Backus’, Shepherds Green
Backus, Lane End Farm, Shepherd’s Green, Rotherfield Greys was built as a timber-framed, two-bay lobby entry house with a central stack serving the two ground floor rooms and the principal chamber upstairs. There is a substantial brick bread oven accessed from the fireplace of the east room, identifying this room as the kitchen. Much of the oven is accommodated in the space under the stairs. A small outshut at the back/north and accessed from this kitchen is documented as a dairy and was probably part of the original plan or an early, vital space for cool food storage.
The principal first-floor chamber’s central tie beam is clearly a re-used timber, preserving much evidence of former door/window openings and peg hole evidence of former wall panel studs. – A rare survivor of a modest Chiltern farmhouse of circa 1600.