Woodhouse Farm dates back to the early 17th century and is Grade II listed, despite being modified over the years. It lies derelict next to the former RAF Rivenhall site near Whitham however since visiting the site we’ve seen plans which show that the farm will be restored and made into a visitor heritage museum. In June 2020 plans were approved to build an incinerator on the site of the farm, and part of the airfield, by company Gent Fairhead and Co Ltd. which will make it one of the largest waste incinerators in the UK. The land has already started to be cleared.
The main two-storey farmhouse was constructed with a timber frame and had red hand-made tiles on the roof before a modern water-tight roof was put on to protect the derelict building. Built in a similar style to other Essex farmhouses, sash windows were added to the building which have been covered up to protect them. The interior was largely updated in the 20th century when features such as electricity were added.
North of the farmhouse is the Brewhouse, otherwise referred to as a bakehouse or stable. This single storey building is also listed however is in a poor condition with a huge metal canopy protecting it.
Woodhouse Farm Cottage
This building isn’t listed and has a much newer interior, despite originating from the 19th Century. It is still being saved and will be used as offices. A moat around the site survives in a poor condition however this is also likely to be restored.
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