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Four Ashes Farmhouse, Walsham-le-Willows

Description: Four Ashes Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281797

OS Grid Reference: TM0007570567
OS Grid Coordinates: 600075, 270567
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2968, 0.9327

Location: Badwell Road, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk IP31 3BT

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

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Listing Text


3/52 Four Ashes Farmhouse


Former farmhouse. C15, C16, C17 and C18. Timber-framed and rendered with
plaintiled roofs. Complex form. Main range, aligned east-west, in 2 distinct
sections, part 1½ storeys, part 2 storeys and attic, linked by an internal
chimney-stack with plain red brick shaft. To right of stack, 3 bays of a
medieval house, with the present entrance into the original cross-entry: one
gabled dormer with plain bargeboards; 2 old casement windows to ground floor,
one 3-light and one 2-light, both with a single horizontal bar to lights; 4-
panelled entrance door, the top 2 panels glazed, within an open gabled rustic
porch. To left of stack, a C16 parlour wing, probably incorporating a further
medieval bay, has a reinstated 4-light mullioned window on the ground floor
and a small casement window above. A small 2-storey C17 wing projects from
the main range: this has a large stepped external chimney-stack on the left
with 3 truncated octagonal shafts on moulded bases; plain bargeboards;
overhanging tie-beam; an old 3-light casement window to each storey with
pintle hinges and a single horizontal bar to lights: on the right side wall, a
reinstated mullion-and-transome window d.1984. At the rear of the main range,
a tall narrow gabled stair wing with plain bargeboards and overhanging tie-
beam, a short flint and brick lean-to, and a red brick gabled wing containing
a single-storey kitchen. Little medieval framing visible inside: the tie-beam
of the open truss spanning the former hall has been cut through, but long
arched braces remain; roof covered, but apparently of simple rafter form. The
inserted ceiling in the hall has a double roll-moulding with run-off stops to
the main beam and ogee-moulding with run-off stops to the joists. Stack,
inserted against the partition at the upper end of hall, with 2 hearths: plain
timber lintel on hall side, on parlour side a damaged lintel with double roll-
moulding and leaf stops. C16 parlour block with good close-studding and main
beam with double roll-moulding. On its front ground floor wall, housings for
a long diamond-mullioned window, indicating that part of the older structure
is incorporated; on the rear wall, a high 7-light window with moulded mullions
in situ. Rear stair wing contains an early C17 dog-leg stair with flat shaped
and pierced balusters and pierced newel posts with rounded finials; a small
attic room with 2-light window above the stair. The front wing has an open
fireplace with ovolo-moulded brick surround, plastered, to ground floor, and a
smaller similar upper fireplace with brick exposed. A blocked original window
in the side wall, similar to that reinstated on the ground floor.

Listing NGR: TM0007570567

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Source: English Heritage

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