree

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Cressing

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 21-Dec-1967

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 116387

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1/63 Rook Hall Farmhouse 21.12.67


House. C16 to C17, altered in C18 and C20. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red plain tiles. Main range of 3 bays facing NE, with central stack forming a lobby-entrance. Rear range surviving from part of a late medieval house, forming a T-plan. Small single-storey extension to right. Rear extensions of various dates. 2 storeys and attics. 2 early C19 sashes of 16 lights on each floor, and one C18 sash of 12 lights over door. Crown glass. Central double doors each with 3 fielded panels, plastered doorcase with rusticated jambs, pulvinated frieze and moulded and dentilled pediment. Elevation slightly asymmetrical. 4 square shafts with ovolo-moulded cornice emerge from roof, becoming octagonal above cornice, with spiked caps, restored. The main range has jowled posts, straight bracing at first floor only, interrupting the studding. 2 main studs in each long bay, enclosing the windows. Chamfered axial beams with lamb's tongue stops. Face-halved and bladed scarfs in wallplates. Straight tiebeams. One extra tiebeam and pair of principal rafters in each long bay. Clasped purlin roof with near-straight wind bracing. The rear wing comprises the service bay of a late medieval house, and one bay containing a newel stair. An incomplete carved inscription on the front girt of the right bay of the main range has the numerals 75 and 3 initials, suggesting a marriage in 1575; the initials have not proved to be identifiable, as the parish registers for the appropriate period have not survived. Structural features of this range would be compatible with a date of circa 1600 or in the early C17. (C.A. Hewett, English Historic Carpentry, 1980, 225-6 and 269). RCHM 7.

Listing NGR: TL7923820634

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Hewett, C A , English Historic Carpentry, (1980), 225-6,269

National Grid Reference: TL 79238 20634


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