Hall and Ensom

13th Century House in Marcham

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  • Grade II* listed property, originally an open hall house, dating from the 13th century
  • An acquisition survey
  • Repair and alteration works including refurbishment to bathrooms
  • Obtained building regulations approval.

The Brief

Marcham9 250Hall and Ensom undertook an acquisition survey for the buyer of this grade II* listed property, who then asked us to undertake repair and alteration works. The property was originally an open hall house, dating from the 13th century, and belonged to the local abbey. Smoke blackened timbers from this period remain in a first floor bedroom and within the roof space.  Later, in the late 16th century, chimneys were added and the house was extended to the rear. The conservation officer was keen to maintain the smoke blackened timbers and to protect inscribed internal plasterwork from alteration or damage.


Repair and refurbishment

The works included the sympathetic repair of a timber-framed rear wall, undertaken by local building contractors utilising their in-house carpenter with experience of similar conservation work.  The roof was strengthened to stabilise it and prevent any further movement taking place. Bathrooms were re-fitted and a central heating system installed for the first time. Again, care had to be taken that no historic fabric was damaged during the installation of the pipework, and routes were specifically agreed on site with the conservation officer. Being subject to listed building consent, this work was zero rated for VAT. Marcham13 250

Hall and Ensom undertook all of the design work, submitted proposals to the local council, obtained building regulations approval and scheduled the work and monitored progress on site during the construction phase.



The gallery below shows the progress of refurbishment as well as before and after images.