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56, High Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Debenham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2233 / 52°13'23"N

Longitude: 1.1821 / 1°10'55"E

OS Eastings: 617442

OS Northings: 263112

OS Grid: TM174631

Mapcode National: GBR VM3.RNV

Mapcode Global: VHLB1.FCTZ

Plus Code: 9F4365FJ+8V

Entry Name: 56, High Street

Listing Date: 9 December 1955

Last Amended: 24 June 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1032291

English Heritage Legacy ID: 281534

Location: Debenham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Debenham

Built-Up Area: Debenham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Debenham St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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TM 16 SE
6/110 No.56 (formerly listed
9.12.55 as Oakcroft; House
adjoining Oakcroft on SE


House. A late C14 single-ended Wealden-type house with early-mid C16 wing to
rear. The later upper end of this house is now within No.54 adjacent (qv.
Item 6/109). Restored 1974-6. Timber framed and rendered, exposed studding
at front. Mid rail has remains of embattled ornament. Pantiled roof. 2
storeys and attic. Jettied service cell with exposed joist-ends; traces of
one carved buttress shaft. Flying wallplate has original brackets. Each
floor has 2 oak mullioned windows of 1986. To extreme left a re-used C16-C17
battened plank door. A second doorway to right is now blocked. Stack has
axial shaft. Interior. Former open hall is of raised-aisle form. Low tie
beam with shafted soffit, formerly knee-braced to wallposts. This carries
tall cross-quadrate arcade posts with massive braces to the upper tie beam,
meeting at the centre. Side ties to wallplates, that to rear with 2 braces,
that to front extending to flying wallplate to which the truss is symmetrical.
Evidence for an upper crown-post truss: this, together with the arcade plates,
is missing, the roof a much later reconstruction re-using many sooted rafters.
At the upper end of the hall is a knee-braced tie beam with evidence for
studding above but not below. This implies the house was built against an
earlier wing. A later rebuild of this wing has a crude scarf joint with the
C14 wallplate which has failed. Largely intact studding. Rear wall has
cross-entry doorway with 2-centred arch and 6-light hall window with square
mullions. Plain joists at service end with evidence for axial division. C16
inserted floor has chamfered joists. Stack inserted in lower bay of hall, in
2 phases; fireplace in service end has lintol formed from re-used timber
showing pegholes for medieval doorhead. Rear wing, in 2 1/2 bays, has widely-
spaced studs, irregular plain joists and a side purlin roof replacing one of
crown-post type.

Listing NGR: TM1744263112

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