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Layers Breck Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Rushbrooke with Rougham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.234 / 52°14'2"N

Longitude: 0.7826 / 0°46'57"E

OS Eastings: 590115

OS Northings: 263184

OS Grid: TL901631

Mapcode National: GBR RGF.ST9

Mapcode Global: VHKDC.J33Q

Entry Name: Layers Breck Farmhouse

Listing Date: 21 February 1972

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1031165

English Heritage Legacy ID: 284458

Location: Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

Civil Parish: Rushbrooke with Rougham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Rougham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


5/37 Layers Breck Farmhouse

Former farmhouse. C15: a Wealden house, with a contemporary rear wing. The
storied upper end of the main range is now missing. Part 2 storeys, with
later cellar below, part 2 storeys and attics. 3 bays to front range, 2 bays
to rear. Timber-framed, with the timbers exposed on most of the front; the
remainder rendered. Roofs with pantiles, some black-glazed. An end chimney-
stack to each range, that to the main range with 4 hexagonal shafts with
attached heads on a plain rectangular base. 2 fireplaces on the external wall
indicate the position of the missing storied end: both hearths have rounded
backs and arched surrounds, on the upper storey plastered and ovolo-moulded.
C20 casement windows in a variety of styles; part of one diamond-mullioned
upper window exposed on the right side of the front. The wide doorway has
shallow arched spandrels; empty mortices above and to each side of the
surround indicate a former original porch (cf. similar evidence at The Little
Hall, Market Place, Lavenham). This doorway, with a corresponding doorway on
the back wall, made a cross-passage entry to the former 2-bay open hall,
divided from the hall by a screen with a wide central opening; this is still
in situ, but infilled by later panelling. Crown-post roof, with a very fine
open truss: chamfered posts, and a cambered tie-beam with hollow-chamfer
moulding; heavy arched braces terminating in carved capitals, both different;
a tall octagonal crown-post, moulded at cap and base and braced 4 ways at the
head: one brace missing. The front wall of the upper hall bay was pushed
forward to the line of the outer wallplate in the late C16; the inserted hall
beam of the same date has a plain chamfer and curved stops, and the hearth a
plain timber lintel. On the other side of the cross-passage, the doors for
the 2 service rooms, with arched heads, and the doorway to the stair, are all
in situ. The rear wing has an original arched doorway and window, and seems
to have had a separate cross-entry against the rear wall of the main range.
Access to the main house was only on the upper storey. The wing has an
exposed ceiling with heavy cross-beams, and a large open fireplace replacing a
former smoke-bay. The timbering throughout the house is of very good quality.

Listing NGR: TL9011563184

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

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