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Description: Belstead Hall
Date Listed: 22 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 277379
OS Grid Reference: TM1273041246
OS Grid Coordinates: 612730, 241246
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0288, 1.0996
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TM14 SW BELSTEAD
House. C16 & C17, extended C19 and later, incorporating c1300 tower. Brick,
timber framed, rendered, lined as ashlar, plaintile roofs. Complex plan. Hall
and crosswing, with C19 crosswing to right, C19 & C20 service ranges to left and
the rear. Medieval tower or gateway within the main range, supports axial
stack. 2 and 2½ storeys. Right hand gabled wing, early C19, the top storey
added mid C19. 2½ storeys. Porch and ground floor sash window, c1900. 2 1st
floor sashes with glazing bars. 2nd floor 3-light casement. Eaves brackets.
Central gabled wing. Early C20 part glazed ground floor addition. 1st floor
tripartite sash. 2nd floor sash with glazing bars. 2 storey main range. Ground
floor additions of various builds. 2 first floor sashes with glazing bars, one
in flush frame. Right hand return. 2½ storeys. 2 ground floor tripartite
sashes with segmental heads and stone cills. 2 first floor sashes with glazing
bars and stone cills. 2 full dormers, casements with glazing bars, moulded
brackets. Offset ridge stack. Rear varied fenestration 1:2:2:1 sashes with
glazing bars, 3-light cross casements. C20 casement to ground floor.
Part-glazed door to left hand wing. 2:2:1:1 sashes with glazing bars to first
floor that to right cutting the eaves line. Cross casement and sash with glazing
bars to the upper storey gables. Axial brick stack to main range, square base,
attached shafts set diagonally, square stack to far gable. Interior: Tower or
gateway, square on plan with arched passageway through. Mortared flint rubble
with tile and brick, stone dressings. Presumed late C13 from the size of the
bricks c.205 x 104 x 45mm (qv. little Wenham Hall, Suffolk), although the drip
mould to the upper stage suggests a later date. Round arched doorway cut through
at first floor level has later brick jambs. Main range timber framed, with
exposed jowelled posts. Former first floor chamber, now subdivided has ogee
moulded plastered cornices, and spinal beam, with two roll mouldings with
beading, to the soffit. Plastered ceiling with scattered Tudor roses, fleur de
lys c1600, Ipswich manner. First floor stone chimney piece apparently set into
the medieval tower. Lozenge and rosette panels, vine leaves, the central panel a
later insertion, moulded jambs. Deep moulded cornices and beams to first floor
chambers, c1600. C19 wing contains stair with stick balusters, ramped and
wreathed rail. Roof. Cross wing widely spaced rafters, no purlins visible.
Main roof: 2 tiers butt purlins and collars, the end sets of rafters with
staggered purlins. No evidence of moulded and fluted roof rafters reported 1923
Suffolk Miscellany. Graded II* for medieval tower.
Listing NGR: TM1273041246
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