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Messuage Farmhouse, Kenton

Description: Messuage Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281560

OS Grid Reference: TM1908766443
OS Grid Coordinates: 619087, 266443
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2525, 1.2083

Location: Kenton, Suffolk IP14 6JJ

Locality: Kenton
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 6JJ

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Listing Text

TM 16 NE
1/136 Messuage Farmhouse
- II

Former farmhouse. Mid C14 section to right with successive in-line additions
of mid C16, C18 and C19, forming a single long range. Part timber framed, the
C18 and C19 work in brick, all with textured render applied in 1986. Pantiled
roof. C14 section to right is 1 1/2 storeys, the remainder 2 storeys. Main part
has 3 windows: late C19 6-paned sashes to left and right; to centre is a C19
small-paned former shop window and above a 4-paned sash window. 1 1/2-storey
section has a further 6-paned sash window and a small 2-light casement. 2
stacks with plain red brick shafts, both in the 2-storey section, the older
one to the right. 2 mid C20 doors to rear. Interior. C14 section comprises
the upper bay and part of the lower bay of a former open hall. The open truss
has an arched-braced cambered tie beam, the centre portion cut away. This
carries octagonal queen-posts, broach-stopped to a square base; the base and
head have a single bold roll-moulding. Intact braces to the collar and arcade
plates, all nailed in position. Roof has heavily sooted coupled rafters.
This is a very early example of a queen-post roof. Widely-spaced C14
studding. The upper end wall has a heavier central stud with a pair of
reverse-curved braces to the tie beam. The rear wallplate has a stop-splayed
scarf joint although the arcade plates have edge-halved scarfs. Evidence for
doorway into former parlour end. Right gable end has plain studding, perhaps
early C17; the inserted floor is supported on a ledge of re-used moulded
timber. 2-bay C16 section, one narrow bay containing the stack, with evidence
for a former lobby entry doorway. Both floors have chamfered-joist ceilings
and some good heavy studding with evidence for original windows. Good C16
moulded door on upper floor. Roof has a single row of butt purlins with
cranked wind braces.

Listing NGR: TM1917766229

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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