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Westhorpe Hall, Westhorpe

Description: Westhorpe Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279573

OS Grid Reference: TM0512269170
OS Grid Coordinates: 605122, 269170
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2824, 1.0057

Location: Westhorpe, Suffolk IP14 4SS

Locality: Westhorpe
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 4SS

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Listing Text

TM 06 NE
5/117 Westhorpe Hall (formerly
29.7.55 listed as Hall
Farmhouse and bridge
over Moat)


House, originally built as part of offices to earlier Hall, now an old
peoples' home. Late C16 and early C17 timber frame and plastered range with
early C18 English bond red brick main block remodelled in late C18, all
altered C20. Built for Edmonds and Barrow families. Plaintiled and machine
tiled roofs, steeply pitched on early range. Main block has a 3 cell lobby
entry plan. 2 storeys and attic, perhaps taller originally. Entrance to left
of centre has C20 doors, reused C16 stone pediment, cyma moulded with a Tudor
rose, above a terracotta panel with arms of C. Brandon flanked by eagles. C20
2 and 3-light casements, ground floor segmental heads. Plinth, plat band,
timber wall plate to sprocket eaves. 3 part opening 3-light gabled dormers
with bargeboards, ridge stack to left of centre. To rear a catslide roof over
an early lean-to outshut from right or service end, to left a C19 pantiled
lean-to outshut. Attached to right end of C18 block a low C20 link to earlier
range at right angles towards rear, the whole forming an L on plan. 3 bays
with 4 bays added to rear in C17. 2 storeys and attic. Front gable end has
an early external stack with a rebuilt cap, an oven lean-to to left and a
later lean-to to front, C20 casements. Right return has scattered casements,
early brick footings leading down into moat, towards rear a C19 inserted ridge
stack. In C17 addition to rear a 4-light diamond mullioned window on first
floor, 2 rear bays of this build reduced to 1 storey in C19. Interior:
altered C18 block has ogee stop chamfered cross axial binding beams and
joists, to rear right an original chamfered doorway into lean-to, collars
clasp purlins in roof with ridge piece. C16 bays have altered framing on
ground floor, outer wall largely rebuilt, a large 5-light diamond mullioned
window opening to front gable end. First floor reverse curved arched bracing
in close studded walls, large 7 and 8-light diamond mullioned window openings,
roof has lower butt purlins, upper purlins clasped by collars and halved
principals, upper arched windbraces. C17 bays are close studded, 4-light
diamond mullioned window openings, cranked arched braces to a cambered tie
beam, collars and halved principals clasp purlins, arched windbraces. The
existing Hall lies on the east side of a fully moated site, to the west was
the C15 and C16 Hall that was demolished c.1764. Here lived Mary Tudor (1496-
1533), daughter of Henry VII, who after her marriage to Louis XII of France in
October 1514 was crowned in November of the same year and widowed on January
1st 1515. She returned to England and married Charles Brandon, Duke of
Suffolk. Here Mary died in 1533. Immediately south east of the surviving
buildings are medieval flint and brick footings of an earlier Hall built for
the Elmham family, diagonal buttressing and remains of a postern bridge.
(East Anglian Miscellany, vol.7, 1913, pp.97-111 and vol. 8, 1914, pp.1-26).

Listing NGR: TM0512269170

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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