What is a listed building?
buildings are of exceptional interest
The current criteria for Listing means that the buildings selected are in one of the following categories:-
(a) Those built before 1700 which survive
in anything like their original condition.
buildings in the village were classified as "Listed" in 2003
ABRAM CONSTABLES:- The house was
dated by The Cecil Hewett Organisation (author of English Historic
Carpentery) at about 1480. It was a yeoman farmer's Hall House.
The current owner has the deeds and indentures going back to 1781 and
at one stage it was set out to three and a half acres of hopfields.. (as
a matter of interest hops still grow wild in the garden)...the land now
covers almost one acre. The house acquired its name from Abram Constable,
John Constable's cousin, who owned the house. The owners possess,
as proof, the original indenture made between Abram Constable, his wife
Catherine and Henry Dyer when Abram sold the house on the 14th October
1836. The indenture is sealed and signed by both Abram and his wife.
The house has also been called, over the centuries, Uplands and, amusingly,
The Back To Front House. This was possibly because the original
road between Colchester and Sudbury ran at the bottom of the garden so
what is now the 'front' door would have one time been the 'back' door!
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