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Description: Aspall Hall
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281282
OS Grid Reference: TM1720365353
OS Grid Coordinates: 617203, 265353
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2435, 1.1801
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TM 16 NE
4/1 Aspall Hall
Manor house. Late C16 and C17 with early C18 and early C19 alterations. A
long main range with service wing to south forming L-shape plan. A further
shorter rear wing at the north end. Timber framed core. The 2 main wings
have early C18 facades of red brick with dark headers; first floor brick band,
wooden modillion eaves cornice. Early C19 red brick to most of remainder.
Hipped slated roof. 2 storeys and attics. Good 12-bay front, arranged 4:3:5;
later shallow gable over 3 centre bays, within which is an octagonal sundial.
To either side of the gable the cornice is supported on consoles. Sash
windows with glazing bars in flush frames; gauged brick arches. Former
doorway in bay 6 has doorcase with console-bracketed pediment. The door has
been replaced by a window, below which are re-set moulded bricks from a C16
chimney. Above is a Venetian window. The present early C19 doorways are in
bays 3 and 9. Each has a flat-roofed brick porch with modillion cornice and
wooden trelliswork against the front; 3-centre arched entrances with C19 semi-
glazed doors within. 4 flat-roofed dormers: each has a sash window with
closely-spaced vertical glazing bars, the sides of the dormer being glazed in
a similar manner. Small timber bell turret on roof ridge, central to front
gable. 3 internal stacks with plain red brick shafts, the heaviest to the
right. 7-bay return facade to right: segmental-headed sash windows, some with
closely-set vertical glazing bars only; two first floor painted dummy windows.
Flat-roofed brick porch within which is an C18 8-panel door and rectangular
overlight in a heavy frame. 3 dormers as main front. Brick gable end of
north wing is of c.1600, in English bond, with a pair of blocked circular
windows at attic level and similar windows below, now partly obscured. Early
C19 work to rear, one doorway with fluted pilasters and entablature.
Interior. Parlour at left end has a fine late C16 plaster ceiling: moulded
cross-beams, the soffits enriched with intricate interlaced ornament; fantail
friezes on the walls and the sides of the cross-beams. The 4 divisions have
moulded ribs with pendant bosses, fleur-de-lys and rosette motifs. The hall
ceiling has cross-beams with simply-moulded plaster encasing. One first floor
fireplace has a good oak mantelpiece of c.1600 with much intricate carving.
Parlour has mid C18 mantelpiece decorated in rococo style. Several other C18
mantelpieces and some good cast iron grates, 2 with tiled surrounds. First
floor room in north wing has some early C17 panelling. Early C19 alterations
included widening of main range to provide a passage at the rear: many 3-
centre arches and panelled doors of this date. The roof was largely rebuilt
in early C19 although the trusses of c.1600 in the main range still survive.
The Chevallier family have lived here since early C18. Anne Chevallier, the
mother of Lord Kitchener, was married here in 1845. A circular moat surrounds
the house. Sandon, Suffolk Houses, 1977, pp.160-1.
Listing NGR: TM1720365353
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