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Park Farmhouse, Wattisfield

Description: Park Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 281843

OS Grid Reference: TM0095873921
OS Grid Coordinates: 600958, 273921
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3266, 0.9476

Location: The Street, Wattisfield, Suffolk IP22 1NT

Locality: Wattisfield
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP22 1NT

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Listing Text


3/98 Park Farmhouse


Former farmhouse. C15, with alterations of circa 1600. Timber-framed; C20
render, pargetted in panels; thatch. 1½ storeys, 3-cell form, with a small
projecting C18 single-storey wing to the right of the front. The main range
in 6 bays has an internal chimney-stack with a plain rebuilt red brick shaft;
2 eyebrow dormers; C20 casement windows with square leaded panes and a
reinstated 6-light hall window. On the upper floor, 2 small 2-light mullioned
windows, and an original 3-light window with diamond mullions on the rear
wall. C20 boarded entrance door. Inside, the former 2-bay open hall retains
its smoke-blackened crown-post roof: the crown-post, braced 4 ways at the
head, with moulded cap and square chamfered shaft, has had its base and part
of the supporting tie-beam cut away for the insertion of a doorway when the
hall was ceiled over. Long arched braces to the tie-beam. At the lower end
of the hall, a plank-and-muntin screen divided off the cross-passage; chimney-
stack with 2 back-to-back hearths inserted against the upper end partition.
The ceiling over the hall, which may be later in date than the stack, has main
cross-beams and joists set flat, all with chamfer and curved'stepped stops,
and a stair trap, now filled in, an unusual feature in a hall ceiling (cf.
Swan Cottage, Lawshall, Suffolk). Plain cambered lintel to fireplace, now
with C20 ornamentation on soffit. The parlour end is a late C16 addition: on
ground floor, unchamfered joists set flat and a chamfered main beam without
stops; plain cambered fireplace lintel; stair trap in ceiling, now blocked,
indicates that the parlour is earlier than the inserted hall ceiling. Arched
braces to tie-beam in room above; 2 small reinstated diamond-mullioned
windows, and a 4-light late C17/early C18 mullion and transome window inserted
into the gable end: square section moulded mullions, intermediate bars; one
small opening casement with ornate hinges; square leaded panes. The medieval
service rooms were replaced by a single 2-bay room in the later C17: the
widely-spaced joists rest on clamps.

Listing NGR: TM0095873921

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Source: English Heritage

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