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The Beeches, Walsham-le-Willows

Description: The Beeches

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281798

OS Grid Reference: TM0003671111
OS Grid Coordinates: 600036, 271111
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3017, 0.9324

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

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

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Listing Text


3/53 The Beeches


House. C16, in 2 phases, with later extensions. Timber-framed and rendered;
asbestos slates with an ornamental ridge to one range, old plaintiles with old
decorated ridge-tiles to the other; brick gable end on south. 2 storeys:
attics to part. L-shaped plan. The south gable end is in red brick with blue
headers, laid in English Bond; raised band at eaves level, corbels, plain
coping; the associated chimney-stack has a plain square shaft. Various
windows: one gabled dormer with 2-light casement window in the south slope of
the roof, another larger dormer in a lean-to extension; 2-light and 3-light
casement windows, some with leaded panes. The west face has one late c19
upper canted bay window with 3 large-paned sashes, and below it a large glazed
Edwardian rounded bay with shallow-pitched slate roof. Sash windows to the
upper floor of the east (garden) front, which also has applied mock-timbering
with the remains of comb-pargetting on the plaster underneath. A single-
storey porch with a shallow-pitched slate roof has been introduced into the
angle of the 2 ranges. C20 plank door. The east-west range has good close
studding exposed on the upper floor; arched braces to the angles. The west
gable wall has evidence for 2 diamond-mullioned windows, and there are 2
windows with diamond mullions in situ along the north wall, as well as
housings along the south side. At the east end, the gable wall has been cut
away below the tie-beam, which also has diamond-mullion housings. Along this
range, 3 bays in all, the main posts have no tie-beams, but the large
principal rafters carry low collars. The north-south range falls into several
sections, but the oldest part is of similar date to the east-west range and
the 2 were apparently originally in a corner-to-corner position, although now
linked by an extension in the north-east angle (cf. Tiled House, item 3/71).
2 bays have cambered tie-beams and long arched braces, some removed; according
to 1966 survey, a plain crown-post roof above. The adjoining bay may have
originally had no upper floor, as its end wall, with tension bracing, has a 3-
light diamond-mullioned window set on the level of the present upper floor.
The end bay on the south is a clear C18 addition in conjunction with the brick
gable. 2 bays on the ground floor have widely-spaced joists set on edge. A
straight flight of stairs with barley-sugar-twist balusters and moulded
handrail in the east-west range.

Listing NGR: TM0003671111

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Source: English Heritage

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