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Bleak House, Debenham

Description: Bleak House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281524

OS Grid Reference: TM1737963241
OS Grid Coordinates: 617379, 263241
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2244, 1.1813

Location: B1077, Debenham, Suffolk IP14 6QW

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

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Listing Text

TM 16 SE
6/100 No.26 (Bleak House)
(formerly listed as
9.12.55 Bleak House)


Originally part of former inn, now a house. Circa 1540. Timber framed,
exposed studding with herringbone brick nogging, much of the nogging to High
Street frontage renewed. Plastered at rear. Plaintiled roof. 2 storeys and
attic. Continuous jetty on original brackets; only the caps of the buttress-
shafts remain. Corner post has carving to cap, spandrels and base, the latter
much weathered. The mid rail immediately below the jetty is moulded. Various
casement windows, mostly old. 6-panel door (upper 2 panels glazed), reached
by a short flight of steps. Gable end to Gracechurch Street has original
cellar entrance with wide timber arch; adjacent is a smaller brick arch.
Above there is evidence for oriel windows on both floors. Internal stack
towards south end of range, at junction with adjacent dwelling (qv. Item
6/101). Interior. Corner room has moulded floorbeams, the joists concealed;
this was probably a parlour. Chamber above has blocked fireplace with
original lintol; the opening was exceptionally wide for an upper room. There
was a continuous gallery at the rear. Queen-post roof, much of the bracing
removed and many rafters in front slope renewed mid C20. One tie beam appears
to be a later replacement in softwood, with solid braces bolted to the
wallposts. For remainder of the former inn, see No.28 High Street (qv. Item
6/101) and Nos. 1-3 Gracechurch Street (Item 6/71). For drawings of the
complete frame, see Mr T. Easton, Bedfield Hall.

Listing NGR: TM1737963241

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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