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16 and 18, Bridewell Lane

A Grade II Listed Building in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2426 / 52°14'33"N

Longitude: 0.7159 / 0°42'57"E

OS Eastings: 585525

OS Northings: 263964

OS Grid: TL855639

Mapcode National: GBR QF0.7V7

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.CWBQ

Entry Name: 16 and 18, Bridewell Lane

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1031119

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466665

Location: Bury St. Edmunds, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

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 Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


639-1/11/205 (West side)
07/08/52 Nos.16 AND 18


House, now divided into 2. C15, with earlier fragments to part
and later extensions to front. Timber-framed, render to No.16,
roughcast to No.18; plaintiles.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, attics and cellars; half-H form, with 2
projecting storied cross-wings to north and south and a former
2-bay open hall in the centre, now divided between the 2
properties on the line of the inserted chimney-stack, which
has a cruciform red brick shaft. No.16 has random
fenestration, partly as a result of mid-C20 restoration. On
the ground storey of the cross-wing a tripartite small-paned
sash window; on the 1st storey, a 12-pane sash in a flush
cased frame; a small sliding sash to the attic.
The hall range has a rectangular projecting bay with a fixed
12-pane window and flat roof on the ground storey, and just
below the eaves, a small 2-light ovolo-moulded mullioned
window. In the slope of the roof a flat-headed dormer with a
small-paned 2-light casement window. The entrance door on the
north side of the wing has a heavy Greek Doric doorcase with
fluted columns, a triglyph frieze and a cornice: this was
removed from Blomfield House in the 1960s when it was
demolished to make way for the Health Centre.
INTERIOR: an impressive fireplace surround and overmantel on
the south wall with enriched bolection-mouldings has also been
introduced from elsewhere and does not relate to a
chimney-stack. The cross-wing has exposed framing only on the
north wall adjoining the hall; on the 1st storey the wallplate
has an edge-halved scarf joint with undersquinted bridled
abutments. At the rear of the wing the roof has been raised.
The hall range is separately framed with an open truss butted
up against the wing: this has a main post with bracket and
shaft and a long arched brace to the tie-beam. One bay of the
hall is in each house: in No.16 the lower bay, which has been
opened up to tie-beam level. Along the front wall the studding
remains only above the level of the middle rail, and the
central open truss is now immediately in front of the inserted
stack, which was placed over the site of the open hearth. The
main post of the central truss, visible in the front wall, has
ogee-moulding and the remains of a bracket and shaft with a
long arched brace to the tie-beam above. Traces of red ochre
colouring on some of the timbers.

In the attic storey the crown-post, standing on a cambered
tie-beam, has a tall octagonal shaft moulded at cap and base
and originally braced 4 ways; the braces to the collar-purlin
have been removed and the roof is ceiled over at collar level
so that no rafters are visible. The cross-wing of No.18 has a
narrow one-and-a-half storey extension on the north side and a
wide single-storey extension on the south. All windows are C19
sashes in flush cased frames with a single vertical
glazing-bar, except for one former shop window, with a moulded
fascia and cornice, to the right of the entrance and a small
paned 2-light casement window to the upper storey of the
former hall.
C19 extensions at the rear of the wing are now occupied as a
separate house. A 4-panel door with the top 2 panels glazed
and a blank rectangular fanlight in a wooden surround with a
flat bracketed pediment.
INTERIOR: much modernised during the 1980s with many original
features concealed, particularly in the cross-wing. A fine
flint and stone cellar has vaulting in C17 brick. There is a
thick wall of rubble flint between the hall and the wing with
the stone jamb to one side of a doorway; the doorhead is
missing. On the hall side of this wall is a 2nd open truss
with an ogee-moulded and cambered tie-beam supported by arched
braces; a crown-post, moulded at cap and base, above. The
collar-purlin is a replacement, but the collars and rafters
are original. The hall timbers are all massive and lightly
smoke-blackened. In the front wall, the rebate for the former
hall window which had an ogee-moulded surround.
The mortice-holes suggest that the mullions were moulded.
Mid-C17 inserted ceiling over the hall, on 2 levels. Main
beams with chamfer and scroll stops; plain joists. The C17
chimney-stack has a timber lintel, chamfered, with scroll

Listing NGR: TL8552563964

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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