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Croft House, Bardwell

Description: Croft House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 December 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 283993

OS Grid Reference: TL9437473723
OS Grid Coordinates: 594374, 273723
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3272, 0.8510

Location: Quaker Lane, Bardwell, Suffolk IP31 1AW

Locality: Bardwell
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP31 1AW

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Listing Text

The entry for the following building:-

(west side)

5/16 Croft House

- II

shall be amended to read:

(west side)

5/16 Croft House

- 14.12.83 II*

House. C15. Timber framed, with timbers exposed along front; close studding
with tension braces to upper storey, considerable later studding to ground
storey. Rendered on sides and rear. Thatched, half-hipped roof. 3-cell form
with former open hall. Internal chimney stack with 2 attached shafts set
diagonally. Various casement windows of C19 and C20. 2 original windows to
upper floor, one to extreme left with diamond mullions in situ, and other
secondary window openings, some blocked. Doorway to right, in position of
cross-entry; C18 6-panel door with 2 glazed upper panels, C20 open porch,
gabled and thatched. Original arched doorway at rear with C20 door.
Interior: Some good exposed studding with evidence for various diamond-
mullioned windows. Fine hall open truss: massive braces to tie beam forming
4-centred arch, plank spandrels, octagonal crown-post with moulded base and
cap and 4-way bracing at the head. All roof timbers in hall are heavily
sooted. Intact lower end wall of hall with pair of hollow-chamfered 4-
centre arched service doorways. 2-bay parlour: knee-braced bridging beam
(one brace renewed), heavy plain joists. 7 joists in the centre of the room
are trimmed just short of the gable end, with no original framing
underneath; this seems to be original work but its purpose is unclear.
Parlour chamber open truss altered: tie beam replaced by cruck-like timbers
supporting a new tie-beam at a higher level; this now carries the shortened
octagonal crown-post, which retains its moulded cap and 4-way bracing
Remainder of roof intact. Part of earlier thatch base coat (fleeking)
visible. Late C16 inserted floor in hall: heavy cross-beams with nicked
stepped stop-chamfers, chamfered joists with bar stops. Studded screen
against cross-passage is C16 or C17. Stack inserted in upper bay of hall:
large open fireplace in hall with original lintel, late C17 cupboard to one
side. Parlour fireplace rebuilt mid C20. Against the stack is a C17 newel
stair with carved finial to newel post.


TL 9273-9373 BARDWELL THE GREEN (West Side)

5/16 Croft House

- II

House. C16. 2 storeys: 6 bays. Timber-framed, with timbers exposed along
front, rendered on sides and rear. Thatched, half-hipped roof. Internal
chimney-stack with 2 attached square shafts, set diagonally. Early C19 3-light
casement windows to ground storey, 2-light to upper storey. Various blocked
windows in upper storey: 3 original, 2 with mullions in situ, and 2 secondary
openings, cut through frame. 6-panel door at extreme north end, with C20 open
porch, gabled and thatched. The framing is puzzling: tension bracing to upper
storey, and considerable replacement of studding to ground storey. The northern
half has evidence of an inserted main beam, and may well have a medieval core.
Several bays are very short, with intermediate main posts, running the whole
height of the frame, between them.

Listing NGR: TL9437673727

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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