A late Medieval Hall House circa 1450 with later additions including Tudor chimneys
RENOVATED, EXTENDED, LOVED & LOOKED AFTER FOR OVER 500 YEARS. ARE YOU THE NEXT CUSTODIAN OF THIS SPECIAL PROPERTY?
The origin of the medieval ‘open hall’ is thought to be an evolution of the Anglo-Saxon (AD 410 to 1066) aisled hall and lasted, unchanged, until the end of the medieval period (c1530).
The hall was the communal area, within which people met, ate and socialised whilst maintaining a strong social hierarchy, and was the original centre from which the house developed. It was a hugely important aspect of late medieval society, forming the central space within a house, where social interactions took place around an open fire or central hearths; with smoke ventilation through the roof, often with louvred gablets. Windows were diamond mullioned, often with no glazing but with timber shutters on the inside. Chimneys and first floors were typically added later; prior to this they were full height halls, open to the rafters.
The open hall transcended the class divide, being the focus of the majority of houses, from the landed gentry to the landless peasant, and dominated plan forms, from the Saxon period through to the early C16.
SOLID OAK BEAMS
Handcrafted from the local area. You can still see Roman numerals etched at the base of some of the original beams the craftsmen used as a reference when constructing the Hall House.
(ˈɪŋ.ɡəl.nʊk) - A classic fireplace corner originally designed for the residence to get close to the only heating in the house during the winter months. The main chimney to Thatches was added in the Tudor period. Today the property has oil fired heating system. In addition, there is a newly installed wood burning stove in the drawing room fireplace, perfect for the winter months.
Thatch has a much greater insulating value than any other traditional roof covering. With the right choice of material and detailing, a well-maintained thatched roof will keep a building warm in winter and cool in summer and has the added advantage of being highly soundproof; this property was only re-thatched 9 years ago.
GRADE II LISTED
This Heritage Asset, a former Hall House, has been sympathetically restored & renovated, with C16 Tudor chimneys & horizontal joists chamfered with step stops. The original carpenters numbered notes are found on wooden beams, as a reference point during the build. Further features include solid oak beams stretching across the kitchen / breakfast room and principal entertaining space on the ground floor, tiled flooring and original studwork walls. Large wide oak floorboards on the first floor continue the theme & style as part of the later extension works.
THE VILLAGE (Ashen)
Big rolling skies sweep over low landscapes, divided by bright patches of pasture or fine corn-lands. Ashen in history is a little white village, with red- tiled or thatched roofs, sheltered by high trees. Ashen was first recorded as a settlement in the Domesday Book, in the 'hundred of Hinckford' and the county of Essex. Hundred of Hinkford no longer exists as a named location, but can be identified on the ground; there were 59 places recorded in the hundred of Hinckford of which the pretty village of Ashen was one of them. At the time, Ashen had a population of only 6 households with the residence relying upon 9 acres of meadows and one working mill. This put the village in the smallest 40% of settlements recorded in Domesday. Historic maps make clear its modesty, which is reflected in the disposition of several historic buildings, including Thatches, on the western side of the Street. St Augustine’s Church is most notable, a largely rubble flint church built between the C13t & C16 with a C19 chancel. The chancel is attributable to John Loughborough Pearson, the architect of Truro Cathedral. To the east of the church is the Old Rectory, an early C19 house built of Ballingdon white bricks. Bishop’s Hall opposite the church on its western side is likewise a C15 century and C16 timber framed and plastered house. Although the historic buildings are interspersed with modern houses, the historic character of the village centre are well preserved, the village is designated as a conservation area.
Village life is well catered for by the Village Hall Committee and the PCC, including a St George’s Day dinner, a Burns night dinner, an art and craft exhibition combined with a village b-b-q, teddy bear parachute jump from the church tower, a harvest supper and auction, an equestrian school, summer fête, Essex Gliding Club and Art workshops. There are tennis courts and a bowls club at Stoke-by-Clare, just across the river. High speed internet access was installed in 2019.
Ashen is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. It is located about 8 km (5.0 mi) east-southeast of Haverhill and is about 36 km (22 mi) north from the county town of Chelmsford. The village lies to the south of the River Stour, which here forms the county boundary with Suffolk. The village is in the district and parliamentary constituency of Braintree. The parish is part of the Bumpsteads and Upper Colne parish cluster.
Comprehensive facilities are located in the nearby town of Clare (approximately 3 miles), Haverhill (approximately 6 miles) and Halstead (approximately 10 miles). Approximately 18.6 miles away is Bury St Edmunds, around 26.2 miles to Cambridge, around 24.3 miles to Colchester and approximately 28.3 miles to Chelmsford. be found at Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Colchester and Chemlsford with access to London (A12, M25, M11) to the South and Norwich (A14) to the North. Vehicular access to Stanstead Airport is via the A131 & A120. There are a wide range of schools, both state and independent, including Ridgewell C of E Primary & Aided Schools, Stoke College, Old Buckenham Hall, Ipswich School, Stour Valley Community School, Clare Community School and Kings College Cambridge. There are a wealth of local attractions including Audley End House & Gardens and Miniature Railway, numerous Golf clubs, Shooting, Horse riding and a little further afield, sailing.
Buildings of this period were constructed on their North/South axis so the East/West sunlight would stream through. Gardens tended to have generous wide plots, Thatches is no exception. The owners have spent some considerable time designing their plot, maximising the best available sun vantage points, including a quiet seating area for coffee & newspapers, a pretty small pond (currently home to newts), a working kitchen-garden for vegetables and glasshouse for the more sensitive flora. A patio area with Limestone and Riven York paving compliments the landscaping whilst catering for additional seating area. A large garage/workshop, with electricity, to the southern end is ideal as a study/gym/studio. Subject to planning, this could be a self-contained nanny/granny annexe. The front & rear gardens are mainly laid-to-lawn, with a fantastic selection of established shrubs, borders and trees, including a beautiful 'Magnolia Tree', a 'Quince Tree', which the vendors harvest for Quince Jelly & Membrillo, a pretty 'Weeping Birch', a 'Copper Beech Tree' and an 'Oak Tree'. A short gravel driveway accommodates off-street parking for 2 cars, wooden gates leads to side access and the garage/workshop.
Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Kitchenette • Drawing Room with inglenook • Dining Room • Snug • 4 bedrooms • Bathroom • WC with plumbing for Shower Room • Utility • Garage / Workshop • Off Street Parking for 2 + cars.