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Cotton Lodge, Cotton

Description: Cotton Lodge

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281609

OS Grid Reference: TM0807265649
OS Grid Coordinates: 608072, 265649
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2497, 1.0467

Location: Cotton, Suffolk IP14 4RQ

Locality: Cotton
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 4RQ

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Listing Text

TM 06 NE
2/24 Cotton Lodge

-- II
Former farmhouse. Late C16, in 2 very closely-dated phases, presupposing the
existence of an earlier house. Restored 1970's. Timber framed and plastered;
parapet gable ends in English bond red brick, with diapering to the short
front return walls. Plaintiled roof. 2 cells. 2 storeys and attic. The
facade has been restored to its original symmetrical form. Flanking T-shape
windows, each comprising a 5-light window with transom and mullioned side
lights; original cavetto-moulded mullions in side lights on upper floor, the
remaining windows 1970's reproductions. Central doorway has C16-C17 plank
door (brought from elsewhere). Above is a 5-light window with transom. 3
gabled dormers of 1970's with modillioned lintols (as originals); each has a
5-light window with transom. Matching gable stacks with 4 closely-set square
shafts with linked caps. Right gable end has 2 pairs of small and very plain
original windows, without external splays. Both gables have small splayed
attic windows. Gabled stair wing at rear, with a similar 1970's addition
adjoining. One-storey 1970's addition set back to left. Interior. Fully
exposed frame with some heavy close studding; a good deal of later alteration
relating to the insertion of new windows. Earlier phase to left has a single
room on 3 floors. Ground floor room has on-edge joists, now plastered over as
originally intended. Rear wallpost has shaped head. Large open fireplace
with original lintol. Main apartment to right has ogee and hollow-moulded
bridging beam and joists, normally of early-mid C16 and perhaps re-used; the
axial bridging beam in the end bay is ovolo-moulded. At junction of the 2
phases is a cross beam of deep narrow section, supported at the rear by a
chamfered post with Jacobean carving; the partition wall it carries has an
ovolo-moulded doorway. Stair wing abuts earlier phase but is of later date
and is much altered: an external doorway abuts the lowermost flight, which is
a re-used former ladder stair with solid treads; evidence for blocked windows
and for a probable attic flight, now lost. Main chamber has arched stuccoed
fireplace. Roof has mainly butt purlins. Over the earlier phase the upper
row of purlins are morticed into diminished principals but not clasped by the
collars, an unusual hybrid form. A collar in this section has a painted date
162-. The house is of particular interest as an early example of a planned
symmetrical frontage, and because all rooms (including attics) were heated
from the outset. The absence of service rooms makes an original use as a
farmhouse unlikely. Surrounding medieval moat.

Listing NGR: TM0807265649

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Source: English Heritage

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