• Your home and survey.

    Tony Chapman, the owner of 1 Myddylton Place, is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with over 30 years experience in surveying properties for prospective buyers. Not surprisingly, Tony has a special interest and expertise in older and listed properties and is a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the RICS  Building Conservation Group.logo

    Tony is able to offer all prospective buyers peace of mind whether buying a property that is hundreds of  years old or one that is of more recent build. Along with surveys he is also able to offer property management service, building disrepair reports & expert witness services.

    In addition, a full service for commercial property is offered including Lease Negotiations and Rent reviews, Schedules of Dilapidation and Condition, all Planning Matters and Expert Witness Reports.

    Having only recently completed the full restoration of 1 Myddylton Place, a grade I Listed Building; he is currently supervising the full restoration of a Grade II listed , 15th century cottage for an overseas client. For more information please visit http://www.adchapman.co.uk . Tony can be contacted on  07860 587373 or 01799 516111 or by email at Chapmanhomefarm@aol.com or by filling out the contact form below.Grade II listed cottage

    “I can fully recommend Mr Chapman for survey and property management work and am happy for potential clients to contact me for further details regarding his expertise at DebWheatley2090@gmail.com .”  Deborah Wheatley, current client.

  • History of the house

    Number 1, Myddylton Place has a complex and fascinating history. The site itself, an area once known as Hogg’s Green, dates back some 700 years while the house itself dates back to 1497. The building comprises several different buildings that almost certainly have played very different roles. The building is made up of three distinct parts: a merchant’s house, a long store that became a maltings in the 18th century and separated from the rest of the building by a wagon way, a weather boarded loft now converted to a beautiful holiday cottage. Until two years ago the house was owned and occupied by the Youth Hostel Trust; since then it has undergone a painstaking restoration by its current owners, Julia and Tony Chapman.

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    1, Myddylton Place sits on a corner position on Bridge Street that forms the main thoroughfare into the medieval town of Saffron Walden and is built around a quadrangle surrounded by other medieval, timber-framed buildings.

    The Merchant’s House

    The remains of a medieval hall house with a steep pegged tile roof can be found on the corner of Bridge Street and Myddylton Place. The house’s main feature is the overhanging upper storey complete with decorated corner post but most interesting of all are the two medieval shop window openings that front Bridge Street. The mortices in the windows indicate that shelves would have once been fitted there for the purpose of selling goods.  It was once thought that it could have been used for the sale or store of saffron but this is now thought to be highly unlikely due to its large size.  Adjacent to the window is a narrow shop doorway complete with chamfered frame and buttresses. The interior of the  house has a high quality recessed high end with crenellated dais beam and moulded side screens.CIMG3869

    Alongside the doorway is the bay window of the hall house. Much of this part of the building has been rebuilt but inside there still exists part of a beautiful medieval hall complete with carved partition and evidence of a raised dais. During the 17th century the walls were lined with deal paneling and a fireplace constructed, complete with blue and white 17th century Dutch tiles.

    The Store House or Maltings

    The store house is rather unusual in that for a storage building it has a great deal of decorative detailing, projected upper floor and richly decorated windows, extremely unusual for a building of that purpose. From the detailing it is clear that this part of the building was purpose built to show off the owner’s wealth.

    The building also has a barley shaft from the 18th century when this part of the building was converted to a maltings. The ground floor windows are also louvred to provide ventilation. This part of the building is closely studded with beautiful diagonal tension braces in much of the upper floor.CIMG4476Wagon way

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    The Wagon Way

    The Wagon Way would have been part of the original barn and is open to the eaves.Alongside it is the third bay of the barn, which is weather boarded in typical Essex fashion. Saffron Walden has several other good examples of similar wagon ways such as the one at The Old Sun Inn. This wagon way forms a magnificent and attractive entrance to:

    The Quadrangle

    The garden of 1, Myddylton Place has been beautifully restored; it was designed by local artist, Lizzie Sanders, using plantings and design of the period.CIMG4631

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