Description: Wenham Place
Date Listed: 22 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 278839
OS Grid Reference: TM0719537760
OS Grid Coordinates: 607195, 237760
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9996, 1.0169
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TM 03 NE GREAT WENHAM CHURCH ROAD
22.2.55 WENHAM PLACE
House. Early C16 with later additions and alterations. C16 red brick, some
exposed timber framing with brick nogging infill to north face first floor and
some C19 red brick to south face. Red plain tiled roofs. L plan facing south,
original wings to east (right) and north with C19 brick facing to south east
(right). Taller range to west (left). Front external left offset chimney stack
with 2 square attached shafts, moulded capping, a similar single shafted stack
forward right of this range. A large narrow rectangular shaft off centre right
of right range breaks through the ridge base, band and moulded capping. 2
storeys and attics. The left (west) return is of C19 red brick and suggests the
house extended further west at one time. The front (south) brick work is in
English bond and is much repaired. First floor left leaded cross transom
casement and right tripartite small paned vertically sliding sash windows.
Ground floor leaded 4 light casement, centre transom, chamfered brick head.
Doorway to right of chimney stack, panelled stone/stucco surround, moulded flat
canopy on scroll brackets, 4-panel 2-light door. The rear (north) face of this
range has a stepped band, 2 three-light leaded casements with transoms and a
smaller 2-light central casement. Ground floor - left 6 panelled door, moulded
surround, segmental head. To right are 2 blocked segmental headed arches that to
left with a C20 3-light casement under. Right (east) range. C19 red brick face
and gabled return. Large gable to left, central and right feature gables, all
gables, including left return with moulded coping. Beneath each gable are
tripartite small paned vertically sliding sash windows to first and ground floor,
moulded brick surrounds and labels over. 2 later first floor windows to left.
Plank and muntin door with ornate hinges to right of left gable, brick surround
and label. Right stable-type door, segmental head over. The rear (north) face
of this range to west of the chimney stack has Flemish bond brickwork to ground
floor and a timber frame with bric nogging infill to first floor east with a
3-light leaded mullion. Brickwork in English bond to western bays with central
band, first floor leaded 3-light casement and 2 C19/C20 ground floor casements.
North east gabled wing. The original north facing gable of English bond red
brick with black header diapering. Right and left polygonal buttresses, bases,
finials with moulded bases and heads, moulded coping and finial to gable.
Windows of 3 and 4 sunk chamfered 4-centre arched lights under square heads with
moulded labels to attic and first floor, similar surround and label to ground
floor but with C19 Gothic windows and door inset. The left and right returns
with first floors timber framed, brick nogging infill, brick ground floors. 2
mullion windows to first floor right return. Interior features. There are 4
brick niches in the ground floor room of original north eastern gable. original
mouldings to windows. Brick spiral staircase to rear of eastern range with
timber treads. Very large inglenook mantel beam (approx 3.7 metres). Inserted
ceiling with moulded joists and panel door with cocks head hinges 4-centre arched
fireplace with moulded jambs in bedroom. Shutters to later windows. Moulded
panelled door and a door possibly made from a Jacobean overmantel with carved
squares and roundels to arch and capitals, roses and foliage to spandrel,
moulded and carved jewel and crenellations to lower panel. Old glass in some
windows, some jowled storey posts visible. Old floor boards to bedrooms.
Vertically boarded wall to first floor, east wing. Pammet tiled hall floor. A
fire caused by Agricultural Riots damaged the roof during C19. The house was
owned by Willie Lot whose cottage at Flatford features in a painting by John
Constable. N Pevsner. Suffolk 1974.
Listing NGR: TM0719537760
Source: English Heritage
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