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The Rookery, Walsham-le-Willows

Description: The Rookery

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281791

OS Grid Reference: TM0051471282
OS Grid Coordinates: 600514, 271282
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3030, 0.9395

Location: Finningham Road, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk IP31 3BQ

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

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Listing Text


3/46 The Rookery (formerly
listed as 'Rookery
15/11/54 Farmhouse)


Former farmhouse. Circa 1600.and later. Timber-framed and rendered with some
lining, white brick facing to part, plaintiled roofs. 2 storeys, attics to
part; irregular form. 2 internal chimney-stacks, one with 4 barrel shafts
moulded at cap and base on a long narrow base decorated with 2 courses of
diaper-patterned tiles (cf. Green Farmhouse, Item 3/41, and Crownland Hall,
Item 3/43). Part of the south front has a mid-C19 white brick face: a central
gable, with a raised course of bricks along its slopes, a spike finial with
ball, and corbels, is set slightly forward of 2 flanking crenellated sections.
The gable has paired 12-pane sash windows within heavy mock-stone surrounds to
ground and first floors and a single 12-pane sash in the apex; the crenellated
sides each have a 4-panelled door and fanlight with radiating glazing-bars in
a semi-circular-headed, surround and a 12-pane sash window above. The
remainder of the south front has 9-pane sashes to each floor. Along the west
side, old 3-light casement windows to the upper floor, and a small 1½ storey
projecting C17 wing: fluted bargeboards and spike finial to gable, projecting
tie-beam with Jacobean carving, a 2-light casement window with a single bar to
each floor. The oldest part of the complex is the 4-bay 3-cell range with
internal chimney-stack, aligned north-south: to the south of the stack the
ground floor room behind the brick gable has an ovolo-moulded main beam with
lamb's tongue stops; to the north of the stack the main beams are plain and
worn. Close-studding with some C18 brick infill; Tudor brick on the north
side of the stack; joists on edge on the upper floor; roof, in 7 bays
unrelated to wall bays, with 2 rows of unstepped butt purlins and very large
principal rafters. The east-west range is not all of one date, and much
structure is concealed. The 4 eastern bays have exposed walling on the ground
floor, with indications that the ceilings were raised in the C18. Roof with
one row of unstepped butt purlins, one row of clasped purlins, and the remains
of windbraces.

Listing NGR: TM0051471282

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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