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Ellesmere House, Wortham

Description: Ellesmere House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 November 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 280430

OS Grid Reference: TM0826077846
OS Grid Coordinates: 608260, 277846
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3591, 1.0570

Location: Church Road, Wortham, Suffolk IP22 1PT

Locality: Wortham
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP22 1PT

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Listing Text


1/140 Ellesmere House

-- II

Large house. Late C16, extended and altered late C17 and mid C19. Timber
frame, plastered with some pargetting. Extended in red and white brick, part
colourwashed. Plain tiled and glazed pantiled roofs. 2 bay hall is early
core, former parlour bay and stack added to left, service end rebuilt as
parlour cross range in C19 to form an L on plan, further additions to rear. 2
storeys and attics. Entrance now to right of hall in part of mid C19
addition, steps up to a 6 fielded panelled door with a semi-circular fanlight
in a round headed architrave, flat headed porch with-a round arch, recessed
panels, inpost blocks, cornice and blocking course. To left a break in plinth
suggesting original cross passage entrance, replaced by a window. 2 and 3-
light transomed C19 casements, some panelled herringbone pargetting, eaves
cornice, 2 C19 gabled 2-light leaded pane bargeboarded dormers. Rebuilt large
axial ridge stack between hall and former parlour end. Left gable end
scattered casements, 2 early leaded lights in attic, exposed purlins in
steeply pitched roof, bargeboards. To rear of left bay a pantiled catslide
roof over an early lean-to outshut addition with an entrance to rear, a 2
storey wing extends behind stack with a 2-light leaded window in outer return,
C19 brick rear gable end with a ground floor 20 pane sash, moulded flush frame
and segmental head, first floor recessed 16 pane sash. To rear of hall bays a
shorter C19 gabled wing with a two-thirds glazed door, ground floor 20 pane
sash, first floor segmental headed tripartite sash. Mid C19 parlour range has
colourwashed brick gable end to front with moulded kneelers to coped shallow
gable parapet with an internal stack. Right return to garden is a 3 bay, 2
storey symmetrical facade. Ground floor: 2 segmental bow windows, central
glazed doors with fanlights, flanking tall 4:4 pane sashes, all recessed with
blind boxes, offset plinths, rendered cornices to flat heads. First floor 8:4
panes flank 6:3 pane sashes. Mutule blocked boarded eaves. Internal stack to
rear with parapet as to front. Inner return to rear has a catslide roof over
a lean-to addition. Interior: hall has cross axial binding beam, double roll
in cavetto mouldings, stopped roll moulded joists, a reset brattished beam
across former upper end of hall, former parlour now service end axial
chamfered binding beam, stairs behind stack, first floor stop chamfered cross
axial binding beams, framing largely concealed, butt purlin roofs over early
range. C19 addition has simple plasterwork, a segmental arch over staircase
with slat balusters, moulded ramped handrail. Partly moated site (East
Anglian Miscellany, 1927, pp.25-6).

Listing NGR: TM0826077846

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Source: English Heritage

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