Description: Churchgate House
Date Listed: 22 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 278760
OS Grid Reference: TM0708634463
OS Grid Coordinates: 607086, 234463
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9700, 1.0134
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TM 0734 EAST BERGHOLT RECTORY HILL
6/52 Churchgate House
(Formerly listed as shop
22.2.55 premises immediately west
of Abbey View)
House, probable former religious guild hall. c1500, later additions to rear and
later remodelling including late C18 - early C19 refronting. C20 single-storey
addition to right of no special interest. Timber-framed on brick plinth with brick
front and right gable wall. Roughcast. Plain tile roof. Left bay originally of
3 jettied storeys with probable lower range to right. Now 2 storeys with single-
storey cross range to rear right and 2-storey cross wing to rear left. Central
6-panel door in pilastered doorcase with frieze and dentilled cornice, panelled
reveals and soffit. 12-pane sashes with thick glazing bars, asymmetrically placed.
Wedge lintels. First floor band. Swept roof. Rear external stack to right with
probable former stair projection under pent roof to right. 2 gabled wings have
ridge stacks. Interior: 2 bays, with later staircase hall inserted into wider
left bay which was formerly jettied as indicated by dragon beam. Fine ceiling with
leaf-scroll moulded beams and moulded joists. To gable wall a blocked pair of
6-light ovolo and cavetto moulded mullion windows flanking large central opening
now blocked with sash window. Brick inglenook with some herringbone and stepped
brickwork to rear wall under mutilated chamfered bressummer. Projection adjacent
to inglenook may indicate position of original newel stair. Staircase hall with
earlyCl9 stair with column newels, stick balusters and carved tread ends. Section
of C17 panelling with H hinges. Studded partition wall to right has central
chamfered post with fine carving to jowl representing demi-angel with shield bearing
crown emblem. To rear of partition wall a blocked Tudor-arched chamfered doorway.
Room to right shows reverse of this doorway and has fine ceiling with leaf-scroll
moulded beam with leaf stops and moulded joists. Further blocked Tudor-arched
doorway to right gable end. First floor: large chamfered jowled central post.
Left bay has studded walls and moulded beams and joists. Dragon beam indicating
further jettied storey above, now removed. In the right bay adjacent to the studded
partition wall is a crown post braced front and rear to tie beam and with further
mortice to outer face indicating probable lower range adjoining 3-storey jettied
left bay. Access to roof above right bay not possible at time of resurvey. Small
section of hand painted plaster. Early C19 grates to both rooms. Undergoing
renovation at time of resurvey.
East Bergholt Society Looking at East Bergholt 1981 Text by J Elam.
Listing NGR: TM0708634463
Source: English Heritage
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