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Wortham House, Wortham

Description: Wortham House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280468

OS Grid Reference: TM0880378661
OS Grid Coordinates: 608803, 278661
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3662, 1.0655

Location: Wigwam Hill, Wortham, Suffolk IP22 1SL

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

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Listing Text


1/175 Wortham House (formerly
29.7.55 listed as The Rectory )


Large house, former Rectory. C16, extended C17; extended raised and altered
1827-8 for Rev. R. Cobbold. Timber frame, plastered. Extended in white
brick. Shallow pitched glazed pantiled roofs with some slates. 3 bay core
with early 2 bay additions to left and to rear; 5 bay cross range added to
right with further alterations to form a T on plan. All 2 storeys. Entrance
front, originally jettied core has a central entrance through a C19 lean-to
conservatory, a 4 panelled door with framing pilasters, slate roofing over
passage to inner entrance, French windows to left. First floor architraved
small sashes and a 2-light casement, simple cornice to raised roof with a hip
to left, separate ridge in front of slightly taller main roof. Central axial
ridge stack, C16 base, raised in C19, to right C19 sky light. Set back
slightly to left are 2 bays with a disused entrance, C19 glazing bar
casements, a rebuilt early stack in front roof slope, left gable end 1 storey
lean-to outshut, servants' bell. To right 1828 block has 5 bay garden front,
slightly projecting centre bay with broad pilaster strips at all angles,
ground floor tall 6:9 pane sashes with gauged brick flat arched heads, first
floor 12 pane sashes, timber cornice, caped parapet, hipped roof, stacks to
rear in outer bays, left return to entrance front has a blocked first floor
window. Rear elevation of early range: earlier bays to centre, a 6 raised
panelled door with a traceried rectangular fanlight, early C19 doorcase with a
hood, to left an external C19 stack with offsets, mixed fenestration, box
dormers, a break in eaves line to later colourwashed brick section to right
with an internal stack. Interior: in early bay to left quirked wave moulded
axial binding beam and joists, to right inserted early C19 open well
staircase, slat balusters, moulded wreathed handrail, segmental vaulted
ceiling; in C17 bays a small early C18 dogleg staircase with vase valusters,
first floor reverse curved brace in walling, stop chamfered axial binding
beam, early sections reroofed, C19 plaster cornices in later block. Rev. R
Cobbold, Rector from 1824-77, wrote many stories of Suffolk including an
account of Wortham in 1860 with watercolours of buildings in the parish. (ed.
R Fletcher, The Biography of a Victorian Village: Richard Cobbold's account
of Wortham, Suffolk, 1860, 1977).

Listing NGR: TM0880378661

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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