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Fishpond Farmhouse, Walsham-le-Willows

Description: Fishpond Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281825

OS Grid Reference: TM0013472361
OS Grid Coordinates: 600134, 272361
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3129, 0.9346

Location: Walsham le Willows, Suffolk IP31 3AH

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

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Listing Text


3/80 Fishpond Farmhouse


Former farmhouse. C16, with possibly older core. Timber-framed, formerly
rendered, but encased c.1920 in red and white brick, now whitewashed. Clay
pantiles. 2 storeys; 3-cell form. An internal chimney-stack with a plain red
brick shaft. C20 casement windows, 2-light to the upper floor, 3-light to the
ground floor. An enclosed and gabled brick porch with C20 door. A 1½-storey
red brick and flint lean-to along the whole rear wall. Frame, exposed inside,
in 4 bays, has good studding with long arched braces. To the left of the
stack, a one-bay service area, formerly divided into 2, has the remains of 2
flat-headed doorways in the partition wall. In the gable wall at ceiling
height is a beam with embattled ornament. Adjoining the service area is a
one-bay room with chamfered main beam and a plain timber lintel to the open
fireplace. To the right of the stack, a 2-bay parlour with chamfered main
beam supported by jowled posts, fireplace with rounded back to brickwork and
plain timber lintel, and a 5-light mullioned window in the gable end, the
mullions with roll and hollow. A similar window in the upper room, with very
damaged mullions, has 3 lights and 2 narrow half-lights. There is no chimney-
bay, the stack being entirely within the parlour so that the main ceiling beam
is off-centre. The posts which carry this beam have no linking tie-beam
above, and appear to be of different timber from the rest of the frame: this
truss may be a replacement of a former end truss, for'the unusual layout
suggests that the interior has undergone extensive remodelling. The embattled
beam, now in the service area, may have been the dais beam of an open hall; if
so, the house has a possible medieval core. The studding on the upper rear
wall has evidence of replacement, and the remains of a large diamond-mullioned
window. The present roof has clasped side purlins without principals or
windbraces, and no smoke-blackening. The house stands. in an isolated
position, away from the road, and immediately on the parish boundary.

Listing NGR: TM0013472361

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Source: English Heritage

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