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Wood Farmhouse, Spexhall

Description: Wood Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 23 April 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 282102

OS Grid Reference: TM3833882383
OS Grid Coordinates: 638338, 282383
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3876, 1.5011

Location: A144, Spexhall, Suffolk IP19 0RN

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

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Listing Text


2/28 Wood Farmhouse


Farmhouse. Late C16. 2-storey main range, part with attics; 1½-storey
section at-the east end. Timber-framed and rendered; black glazed pantiles.
An internal and end chimney-stack to the main range, both with plain shafts,
the internal stack of reused Tudor bricks. Various old 3-light casement
windows with transomes and pintle hinges; at the west end of the front and in
the west gable, reinstated original windows with hollow-chamfer moulding to
the mullions. 2 plank doors. The lower section on the east has 2 3-light C20
standard casement windows. The main range has a 3-cell plan originally with a
cross-entry, but later with a lobby entrance; frame in 5 bays, including a
chimney-bay. The framing is plain and substantial: main posts with shaped
heads; reversed braces at the corners; evidence for a number of original
diamond-mullioned windows: one of 5 lights and one of 4 lights on the rear
upper wall have mullions in situ. 2 open fireplaces on the ground floor, both
with plain lintels, in the hall with curved stops and jewel, in the parlour
with scroll-stops; an upper fireplace above the parlour has traces of original
plaster, coloured and tuck-pointed. Ceilings with plain joists set flat,
chamfered main beams, curved stops with jewel. The cross-entry was divided
from the hall by a plain plank screen, surviving in part. To the east of the
cross entry a single large service room with a blocked stair trap and a later
end chimney-stack. The room above, possibly used as a cheese chamber, seems
to have been blocked off from the rest of the upper floor. The upper ceiling
at the west end is original, with joists set flat, but above the 2-bay central
room, now divided into 2, the joists are a later insertion, and are set on
edge. The tie-beam of the open truss, in what is now a partition wall, has
long arched braces. Roof with clasped purlins, one row of unstepped butt
purlins and cranked windbraces. The lower section on the east; is in 2 bays of
differing dates: one with very substantial, possibly reused, joists; the
other, with much lighter and later framing, now open to the roof. In the
kitchen, an old pump, reset from the former scullery, is dated 1839, with
initials T.R The house stands sideways-on to the road.

Listing NGR: TM3833882383

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Source: English Heritage

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