Description: Old Hall Farmhouse
Date Listed: 27 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 282298
OS Grid Reference: TM3155782967
OS Grid Coordinates: 631557, 282967
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3957, 1.4021
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SOUTH ELMHAM ST. NICHOLAS
TM 38 SW ALL SAINTS & ST. NICHOLAS
4/38 Old Hall Farmhouse
Farmhouse. C15 core, altered and extended in C16 and C17. 2 storeys; attic
to part; 3-cell form. Timber-framed, roughcast render, brick to the ground
floor on the left gable wall; clay pantiles. An internal chimney-stack with a
very large rebuilt square red brick shaft, band, and corbelled white brick
top. Casement windows, mainly 3-light with transomes and all with C20
diamond-leaded panes. 2 C20 doors: one, into a lobby entrance, with a rustic
timber porch; the other, in a cross-entry position, in a recessed brick porch.
The interior falls into 3 sections, the middle 1½ bays being the earliest,
with the core of an open hall, from which the roof structure and the tie-beam
of the open truss were removed later, and the walls heightened. The original
timbers are still smoke-blackened, but little evidence of the form of the hall
survives. A chimney-stack was inserted at its upper end in the mid C16, and a
new parlour block added. This has a fine exposed ceiling on the ground floor,
with double roll-mouldings to the main beam and joists and run-off stops.
Close-studding with cranked braces to the upper rooms, and an original upper
ceiling. On the rear wall, a blocked 4-light window with unusual wide roll-
moulded mullions. Between the parlour and hall, a square- headed ovolo-
moulded doorway with formalised roses at the base of the jambs, and a similar
doorway, much weathered, at the rear of the cross-entry. The service area has
been enlarged and raised in the C17, but still has fragments of mediaeval work.
The remains of mullioned windows with wide sills, and a further doorway, now
reset, with 4-centred arched head and carved spandrels, all from the rear
wall, suggest that the house formerly faced the other way. A long 1½ storey
lean-to now runs along the back. The house contains a number of good moulded
C16 plank doors, all different, with original hinges.
Listing NGR: TM3155782967
Source: English Heritage
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