The Building

 

19/04/72 Grade II Listed
(Formerly Listed as: NEEDHAM ROAD Nos.1-3 Meadlands Cottages)

Late 15th Century hall house, floored 17th century and converted to three houses, converted to social club 1981 and completely restored. Rendered and colourwashed timber-frame under pantiled roof.
2 storeys. South-east front with late 20th century timber gabled porch right of centre. Two 1981 2-light casements left and one to right of porch. Three 1981 casements first floor. Gabled roof with ridge stack over door creating late C2020th century  lobby-entrance
plan.
INTERIOR. Close studded timber-frame with jowled principal studs. Chamfered bridging beams. Stack inserted C17 and rebuilt 1981.
Fireplace to north-east room with chamfered bressummer. South-west room has fireplace with wider bressummer. Towards south-west end of this room are remains of screen with 2 doorways to service rooms, entered through 4-centred arches.
Arch remains to one door, mortices only to other. Opposing doors to screens passage remain defined: to south it is 4-centred and blocked, to north it is an opening with mortices for the 4-centred arch.
First-floor frame with arched wall braces. Over area of hall south-west of stack is a 3-bay crown post roof with 2 free-standing posts of octagonal section carrying crown purlin on arched braces. No braces to collars. Remains of a 3-light diamond mullioned window to south-east room.