Description: Fen Farmhouse
Date Listed: 26 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 279346
OS Grid Reference: TM0943057530
OS Grid Coordinates: 609430, 257530
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1763, 1.0616
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EARL STONHAM FEN LANE
TM 05 NE
4/97 Fen Farmhouse
Former farmhouse, mid C16 with alterations of late C16 and early C17. 2
storeys and attics. 3-cell cross-passage entrance plan since C17, but
initially a rare example of a smoke-bay house with sleeping loft beyond.
Timber-framed and roughcast. Plaintiled roof, with axial C18 chimney of red
brick, and a C17 internal end chimney with sawtooth shaft. Mid C20 casements
(some early C19 windows to rear). Boarded- C19 entrance door at cross-passage
position. The original house comprised: a service cell, within which was a
cross-passage; this gave access through speres to a wide smoke-bay; beyond to
right was a further bay, with a loft above supported on a massive binding
joist. The crownpost roof has smoke-blackening in the smoke-bay. Heavy
unmoulded framing, with arch windbraced studwork. The house was extended to
right and left in early C17; the formerly hipped-roofed service end received a
gable chimney and newel stair. A massive late C16 upper floor was inserted
into the smoke bay, and a wide open fireplace added with a new parlour beyond
to right. Attics were inserted throughout. Several moulded oak plank doors.
Some joinery of c.1800 in the parlour including a pilastered corner cupboard
and matching fire surround.
Listing NGR: TM0943057530
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