Mead House in Up Nately
Mead House in Up Nately was the homestead of a former copyhold of Mapledurwell Manor held of Corpus Christi College in Oxford.
The brick façade conceals a timber-framed structure thatt retains its full complement of three bays, and is remarkably similar to nearby Eastrop Farm House in its framing and plan, having a single-bay hall under a unitary, half-hipped roof. It may therefore have been built at about the same time. i.e. the first quarter of the 16th century. A brick to the side of the front door is engraved ‘16 I.E. 27’ [John Eggar], and may well indicate the date when a chimney was inserted in the cross passage to create a lobby entry; larger bricks over the same door bear the inscription ‘Jonathan Platt 1728’, and may mark the occasion when the timber-framed house was given a brick skin.
Structural details provided by Edward Roberts