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Description: The Old Forge
Date Listed: 1 November 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 281690
OS Grid Reference: TM1175066868
OS Grid Coordinates: 611750, 266868
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2592, 1.1013
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WETHERINGSETT-CUM-BROCKFORD BROCKFORD, MENDLESHAM
TM 16 NW ROAD
6/105 The Old Forge
House, latterly 3 cottages. Early C16. Timber framed and rendered, thatched
roof. 2 cells of high quality, the service end to north lost. 2 storeys and
attic. Underbuilt jetty to east, facing the Ipswich-Norwich road. 3 windows,
mid C20 3-light casements with horizontal glazing bars. 2 old plank doors,
mid C20 French windows to right. One eyebrow dormer. Main stack has rebuilt
axial shaft. A further stack of narrow red brick against north gable end.
Small mid C20 porch on south gable end. To rear (west), a 2-storey lean-to of
rendered clay lump under a slated roof. Interior. Hall and parlour have fine
ceilings: fully-moulded floorbeams with a complex series of rolls and hollows,
joists with 2 hollow mouldings and cut-back stops. The hall is now divided
into 2 rooms. Evidence for service doorways at north gable end. Intact heavy
studding with no visible bracing; close studding to east on upper floor;
evidence for many original windows: these probably had square mullions.
Ground floor studs to east pushed forward to underbuild jetty, perhaps in C17.
Truss over hall chamber has shallow braces and carries a plain crown-post with
2-way bracing to the collar purlin and cranked down braces to the tie beam.
Remainder of crown-post roof intact. Stack is a later addition, probably
preceded by a timber flue or smoke bay as the timbers in the narrow bay which
the stack occupies are smoke stained. C17 upper ceilings.
Listing NGR: TM1175066868
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Source: English Heritage
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