|BeenThere-DoneThat||The Unofficial Guide to Great Britain|
|More information on Bradford Street, Braintree|
Bradford Street is probably the most historic part of Braintree and includes 65 timber-framed houses ranging from the 13th to the 20th century.
This lists some of the houses by number and century (Odd numbers on the west side, even on the east):13th century (Magna Carta signed) - 67, 69, 71, 75
14th century (Black Death plague) - 7, 9, 87
15th century (King Henry IV crowned) - 2, 13, 19, 21, 33, 39, 40, 68, 84, 89, 90, 102, 104
16th century (Columbus discovers America) - 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 31, 36, 41, 54, 56, 77, 79, 81, 85, 94, 106, 114
17th century (Oliver Cromwell) - 27, 29, 37, 110
18th century - 4, 25, 44
As research into the buildings in this street progresses and more facts are revealed it proves that the houses in this street are older, of better quality and more historically important than previously thought. There are also many properties for which there is little or no information available yet.
One block of houses, Nos. 67, 69 and 71, are of particular interest. These are some of the few 13th century domestic dwellings still surviving. Dating from 1220 much of their structure remains unaltered although the facade now looks rather non-descript. The size and quality of the timbers used in construction show that considerable expense was incurred when the building was erected and there are strong indications that the upper floors could have been a 'Wool Hall'.
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