About Four Oaks

The inglenook fireplace

Four Oaks is believed to date from around 1485 and served as a farmhouse for Four Oaks Farm, originally part of a large monastic estate.

It was built as a hall house comprising the current lounge/dining room area together with the 2 floors above. The large Tudor inglenook fireplace was inserted in place of the screened passage (which doubled as a threshing floor) and the small buttery and pantry which were the normal features of this type of house and which, we believe, were removed. The upper rooms were fully floored in as bedrooms at some unspecified period. The attic contains a superb "threepenny-bit" crown post supporting the main roof truss.

Prior to the house being sold separately from the farm in the 1960s, a single storey bathroom extension was added at the west end. This was demolished and replaced with a full two storey extension by the current owners in 1986.

At this time, the inglenook was repaired. Found in the brickwork was the bowl of a churchwarden's pipe decorated with Masonic symbols. This has been dated to around 1700, the time that the rear extension was built. Other finds include a Victorian brass bicycle pump, a money tin and a sovereign bag (both empty!) and various old bottles.

Four Oaks in the snow