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Butterfly Farmhouse, Great Finborough

Description: Butterfly Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 22 January 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 279886

OS Grid Reference: TM0036456361
OS Grid Coordinates: 600364, 256361
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1691, 0.9285

Location: Borough Lane, Buxhall, Suffolk IP14 3AS

Locality: Great Finborough
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 3AS

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Listing Text

TM 05 NW

2/111 Butterfly Farmhouse


Former farmhouse, circa 1570 with alterations of c.1620. Original house of 3-
cell cross-entry form; a 2-cell cross-wing added to north end c.1620. 2
storeys. Timber-framed and plastered; the textured daub-plaster has been
maintained in the traditional manner. The cross-wing has ovolo-moulded
oversailing gable tiebeams. Plaintiled roofs; an axial C17 chimney of buff
brick, the shaft rebuilt with original bricks in c.1970; another axial C17
chimney in the crosswing with a sawtooth shaft of red brick. Windows of many
periods: several C16 diamond-mullioned windows at 1st storey, now glazed. A
large ovolo-mullioned and transomed early C17 staircase window; a similar
chamber window of oriel form with moulded cill. Mid C19 windows with iron
small-pane casements; some C20 casements. Boarded C19 entrance door. Some
original or c.1600 pargetting now on an internal wall: highly textured large
panels with sunk strapwork designs; of interest because an unusually early
example of pargetting. A good dogleg staircase of c.1620 was placed in the
earlier service cell. A large fragment of C17 painted wall decoration in the
form of vertical strips in one chamber. Several C17 arched fireplaces. The
C17 cross-wing comprises a kitchen and parlour, both with good open
fireplaces, the former is constructed of very heavy framing, including
unchamfered floorjoists and fireplace lintel, reused from an early C16
structure. Wind-braced clasped-purlin roofs. Suffolk Houses: Eric Sandon,

Listing NGR: TM0036456361

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Source: English Heritage

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