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Spexhall Hall, Spexhall

Description: Spexhall Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282096

OS Grid Reference: TM3781081290
OS Grid Coordinates: 637810, 281290
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3780, 1.4926

Location: Hall Lane, Spexhall, Suffolk IP19 0RR

Locality: Spexhall
Local Authority: Waveney District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP19 0RR

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Listing Text


2/22 Spexhall Hall


- II

Farmhouse. Late C15 and later. 2 storeys and attics to main range. Timber-
framed and rendered; black glazed pantiles; a red brick gable on the east
incorporating a chimney-stack with a plain square shaft. A lean-to on the
west side, and a 1½ storey rear range at right-angles to the front, are both
encased in colour-washed brick. The main range has an internal chimney-stack
with short diagonally-set attached shafts; 3-light old mullion-and-transome
type windows; and a 6-panel door with raised fielded panels, and surround with
half-round pilasters, entablature, and an oblong fanlight with diagonal
glazing bars. Basically, a late medieval 3-cell house, of which only the 2-
bay open hall survives: this was high, with embattled ornament on the middle
rails at what is now the level of the inserted ceiling. A fine doorway in the
north-west corner, with 4-centred arched head and cavetto moulding, led to the
parlour, replaced by the present lean-to. The main beam of the inserted
ceiling has ovolo-moulding and stepped stops with jewel; the inserted stack,
with 2 back-to-back hearths, is at the west end of the hall. At the east end,
a later studded partition divides off the present entrance hall; the original
service area was extended or replaced to form a parlour in the late C16. The
roof over the former open hall, although altered, is smoke-blackened, and was
apparently of simple rafter construction; over the eastern end there are
clasped side purlins. The wing at the rear is an early-to-mid C17 service
range with the main beams partly reused, probably from the earlier house: one
has the remains of mouldings and Tudor flower motifs. The house stands on a
rectangular moated site.

Listing NGR: TM3781081290

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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