Historic Buildings Consultant

16th Century House, Essex

16th Century House, Essex

16th Century House, Essex

The property, located in the village of Matching Green, is a Grade II-listed small farmhouse, probably dating from the very early 16th century, with a large 1980s extension. In common with many late medieval buildings, the cross-passage has been blocked with an inserted chimney stack, but the single-storey open hall remains so. Less common generally, though not unknown locally, the lower end of the house was provided with a half-storey above the ground floor, whilst the upper end was single storey.

The project comprised a Historic Building Appraisal to assess the building and its significance, as well as to inform proposals the owners wished to undertake. The case proved to be a challenge owing to a fire in the mid-1980s that not only gutted the original medieval building, but resulted in some heavy restoration thereafter. This fact resulted in some careful and considered debate as to the extent of the building's remaining special architectural and historical importance and how this would be impacted upon by any proposed works.