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Rookyard Farmhouse, Wetherden

Description: Rookyard Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 280691

OS Grid Reference: TM0151863380
OS Grid Coordinates: 601518, 263380
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2317, 0.9495

Location: Wetherden, Suffolk IP14 3LS

Locality: Wetherden
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 3LS

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Listing Text

TM 06 SW

4/208 Rookyard Farmhouse

-- II*

Farmhouse, late C15 or early C16 with remodelling of late C16. Probably a 3-
cell open hall house, with two cross-wings. The hall range one storey and
attics; cross-wings 2 storeys. Timber-framed and plastered; both cross-wings
are end-jettied at the front on brackets. Plaintiled roofs; an axial chimney,
the shaft rebuilt in late C18 or C19 red brick. A chimney to rear of right
hand wing has a plastered sawtooth shaft of c.1600. The hall has a gabled
plaintiled dormer with mid C20 casements. Various C19 and C20 casements; one
C18 1st floor window in left wing. 4-panelled C19 entrance door, the upper
panels glazed. The right hand cross-wing is probably of c.1500: a 2-bay
parlour with solar above. At the open truss is a cambered tie beam with
massive hollow-chamfered archbraces rising from polygonal shafts. Plain but
heavy crownpost roof. The central crownpost of rectangular section has 2-way
braces and a heavy collar beneath the collar-purlin, tying a pair of principal
rafters - an unusual detail in Suffolk. To rear of this wing is a lower block
added in late C16 with clasped purlin roof. The internal chimney here of
c.1600 has part of a newel staircase. The hall has a 1st floor with a massive
early C16 roll-moulded bridging beam and moulded joists; possibly an original
feature, (c.p. New Bells Farmhouse, Haughley, Item 4/91). There was once a
large fireplace backing against a cross-entry at the left hand end. Side
purlin roof of c.1600. A lower 2-bay range to rear of the left hand wing is
original, with similar plain crownpost roof (the front section of this wing
was rebuilt in late C16: good windbraced clasped-purlin roof, unchamfered
floor joists, a lintelled open fireplace and a blocked ovolo-mullioned

Listing NGR: TM0151863380

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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