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Bedingfield Hall, Bedingfield

Description: Bedingfield Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281293

OS Grid Reference: TM1990267756
OS Grid Coordinates: 619902, 267756
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2640, 1.2211

Location: Bedingfield, Suffolk IP23 7LJ

Locality: Bedingfield
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP23 7LJ

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Listing Text

TM 16 NE
4/12 Bedingfield Hall
(formerly listed as Beding-
29.7.55 field Holland barn)

- II*
Manor farmhouse. In 2 sections. Early C14 east range with long c.1600 range
to west, set corner-to-corner with the older range and forming an L-shape
plan. Various small one-storey additions. Timber framed and plastered, the
ground floor mostly underbuilt in colourwashed brick. Roofs of old plaintiles
except rear slope of east wing which has glazed black pantiles. 2 storeys
with attics to west range. Various casement windows, mostly 3-light mullion
and transom pattern of C18 date. North gable end of west range has a slatted
ground floor window. Above is an original 5-light ovolo-moulded mullion and
transom window, slightly projecting. 2 other original windows in this chamber
are visible internally. The tie beam at this gable end also has ovolo
moulding. East range has a C20 gabled porch of colourwashed brick; within is
a mid C20 panelled door. West range has a C19 6-panel raised and fielded door
and another 6-panel door of mid C20 date. The north end of this range has 2
mid C20 garage entrances. West range has a good internal stack with 4
detached octagonal shafts, each with moulded base and cap. A C19 stack
inserted into this range has a mid C20 shaft. East range has external stacks
against each gable end, that to the south with a plain oblong axial shaft of
C17 date. Interior. The east range comprises 2 bays of an unusually tall
aisled house which once continued further north. The structure has been
exposed only in the end bay. Irregular arcade posts, once chamfered; all 6
posts have been cut just above the mortices for the arcade plate braces. The
partition wall had passing braces, part of one still in situ. In the rear
wall of the end bay is an original doorway with short solid curved braces in
the angles (one renewed). The cross-partition has a similar doorway and a
wider opening, probably a serving hatch, adjacent. The end bay has traces of
sooting and it may have been a kitchen, with the pantry and buttery to the
north. The present roof over this range is of C18 date. Open fireplace in
east gable end incorporates re-used stonework; first floor fireplace has brick
arch. Evidence for another fireplace, back-to-back with the one on the ground
floor, indicates this range was once extended to the south. West range
probably comprised parlour, hall and a 2-cell service end, all built in one
phase; the hall was latterly used as a scullery and this part, together with
the service end and attics, remains unmodernised. Service chamber at north
end has substantial studding with reverse-curved braces on the outside. C17
newel stair from chamber to attic. 2 original attic fireplaces with 4-centred
arches, stuccoed and lined, one retaining original oak hearth. Roof has 2
rows of butt purlins and cranked wind braces; evidence for original dormers.
Interior of hall chamber and parlour cell not examined. Encircling medieval
moat, also enclosing a fish pond. Sandon, Suffolk Houses, 1977, pp.249-50.

Listing NGR: TM1990267756

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Source: English Heritage

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