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Grundisburgh Hall, Grundisburgh

Description: Grundisburgh Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285454

OS Grid Reference: TM2227349910
OS Grid Coordinates: 622273, 249910
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1028, 1.2441

Location: Park Road, Grundisburgh, Suffolk IP13 6TW

Locality: Grundisburgh
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP13 6TW

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Listing Text

TM 24 NW
(East side)
16/3/66 Grundisburgh Hall
House. Early C17 with extensive C20 additions and alterations. Timber
framed with rendered and colourwashed infill and Flemish bond brick with a
plain tile roof. Two storeys and attic. Entrance front: three bays
symmetrically disposed. Central plank door with moulded muntins at either
side of which, at the top, are 3-light casements which join with an
overlight, also of three lights. To either side at ground floor level are
mullioned windows of 5 lights with ovolo-moulded mullions and a transom.
Two similar lateral mullions to the first floor and a central similar 4-
light window. Metal rainwater pipes with decorated rectangular heads
between the bays. Dividing the first floor from the projecting gabled
dormers is an ovolo-moulded string course. The attic has two lateral
gables with 3-light casements and, at centre, a stilted gable, also with a
3-light ovolo-moulded mullion window. Early C19 prints show this front to
have had canted bay windows to the lateral bays which died back above first
floor level to smaller attic canted bays which had decoratively hipped
roofs, probably of lead. The facade was given a classical treatment in the
early C19 with Diocletian windows to the gables and was given its present
appearance in the 1960s. Right hand flank: exposed basement level due to
the fall of land. Massive chimney stack slightly at left of centre in
English bond brick which splays out via kneelers and then dies back via
crow-steps and terminates in 3 octagonal shafts with moulded bases and
faceted caps. The basement level of this front is also of English bond
brick with a colourwashed walling to the ground and first floors. To the
ground floor at right a C20 mullioned and transomed window of 4 lights and
to the first floor at either side of the chimney stack are single-light
windows. Recessed and at right of this is a large C20 addition which has a
basement, ground and first floors with a flat roof. The left hand side has
a slightly projecting plinth with a plank door at left with muntins. To
the first floor are two cross windows with ovolo-moulded surrounds and
brick hoodmoulds with label stops. Kneelers support the shaped gable which
has a concave lower body and convex top with 3 octagonal chimney shafts
with moulded bases and interlocked caps. Rear: to right is the projecting
C20 wing and to the left of this and recessed is the cl7 range which has
C20 fenestration save in the staircase turret at right which has to the
ground floor two 2-light casements at mezzanine level between the ground
and first floors. A 5-light ovolo-moulded mullioned window with transom
and a similar window to the mezzanine level between the first floor and
attics. To left of this is a large hall window being two windows of 3 x 3
lights divided by a king mullion. To the first floor above this are two
similar windows of 3 x 2 lights divided by a king mullion and to the gable
is a 3-light casement.

Interior: The library has late C16 panelling brought from the demolished
portion of the house. This has debased Ionic capitals with cabled fluting
and square panels to the overmantel with egg-and-dart surrounds. Chamfered
ceiling beams with stepped run-out stops and a Tudor arch to the hearth
with chamfered voussoirs. The hall has chamfered wall posts which
originally had decorative jowels, now somewhat cut back. Ceiling beams
with ovolo moulded edges and hollow channels to the centres. Cross
arrangement of beams, the axial beam halved over cross-axial beam.
Decorative plaster motifs to the ceiling, central rosettes with fleurs de
lys to the corners of each panel, brought from the demolished portion of
the house. Staircase of 4 flights with turned balusters and newels, heavy
moulded handrail with ball finials. Similar dado rails. To the first
floor one room has a similar cross-pattern of ceiling beams, here with
hollow centres. To the attic landing is a late C17 mural painting of 70
coats of arms of East Anglian families. The roof has principals, collars
and arched wind braces. The C17 portion of the house was one range of an
extensive building of C16 and C17 dates extending south of the present
house and demolished in the 1960's.

Listing NGR: TM2227349910

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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