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31-37, High Street, Debenham

Description: 31-37, High Street

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281515

OS Grid Reference: TM1740963228
OS Grid Coordinates: 617409, 263228
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2243, 1.1817

Location: B1077, Debenham, Suffolk IP14 6QN

Locality: Debenham
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 6QN

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Listing Text

The following building:-
TM 16 SE (east side)

6/91 Nos 31-37 (odd)
(formerly listed under
Church Row as 3 cottages
9.12.55 immediately S of house
called St Mary's)


shall be uppgraded to Grade II* (star).
TM 16 SE
6/91 Nos.31-37 (odd)
( formerly listed under
9.12.55 Church Row as 3 cottages
immediately S. of house
called St. Mary's)


Originally one house, now 3. Mid C16 with slightly later wing to rear.
Timber framed. The front has exposed close studding with cranked reverse-
curved braces to upper floor. Roof plaintiled to front and pantiled to rear.
2 storeys and attic. Continuous jetty to street supported on brackets
springing from carved buttress-shafts. The bressummer has rope-pattern
carving. 3 3-light casement windows to upper floor, one with square-leaded
glass: these are in the same position as 3 original oriel windows whose deep
sills remain below. Between these windows, a single-light casement and a
window of c.1600 with ovolo mullions and carved sill. 2 projecting former
shop windows of c.1900, each with 12 panes to the front. To each side of the
right hand shop window, part of a further window of c.1600 with similarly-
carved sill. 2 central sash windows, one with panelled shutters. One plank
door, 2 panelled doors. To extreme left, boarded garage doors. Internal
stack with C19 shaft. Interior. Ground floor room in No.37 has a late C16
wall painting in monochrome showing winged mythical beasts; a circular panel
contains the red monogram of William and Mary Motts. Studs on the opposite
wall show traces of a similar design, with a further monogram on the cross-
beam above. Roof has queen-post trusses alternating with arch-braced collars,
the braces to the latter now missing. This roof was originally visible from
the first floor and its design suggests the building originally had some
public function. Interior of Nos. 31-33 (one house) not examined. For
illustration of wall painting, see Traditional Homes, February 1987, p.78.

Listing NGR: TM1740963228

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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