Description: Valley Farmhouse
Date Listed: 22 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 278716
OS Grid Reference: TM0775233269
OS Grid Coordinates: 607752, 233269
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9591, 1.0223
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TM 03 SE EAST BERGHOLT FLATFORD
3/8 Valley Farmhouse
(Formerly listed as
22.2.55 Manor Farmhouse)
House. Late C15 open hall with cross wing incorporating C14 features. Rear range
probably C17. Small later addition to left. Renovated and restored to original
form C20. Timber-framed. Plain tile roof. Red brick stacks. Open hall with 2-
storey, 2-bay jettied cross wing to left and through passage and 2-storey service
wing to right. Close studding with middle rail. Plank door under chamfered Tudor
arch. 6-light diamond mullion hall window. Small 2-light mullion window to left
of entrance. 4-light mullion window to service range. 3-light cross casements
with leaded lights to cross wing with jettiedgable end and tension braces to first
floor. Pent roof to upper window. Roof hipped at right. Ridge stack to left of
entrance and further stack to left return of cross wing. Further diamond mullion
windows and plank door under chamfered Tudor arch to rear. Rear range heightened
and altered, underbuilt in brick. Interior: framing exposed. Open hall has pair
of chamfered posts with arch braces to chamfered cambered tie-beam supporting
octagonal crown post with moulded base and capital, braced to purlin and collar.
Down braces to end walls. Shutter groove to hall window. Through passage to right
with paired doorways to service range with plank doors under Tudor arches. Original
stairs to service range along rear wall. Inglenook fireplace with cambered moulded
bressumer containing moulded brick arched recess at left, massive stepped stack.
To first floor of service range to hall side a blocked elliptical-arched moulded
brick fireplace. Jettied range: exposed framing including wall plate showing edge-
halved scarf joint. Blocked diamond mullion window. To centre, pair of posts with
arch braces to cambered tie beam which supports a short octagonal crown post with
capital of 3 convex mouldings of probable mid C14 date. (Attic floor inserted).
C14 roof structure in combination with later features in walling suggests a probable
C15 reconstruction of this wing. Grade I status reflects the historic interest
of the building and its extra significance as part of the Flatford Mill group.
Leased by the National Trust to The Field Studies Council and used as the Warden's
Listing NGR: TM0775233269
Source: English Heritage
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