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The Chestnuts, Cretingham

Description: The Chestnuts

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 August 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 286454

OS Grid Reference: TM2197457717
OS Grid Coordinates: 621974, 257717
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1730, 1.2449

Location: Cretingham, Suffolk IP13 7DP

Locality: Cretingham
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP13 7DP

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Listing Text

TM 25 NW
(East side)
- The Chestnuts
- II

House. Late C16. Similar to those built in Monewden for the Stebbings
family. Timber framed with colourwashed render and a plain tiled roof,
probably originally thatched. Two storeys with attic. Three cells with
baffle-entry originally with a screens passage and service rooms at one
end. Entrance front: C20 hipped porch to left of centre with tripartite
C20 glazed doorway, to left of this is C20 three-light casement window. To
right of it are two similar windows and to the first floor are 3 similar
windows, though of less depth. To the ridge at left of centre above the
doorway is a massive chimney stack of 2 flues with sawtooth decoration to
the upper body and a rectangular base with ball ornament. Left hand gable
end: single-light C20 ground floor window, a jettied gable above this with
a single-light window. Right hand side: gable end at left with a 6-light
ground floor window, the two central lights being French windows. To the
first floor are two 2-light casements with, dividing them, a blank panel,
and to the attic a single-light casement. To the right of this and
slightly recessed is a C20 wing which has a ½-glazed door to the ground
floor and a single light window at right. To the first floor is a 2-light
casement. Rear: large projecting 2-storey addition at left with a flat
roof which has rendered brick walling to the ground floor and clapboarding
at first floor level. At right of this and recessed is the C16 range. In
the re-entrant angle between the two is a single-storey porch with flat
roof and ½-glazed door. To the first floor are a 2-light and two single-
light casements, all the fenestration on this and the gable ends being of
C20 date.
Interior: The hall has an arrangement of crossed ceiling beams with joists
to the four cells, which run alternately axially and cross-axially. These
joists have stepped lamb's tongue end stops. To the far end of the hall,
was a screens passage with buttery and pantry, now opened out to form a
continuation of the hall. One further ground floor room with similar
joists beyond the stack. The winder staircase has been replaced by a
single flight to the rear of the stack which cuts into this room. Jowled
wall posts to the first floor and chamfered ceiling beams with end stops
and the surrounds to windows which had diamond-section mullions.

Listing NGR: TM2197457717

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Source: English Heritage

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