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Farm Buildings at Church Farm

The buildings forming Church Farm stand north east of the church on the turnpike opposite the junction with Shop Lane. The oldest building in this group was built as a house early in the seventeenth century. It stands back, facing north to the road, on the left of the farmhouse and has long since ceased its domestic role.

The original house measuring 14 x 5m, one storey and attic in height, was built entirely of brick in English bond. It is now roofed with pantiles. Large double agricultural doors to the left mark its present use. These are followed by an original window and door opening under brick pediments. A second doorway under a segmental arch has either been enlarged or inserted, and to the right a window has been similarly renewed. Both gables are crowstepped. The one to the east has dove holes and the westward gable has a wide attic opening under a brick pediment with four wood mullions which appear of an early date. Below the window is a leanto, c.1800, built in Flemish bond. The visible half of the rear wall has been resurfaced with later bricks in Flemish bond, probably at the time the leanto was added. A stack, left of centre, comes off the inside wall and is capped below ridge level. Three windows are at first floor level but the two to the right are obscured by creeper. The window to the left covers both floors.

Inside, there is a blocked upper-opening in the east gable. Ceiling levels have been raised to accommodate agricultural use although the cell to the right has part of a floor remaining at its original level. A blocked fireplace under a brick arch once served the stack. The three-tier roof is resting on substantial wall plates. Principal rafters are locked by collars and staggered butt purlins, all pegged in place. Most of the floor is covered by bricks turned on edge. The well is sunk in the yard 4m in front of the building.