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Ebbs House, Combs

Description: Ebbs House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279832

OS Grid Reference: TM0316455848
OS Grid Coordinates: 603164, 255848
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1635, 0.9691

Location: Bildeston Road, Combs, Suffolk IP14 2JZ

Locality: Combs
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 2JZ

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Listing Text

TM 05 NW

2/57 Ebbs House (formerly
listed as Ebbs Farmhouse)


Former farmhouse, c.1530 with alterations of late C16 and c.1970. 2 storeys.
Timber-framed and plastered; the front elevation is long-wall jettied with
exposed supporting knee-braces and joist-ends. Plaintiled roofs; two axial
chimneys of red brick with rebuilt C19 shafts of red brick. C19 and C20
small-pane casements. An original oriel window has a carved hammer head on
the cill, flanked by a lion to left and a gryffon to right; the return face of
the cill has on either side a shield bearing a merchant-mark, said to be that
of one Hebbe, a wool merchant in Combs. The original entrance doorway has a
4-centred arched head whose spandrels are carved with leaves and a shield
bearing the same merchant mark. The framing exposed internally is unmoulded:
unchamfered floor joists, close studding and diamond-mullion window evidence;
there was once a second oriel in the hall matching the one in the chamber
above. Crownpost roof, mainly rebuilt in C20, but square posts with thin 2-
way braces survive. The plan form of the original house is unconventional:
the main entrance doorway opens into the service end, not the hall, and there
is an additional cell here which may have been a shop. A wide open fireplaces
with cambered lintel in the hall. The cross-wing to left was added in later
C16, and there are 2 plastered arched fireplaces of early C17. Associated
with an incomplete medieval moat.

Listing NGR: TM0316455848

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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