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Sweetbriars, Walsham-le-Willows

Description: Sweetbriars

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 April 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281776

OS Grid Reference: TL9991071164
OS Grid Coordinates: 599910, 271164
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3022, 0.9306

Location: Ixworth Road, 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


2/31 Sweetbriars


House. C15. Timber-framed and rendered, with panels of comb-patterned
pargetting, restored C20 black glazed pantiles. 1½ storeys; 3-cell plan.
The internal chimney-stack has a plain shaft of old red brick. 3 gabled
dormers with fluted bargeboards and 2-light square-leaded casement windows.
On the ground floor, one 4-light casement window with transome and 3 cross
windows, all with square leading, some C20 restored. Enclosed and gabled
porch; entrance door with 6 raised and fielded panels. A small single-storey
gabled extension at the right end. Basically a medieval house with a central
open hall flanked by 2 storied ends; in the C16, the chimney-stack with 2
back-to-back hearths was inserted at the lower end of the hall, blocking the
cross-entry, and the 2 service rooms at the lower (north) end were made into
one. The inserted ceiling in the hall has heavy chamfered main beam and
joists, all with scroll stops, and the lintel over the open fireplace has
triple roll-moulding on the soffit and a complex central motif in the form of
a cusped circle, embellished with formalised leaves and an ornate Tau cross.
The original ceilings to the 2 end rooms have plain heavy unchamfered joists,
those at the upper (south), end of better quality; remains of stair traps at
both ends. The open truss over the hall has a cambered tie-beam and long
arched braces, originally meeting in the centre: plain pilaster strips, now
mutilated, ran down the front of the main posts. Smoke-blackened rafter roof,
with the remains of original plaster in one end partition. The roofs over
both ends have been reconstructed with side purlins: the gable end framing
indicates that they were originally hipped. At the north end, the remains of
an oriel window on the upper floor.

Listing NGR: TL9991071164

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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