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The Priory, Walsham-le-Willows

Description: The Priory

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 April 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281772

OS Grid Reference: TL9999671090
OS Grid Coordinates: 599996, 271090
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3015, 0.9318

Location: The Causeway, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk IP31 3AB

Locality: Walsham-le-Willows
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP31 3AB

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Listing Text


2/27 The Priory



Parsonage house. Early C16, with substantial extensions of 1904. Timber-
framed and rendered, plaintiled roofs. 2 storeys and attics; cellars to older
range. The north front has 2 stacks of chimneys, one set just within the west
gable with 4 barrel shafts on a corbelled rectangular base, the other, set
internally, with 2 similar shafts. One late C17 2-light casement window with
square leading to the upper floor and 3 similar blocked windows. A gabled 2-
storey porch, jettied along 3 sides, with C19 fluted bargeboards and spike
finial, contains the entrance door: Edwardian, 4-panel, the top 2 glazed with
Gothic heads to lights, the bottom 2 raised and fielded. To each side of the
porch, a single-storey lean-to with 2-light C20 casement windows, square
leaded. The 1904 extension forms a large mock-timbered wing at the east end
of the house and the south (garden) front has ornate fenestration largely of
that date: 2 gabled dormers with fluted bargeboards and spike finials, 2-light
upper windows with margin pane glazing, paired 2-light ground floor windows
with ornate Gothic heads to lights. A full height gabled porch with double
doors. The C16 range lies to left and right of the entrance porch. To the
left, the 2-bay ground-floor room has an ogee-moulded main beam with run-off
stops and additional applied mouldings. The post heads bear carved shields,
one with the words SWR RICHARD, the other with ALDRIH CHANU, but the date is
missing. Sir Richard Aldrich was one of the Canons at Ixworth Priory, and
became incumbent of Walsham after the Dissolution. Small wooden shields
attached to the fireplace lintel, one carved with a heart and arrows, the
other with a hand bearing a heart, may have no direct connection with the
house. To the right of the entrance a 2-bay room with a double roll-moulding
to the main beam and cornice. Below this is the original cellar which has a
large open fireplace with plain timber lintel. On the upper floor one ceiling
has ogee-moulded cross-beams with run-off stops, the other, plain cross-beams.
The porch room has a cambered ceiling, ogee moulded. The early C19 main stair
has stick balusters, plain handrail, open string and moulded tread ends.

Listing NGR: TL9999671090

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Source: English Heritage

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