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Latitude: 52.2448 / 52°14'41"N
Longitude: 0.7128 / 0°42'45"E
OS Eastings: 585300
OS Northings: 264203
OS Grid: TL853642
Mapcode National: GBR QF0.71B
Mapcode Global: VHKD4.9VN0
Plus Code: 9F426PV7+W4
Entry Name: 1, Abbeygate Street
Listing Date: 16 June 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1021953
English Heritage Legacy ID: 466577
Location: Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP33
Civil Parish: Bury St Edmunds
Built-Up Area: Bury St Edmunds
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
Church of England Parish: Bury St Edmunds St John the Evangelist
Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich
BURY ST EDMUNDS
TL8564SW ABBEYGATE STREET
639-1/14/121 (North side)
Building society office, originally shop with living
accommodation above. Late C15, extended to rear (north) in
early C16. Restored 1988, when the present shop fronts were
inserted. Timber-framed and rendered, slated roof with
ornamental crest tiles. Gable end to south has C19 pierced
bargeboards and spike finial. Rendered external stack against
east wall and a small single-storey lean-to extension.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with attic and cellar. Single window
range. Occupies the south end of an island site between
Skinner Street and The Traverse. The upper floor was jettied
on all 3 sides, the jettying mostly reinstated and the
bressumer re-faced in 1988. At the gable end both bressumer
and mid-rail have embattled decoration. Only the tops of the
corner-posts survive, supported on C19 cast-iron columns
encased in timber. Timber shop front with central recessed
doorway. A 6-panel sash window at first floor and another at
attic level. Side facing The Traverse has projecting addition
with shop front; three 6-pane sash windows to upper floor.
Skinner Street frontage has small section of jetty with
original moulded and embattled bressumer and one original
bracket. 3 sash windows to upper floor.
INTERIOR: earlier phase in 3 bays with a one-bay addition at
the north end. Heavy close studding, most complete in the
front bay on the upper floor where it has been left exposed.
One wallplate has an edge-halved and bridled scarf with
undersquinted butts. Original upper windows had spandrels and
moulded mullions for which evidence is now mainly concealed.
The front bay was partitioned-off on both floors: the first
floor partition, with remains of tension braces, is largely
intact. Ground floor ceiling in front bay has chamfered
dragon-beams and heavy plain joists. Similar joists in the
other bays are now concealed. The front bay has a C17 upper
ceiling. The earlier work has a plain crown-post roof with
2-way bracing. Roof over rear bay renewed in C19. Cellar below
whole building, mainly with C20 rendering, but some fragments
of flint and old brick visible. A small projecting section
below the corner of Abbeygate Street and The Traverse has 2
courses of large ashlar blocks with flint rubble above and
below and a low arched roof of Tudor brick.
Listing NGR: TL8530064203
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