Description: The Recess
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281510
OS Grid Reference: TM1739463313
OS Grid Coordinates: 617394, 263313
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2251, 1.1816
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DEBENHAM HIGH STREET (east side)
TM 16 SE
6/86 No.17 (The Recess)
9.12.55 (formerly listed as
House, set at right angles to street behind No.15A (qv. Item 6/85). Early C16
with late C16 in-line addition. Timber framed and rendered, pantiled roof. 3
cells. 2 storeys and attic. Earlier phase has underbuilt jetty to south.
Main front faces south. 3 first floor C19 casements. Ground floor has 2 16-
paned sash windows and a mid C20 casement. 2 doorways with semi-glazed 4-
panel doors, one with overlight. 3 flush rooflights. Internal stack has
axial shaft. Interior. Early C16 work in 2 1/2 bays, with heavy close studding
on upper floor. Bay at west end has heavy joists, very closely-spaced, with
evidence for cross-partition and trimming for stairtrap. To north this bay
had a partitioned through passage from the front range: 2 blocked 4-centre
arched doorways on ground floor, one with leaf-carved spandrels (reversed mid
C20). Centre room has good early C18 corner cupboard, the semi-domed head
with a painting of Bacchus and Ariadne in a chariot, pulled by a lion (in a
panther skin) and leopard, emerging from clouds. Good intact plain crown-post
roof with 2-way bracing. 2-bay addition, one bay containing stack. Intact
first floor studding, one incomplete window with chamfered mullions, clasped
purlin roof. By stack, an C18 first floor stair and newel attic stair.
Listing NGR: TM1739463313
Source: English Heritage
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