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College Farmhouse, St Cross, South Elmham

Description: College Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 282310

OS Grid Reference: TM2997984702
OS Grid Coordinates: 629979, 284702
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4119, 1.3801

Location: St Cross South Elmham, Suffolk IP20 0NT

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

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Listing Text

TM 28 SE

3/50 College Farmhouse

- II

Former farmhouse. Late C16. 2 storeys and attics; T-shaped form: main range
and cross-wing. Timber framed; rendered main range; the cross wing encased in
whitewashed brick. Black glazed pantiles. A large external chimney-stack to
each range, one with a pair of attached diagonally-set square shafts. Various
casement windows, those in the front of the main range replaced during
restoration in 1985; in the cross-wing mainly 3-light casements with
transomes, the oldest C18, with the remains of square leaded panes, and those
of the C19 with segmental arched heads to frames and surrounds. On the rear
wall is a series of reinstated original mullioned windows with some of the
mullions reproduced: 3 of 3-lights with chamfered mullions to the upper floor,
one to the stair, and another beside the chimney-stack of 4 lights, with
ovolo-moulded mullions; all have intermediate bars. Studded plank entrance
door within a small open gabled timber porch. Much substantial timbering
exposed inside, with evidence of considerable reuse of components.
Restoration has altered the layout somewhat, but established that both ranges
are contemporary. The principal room to the right of the main range has an
open timber ceiling with 3" chamfer and stepped scroll stops to the main beam;
close studding on 2 walls, and a wide, open fireplace with a flat moulded
brick arch, the bricks in a mixture of soft reds and yellows. Remains of a
cross-entry; the service area to the left of it formerly had a half cellar. A
ladder stair of wide dog-leg type links the 2 ranges. On the upper floor,
evidence for a former storied porch to the cross-entry, and a blocked door in
the right gable, either for an outside stair or for a further section of the
main range. The upper ceilings and attics are original. The cross-wing
originally contained one 3-bay room on the ground floor. Both ranges have
identical roofs, with 2 rows of butt purlins and additional intermediate
collars between trusses. To the north of the house is an associated moated
site. The farmstead was formerly the property of St. John's College,
Cambridge, which accounts for its name.

Listing NGR: TM2997984702

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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