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The Old Forge, St Cross, South Elmham

Description: The Old Forge

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 282304

OS Grid Reference: TM2987083921
OS Grid Coordinates: 629870, 283921
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4050, 1.3780

Location: Fox Hill, St Cross South Elmham, Suffolk IP20 0NZ

Locality: St Cross, South Elmham
Local Authority: Waveney District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP20 0NZ

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Listing Text

TM 28 SE

3/44 The Old Forge

- II

House, formerly associated with the village forge and smithy, and at one time
divided into cottages. Late C16. 1½ storeys. Timber-framed basically, but
most of the outer framing has been replaced in stages during the C18 and C19
by red brick walling, some with blue headers, in part English, part Flemish,
and part random bond. Clay pantiles. The internal chimney-stack hats a partly
rendered plain red brick shaft. Tumbled brickwork to the gables. 2 flat-
headed dormers; 3-light casement windows with transomes, and arched heads to
frames and surrounds. One plank door and another with 4 flush panels. The
core of the house has a 2-cell lobby entrance plan, in 4 bays including a
chimney-bay. The 2-bay ground floor room to the north of the stack has an
exposed ceiling with plain unchamfered heavy joists and a chamfered main beam
with curved stops. The studs are widely-spaced but substantial. Roof with
clasped side purlins. Further north, a bay added in the C18 has thin joists
set on edge. Behind it, a small lean-to, added to the rear wall prior to the
brick facing, covers a section of pargetting in panels with an ornate raised
frieze at eaves level. At the south end of the house, a C19 extension with a
large gable-end stack, which may have been a separate cottage. The 1½-storey
height is most unusual for a post-medieval house in the South Elmhan parishes,
and the fragment of pargetting is the most ornate to survive there.

Listing NGR: TM2987083921

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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