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The Wurlie, Badwell Ash

Description: The Wurlie

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281755

OS Grid Reference: TL9907969175
OS Grid Coordinates: 599079, 269175
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2846, 0.9173

Location: The Street, Badwell Ash, Suffolk IP31 3DP

Locality: Badwell Ash
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP31 3DP

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Listing Text


4/10 Nos. 1,2 & 3 The Wurlie
15/11/54 (formely listed as The
Wurlie, tile Street)


House, now divided into 3. C15, C16 and C17. Timber-framed and rendered; old
plaintiles. Complex form, in at least 4 separate builds: a central range,
aligned north-south and at right-angles to the street, flanked by 2 cross-
wings of differing dates. 2 storeys; attics to one cross-wing. No.1, on the
street frontage, has 2-light and 3-light small-paned C20 standard windows and
a recessed porch with ornate C20 plank door. To left of entry, 1½ bays formed
a late medieval open hall: housings for 5-light diamond-mullioned hall windows
in both side walls. The middle rails of the frame formed transomes to these
windows and have long rebates for shutters. The main posts of the open truss
have carved capitals and the remains of shafts; heavy arched braces, meeting
in the centre, below a cambered tie-beam; plain square crown-post, braced 4
ways at the head. Little or no smoke-blackening on the roof-timbers. The
gable end on the west has arched braces to the tie-beam, but no original
studding, indicating that the building went further westwards. Fine inserted
hall ceiling: double roll-moulding to cross-beams, single roll to joists.
Adjoining the hall on the right, a 2-bay extension of the later C17: joists on
edge; original upper ceilings; principal rafters; considerable replacement of
timbers during restoration of 1960's. No.2, the central range, has 2-light
C20 standard windows, but also one 4-light window with moulded mullions on the
south side and 2 5-light older windows on the north, with diamond mullions on
the upper floor, and on the ground floor with reinstated moulded mullions. 2
C20 plank doors, one ornate. An internal chimney-stack with a plain rebuilt
red brick shaft. 3-cell plan. The 2-bay ground-floor hall has a main beam
with double roll-moulding and a single roll to joists; very large open
fireplace with Tudor brick surround and plain cambered lintel. 2 service
doorways in the partition wall with shallow, almost segmental, arched heads.
Plain queen-post roof.' 'No.3 the north cross-wing, has small-paned standard
casement windows throughout; one gabled dormer; a small lean-to porch
addition; and an internal chimney-stack with a plain rebuilt red brick shaft.
Front section with good close-studding and remains of original windows with
shutter-slides on the side walls, one probably an oriel. Main beam to ground
floor ceiling with a cavetto mould between 2 roll mouldings; joists with a
single roll. Upper fireplace with a depressed brick arch. It seems likely
that a smoke-bay preceded the stack. This part of the wing, which is
contemporary with the middle range, was probably built as a detached unit
house; it is now joined to the rest of the building by a C17 link. Both
halves of this wing had original upper ceilings; roof with clasped side

Listing NGR: TL9907969175

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Source: English Heritage

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