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Description: Monks Hall
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280065
OS Grid Reference: TM2016178470
OS Grid Coordinates: 620161, 278470
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3600, 1.2319
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TM 27 NW
5/116 Monk's Hall
Manor farmhouse. Main range c.1600; earlier wing set forward to left,
remodelled probably early C17, forming L-shape plan to house. Timber framed
and plastered, the main range with exposed studding at the front. Roofs
mainly plaintiled. 2 storeys and attics. 3-cell main range with cross-
passage entry. Some original ovolo-moulded mullioned windows, diamond-leaded,
anti a good C17 mullion and transom window to first floor; other windows at
front are late C18/early C19 casements with large panes. Good original porch,
the upper floor jettied on 3 sides; mutilated balustrading to side openings.
Inside the porch the original studded plank entrance door. Very fine stack
with 4 enriched circular shafts complete with caps and bases. The projecting
wing has a crowstepped brick gable end with circular windows to the upper
floors , corbelled eaves pinnacles with ball finials and a stack with an inset
panel in the base. One side-wall of this wing has a C17 splayed first floor
window. Interior. The hall has complete oak panelling, much of it original;
over the fireplace part of an elaborate early C17 overmantel brought from
Ufford Place near Woodbridge c.1940. At lower end of hall a plank and muntin
screen with a painted overdoor depicting Solomon's Judgement (said to be late
C17). Ovolo-moulded beam and joists to hall ceiling. Parlour has complete
pine panelling of early C18 and a contemporary bolection-moulded fireplace
with painted overmantel. Parlour chamber has fireplace of similar date,
flanked by pilasters, with painted overmantel; good C19 cast iron grate with
tiled surround. On both chimney breasts there are remains of fresco paintings
(normally concealed and not seen during survey). Earlier wing probably has
C15 core: evidence of sooting on some members and also of diamond-mullioned
windows. Good first floor stuccoed fireplace with 4-centre arch and quoined
surround. There is a small gap between the 2 wings and at first floor level
is the remains of C16 incised geometric pargetting on the former outside wall
of the earlier range.
Listing NGR: TM2016178470
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Source: English Heritage
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