Services Portfolio, Ravens 14th Century Manor

Ravens is a fine example of a medieval timber-framed house originally constructed in the 14th Century (reputed to be 1350) with Tudor (15th Century), Elizabethan (16th Century) and some Georgian window settings. It includes a 3-storey stair tower, twin octagonal chimneys above large 17th century fireplaces on the ground and first floors, and a gabled master bedroom. The building is Listed as Grade 2 on the Historic England Register of Listed Buildings (the English equivalent to the US National Register of Historic Places).

It was restored in the mid-1970s when the timber frame was repaired and treated, and the exterior re-rendered and pargetted (design work in render). The interior retains all the original timber (oak) framing with exposed beams and plastered panels between them.

The current owners, John and Janet Gilbert, wanted to redecorate the interior sympathetically in keeping with the home’s history and ensure that the fabric of the building itself was properly maintained.

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The name ‘Ravens’ appeared from 1559 onwards, but not sure why. It’s the most unanswered question to this day.

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The only reference is the black ravens on the main entrance gate posts but the name ‘Ravens’ appeared before the gate posts were ever constructed.

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Whilst carrying out the redecoration of one of the bedrooms we came across an area that was boarded up and the decision was made to remove the boarding and to our amazement we exposed an original 17th Century fireplace, still in great condition and the client is now considering to reuse the original 17th century fireplace with the addition of a wood-burner.

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A replica of the original fire surround

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The reception and living room are in the original part of the house being 14th century. The brick chimney stack in the reception area was rebuilt in 1976 up to the first floor ceiling only due to the original chimney stack being in a state of disrepair

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Current layout of Living Room

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The Dining room and Master bedroom were added to the building around 17th century

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Original 14th century oak timbers with evidence of fire damage. The oak timbers used were from a country barn being demolished locally.

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A typical traditional English garden at Ravens

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A typical traditional English garden at Ravens

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Photo showing original 14th century oak partition between the reception area and living room, the holes you can see in the timbers are original holes where a bench and canopy would be. This where the Lord and Lady would have sat to have their meals served by their servants

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Original timbers

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Original oak upright support

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Original oak timbers with original oak doweling

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom

 

 

 

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