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Church Cottage, Hessett

Description: Church Cottage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 May 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281184

OS Grid Reference: TL9362861847
OS Grid Coordinates: 593628, 261847
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2208, 0.8333

Location: The Street, Hessett, Suffolk IP30 9AX

Locality: Hessett
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP30 9AX

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Listing Text


4/81 Church Cottage


House, late C14 and c.1500-1530. Alterations of C18, C19 and c.1970. 2
storeys (1 storey with attics until c.1976). 3-cell plan of open-hall form.
Timber-framed and plastered. Concrete plaintiled roof with axial chimney, the
shaft rebuilt in mid C20 red brick. Small-pane casements of c.1970 and gabled
plaintiled entrance porch with half-glazed panelled door. A fragmentary
mid/late C14 building of 2 bays forms the nucleus of the house. The main
entrance doorway survives, with an arched head of vigorous ogee form. It
appears to lead into a small open hall: to its right is an open truss with a
concealed archbraced tiebeam, indicating a possible croglofft on the site of
the present chimney. To left is evidence for a crosswing, demolished by C19.
A 2-bay open hall with service-cell was added to right c.1500-1530. The open
truss has an arch-braced tiebeam, the braces rising from shafts. A second
open truss is adjacent to the present chimney which replaced in late C16 an
original one of plaster. The service cell to right has very heavy lodged 1st
floor joists. Tension braced close-studding. The end wall was half-hipped.
The diamond-mullioned front window in the hall remains in part. Crownpost
roof: square posts with thin 2-way braces. In late C16 an upper floor with
good chamfered joists was inserted in the hall, and a lintelled open fireplace
with limestone piers which were probably removed from the demolished Abbey of
St. Edmundsbury. In C18, a 1st floor was inserted into the C14 hall and that
structure was re-roofed. Major alterations of c.1970 included a rear
extension and new higher roof over the entire medieval section.

Listing NGR: TL9362861847

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Source: English Heritage

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