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Reading Hall, Denham

Description: Reading Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280972

OS Grid Reference: TM1940472882
OS Grid Coordinates: 619404, 272882
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3102, 1.2172

Locality: Denham
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP21 5DR

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Listing Text

TM 17 SE
Reading Hall
Former farmhouse. C16 hall range and early C17 2-cell cross-wing to right
forming T-shape plan. Timber framed and roughcast-rendered under a thatched
roof. 2 storeys and attics. Mid C20 casement windows without glazing bars.
Doorway placed in front gable end of cross-wing: mid C20 door and open porch
with wooden trelliswork. Heavy square stack at junction of the 2 ranges; to
north the shaft has an inset oblong panel with an upper sawtooth brick course,
probably once over a lobby entrance. Intact studding is visible in the upper
rooms, the wall braces in the hall range (and probably the cross-wing) halved
against the outside of the studs. Plain or slightly chamfered joists, all set
flat except for the cross-wing attic floor where they are placed on edge. A
ground floor open fireplace in the cross-wing has a semi-circular back. An
upper room in the cross-wing has some C17 ornamental plasterwork on the
chimneybreast: a central roundel containing foliage and a small foliage motif
to each side. Plasterwork in rear gable of cross-wing is painted with the
initials 'IR' and the date 1684 (or possibly 1634). Roof over hall range has
one row of clasped purlins and a little straight wind bracing: this roof seems
to be a C17 replacement.

Listing NGR: TM1940472882

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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