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Manor House, Gislingham

Description: Manor House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279508

OS Grid Reference: TM0649572064
OS Grid Coordinates: 606495, 272064
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3078, 1.0276

Location: Mill Street, Gislingham, Suffolk IP23 8JR

Locality: Gislingham
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP23 8JR

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Listing Text


2/52 Manor House (formerly
29.7.55 listed as Manor Farmhouse
and barn)


Large house. Late C15, extended c.1500, all probably for the Garland family;
stack and floor inserted in C16, extended C17, probably for Smeare family;
reroofed and altered 'GSAW 1813' on stack. Timber frame, plastered with some
colourwashed C19 white brick casing. Slate roofs. Originally 4 bays, a 2 bay
open hall with storeyed lower bay and smoke bay at upper end; early 2 bay
storeyed parlour addition, later 2 bay kitchen/dairy range added to form an L
on plan. Now all 2 storeys. Main range has entrance in original cross
passage position with a 6 fielded panelled door, reeded and lugged architrave,
hall to right has 3 and 4-light C20 casements. To right ground floor of
parlour addition is set back slightly, jettied upper storey projects slightly;
4 exposed moulded shafts, 3 with roll and bell moulded caps to curved brackets
to broad joists, one has a later shaped bracket, at original front angle
corner post has embattled and Tudor flower brattishing, a large curved bracket
to dragon beam. Originally jet tied gable end rebuilt in brick with recessed
casements. Axial ridge stack inserted in smoke bay, cap rebuilt in white
brick with datestone. To rear a first floor 3-light ovolo mullioned window to
stairs in stack bay, lean-to additions from parlour and service bay.
Kitchen/dairy range attached at front angle of service bay has a boarded door
in a C20 open porch, a second dairy door to far left, scattered casements, red
brick right gable end with internal kitchen stack, pantiled lean-to oven
outshuts. Attached to left a C19 weatherboarded and pantiled outbuilding.
Interior: chamfered doorway to service end had a 4 centred arched head,
original pantry/buttery partition, 3-light diamond mullioned window openings,
stop chamfered joists, stairs originally in rear half of service bay. Hall
has close studding, a thick sill probably for an oriel window, inserted stop
chamfered :cross axial binding beam, joists and fireplace bressumer, traces of
4 centred arched door head from hall through smoke bay to parlour; smoke bay
has newel stairs behind inserted stack with a 3-light cavetto mullioned window
opening. Parlour has close studding with chamfered mid-rails, chamfered
crossed binding beams and dragon beam, plain joists, an original 4 centred
arched door head near double jettied corner, chamfered 4 centred arched brick
fireplace. First floor: arched braces to cambered tie beams, braces removed
from open truss, stop chamfered 4 centred arched firplaces. Hall chamber 5-
light diamond mullioned window openings, stop chamfered cross axial binding
beam and joists. Parlour chamber stop chamfered crossed binding beams and
joists with leaf stops, a 4-light window opening with roll and cavetto
mullions and intermediate small diamond mullions, cranked arched braces on end
wall. Stop chamfered joists in original solar. Crown post mortices remain in
tie beams. Kitchen/dairy range has bar and jewel stopped cross axial binding
beams, a 5-light diamond mullioned window opening. The house stands at the
front of a site with a moat of three arms. The Manor was formerly known as
Brands. (East Anglian Miscellany, vol.14, 1920, pp100-8).

Listing NGR: TM0649572064

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Source: English Heritage

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