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Ponderosa Post Office Cottage, Combs

Description: Ponderosa Post Office Cottage

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279872

OS Grid Reference: TM0432656412
OS Grid Coordinates: 604326, 256412
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1681, 0.9864

Location: Webb's Close, Combs, Suffolk IP14 2EN

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

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Listing Text

TM 05 NW
Post Office Cottage and Ponderosa
2/97 (formerly listed as cottages
9.12.55 immediately north of the Post Office


Two houses, built as one farmhouse. The main range comprises an open hall of
late C14 or c.1400; the adjoining parlour cross-wing to left was added in late
C16. Timber-framed and roughcast. Plaintiled roof, with one gabled casement
dormer to main range. An axial late C16 chimney of red brick with 3 tall
diagonally-set square shafts is at the junction of the two ranges. Various
C19 and C20 casements. A C20 flush entrance door. The cross-wing, of 2
storeys and attics, has an oversailing gable tie-beam at back and front, well-
carved with a running design in the late C16 manner; at the front is a pair of
bargeboards with good vinescroll carving. The 2-bay open hall probably has a
high survival of early features, but these were mainly concealed at date of
survey. The open truss has a moulded cambered tie-beam with concealed arch-
braces; an octagonal crownpost has a moulded capital and thick 4-way braces.
Good quality close-studding. A splayed and tabled scarf joint with an edge
key in the rear wall plate indicates high quality carpentry and a 14th century
construction date, and demonstrates the early introduction of close-studding
in central Suffolk. A first floor was inserted into the hall in mid C16:
massive main beams, with broach-stopped chamfers. A storeyed cell to right was
replaced by a lean-to extension in C19. A lean-to extension to left is
separately occupied and is not of special interest.

Listing NGR: TM0432656412

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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