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The Red Lion, Debenham

Description: The Red Lion

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281519

OS Grid Reference: TM1734763335
OS Grid Coordinates: 617347, 263335
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2253, 1.1809

Location: 1 Little Back Lane, Debenham, Suffolk IP14 6QJ

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

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Listing Text

TM 16 SE
6/95 No.8 (The Red Lion)
9.12.55 (formerly listed as Red
Lion Hotel)


Originally brewhouse and anciliary range of the Gild of the Holy Trinity,
associated with the adjacent guildhall (qv. Item 6/96). Now a public house.
A complex building. Probably mid C15 south wing, extending to rear, part of
which contained the brewhouse; immediately to the north is the remains of a
C15 porch. Rest of front range is mid C16 rebuilding of earlier work, with
further C16 work to rear of south wing. Re-fronted mid C19. Timber framed,
the facade with brick casing, smooth-rendered to imitate ashlar. Plaintiled
roof to front range, the south wing pantiled. 2 storeys. Corner block was
jettied: there is the upper part of a fine corner post with traceried carving.
An adjacent section of jetty faces south, under which is an embattled mid
rail. 4-bay front: inset sash windows with glazing bars. Blank panel over
main doorway. Mid C20 semi-glazed doors. Projecting wrought iron bracket for
a sign, probably C19. Gable stack to right, internal stack in front section
of south wing. One-bay return to south with similar sash windows. Interior.
Brewhouse comprised 3 bays of south wing immediately behind the front bay, and
was unfloored. Intact studding on upper floor shows evidence for a long range
of north-facing windows with vertically-sliding shutters. Plain crown-post
roof, substantially intact, originally hipped at the rear gable end. C17
inserted upper floor. Porch originally of 2 bays; the missing bay projected
into the street. Upper portion of rear bay is visible, together with a
fragment of the king-post roof. South side of porch has solid arched braces
and was open to the adjoining room in the front of the south wing. C16 work
to north has chamfered-joist ceiling to ground floor. Narrow end bay contains
inserted stack: the ground floor fireplace has a good lintol with moulding and
rope-pattern carving; mutilated embattled lintol to upper fireplace. Over the
front range is a much altered plain crown-post roof. An upper room in the
front range has a fine ceiling of very late C16: interlaced moulded ribs with
pendants; Fleur-de-lys, Tudor rose and leaf motifs. 2 sides have a frieze of
vine foliage, and across the centre is a moulded beam with the initials of
George and Elizabeth Harrison. This ceiling is now in several rooms.
Bloodhall Manor rentals of 1463 mention a bakehouse and 'le Gyeylynghows'
(brewhouse) of the Gild. For structural drawings see Mr T. Easton, Bedfield

Listing NGR: TM1734763335

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Source: English Heritage

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