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IoE Number: 440359
Location: HOMEFIELD, RECTORY LANE (west side)
Photographer: Mr John Chester
Date Photographed: 13 July 2004
Date listed: 19 April 1961
Date of last amendment: 27 October 1987
Grade II*

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ST4715NORTON SUB HAMDON CPRECTORY LANE (West side)9/234Homefield(formerly listed as Folly's)19.4.61GVII*

ST4715 NORTON SUB HAMDON CP RECTORY LANE (West side) 9/234 Homefield (formerly listed as Folly's) 19.4.61 GV II* Detached house, formerly subdivided. C17 and later, but possibly with earlier fragments. Ham stone, southern section near-ashlar, remainder roughly cut and squared with ashlar dressings; thatched roofs between coped gables; stone slab chimney stacks. South sector 2 storeys with attic, 2 bays; north sector single-storey with attics, 5 bays. Hollow chamfered mullioned windows in chamfered recesses; bays 1 and 2 taller, with shared label above and separate labels below to 2-light windows, the lower diamond leaded; remaining windows 2-light except lower bay which is 4-light, all with labels, rectangular leaded with some iron framed opening lights; upper windows in gables to bays 4, 6 and 7, that to bay 6 incorporating projecting chimney stack also, and a small rectangular attic window; small single light window without label to right of bay 7: to north gable a single storey extension with hipped double Roman clay tiled roof, with moulded cambered arched doorway, possibly C19: signs of a possible former doorway to bay 5: second entrance under porch on south gable, which also features a fire insurance plaque, through a cambered arched gateway; further mullioned windows above porch. West elevation has similar windows with flat head lights, but 2 in the south section have 4-centre arched lights, also two stair turrets, the more northerly still in use, and a cambered head doorway, which on the evidence of an early photograph has been relocated. Interior not seen, but reported is a complex and somewhat altered plan: the lower south room a parlour, from which the stair has been removed; the entry room has beams with rounded step and runout stops, an ovolo mould square headed fireplace and an ovolo mould doorframe; the north section now all one room, with lateral fireplace, square headed with ogee mould, towards south end; stair beside former entry has turned balusters and heavy posts; the north end, formerly kitchen has an adapted large fireplace in north gable, and alongside a cambered arched ovolo mould doorway; above scroll stop ceiling beams. Roof frame appears to reuse a number of medieval timbers, the trusses having slightly cambered collars with diagonally set ridge and trenched purlins. (VAG Report, unpublished SRO, April 1981).

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