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The Recess

A Grade II Listed Building in Debenham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2251 / 52°13'30"N

Longitude: 1.1816 / 1°10'53"E

OS Eastings: 617394

OS Northings: 263313

OS Grid: TM173633

Mapcode National: GBR VM3.KJX

Mapcode Global: VHLB1.FBHL

Plus Code: 9F4365GJ+2J

Entry Name: The Recess

Listing Date: 9 December 1955

Last Amended: 24 June 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1032324

English Heritage Legacy ID: 281510

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
6/86 No.17 (The Recess)
9.12.55 (formerly listed as
The Recess)


House, set at right angles to street behind No.15A (qv. Item 6/85). Early C16
with late C16 in-line addition. Timber framed and rendered, pantiled roof. 3
cells. 2 storeys and attic. Earlier phase has underbuilt jetty to south.
Main front faces south. 3 first floor C19 casements. Ground floor has 2 16-
paned sash windows and a mid C20 casement. 2 doorways with semi-glazed 4-
panel doors, one with overlight. 3 flush rooflights. Internal stack has
axial shaft. Interior. Early C16 work in 2 1/2 bays, with heavy close studding
on upper floor. Bay at west end has heavy joists, very closely-spaced, with
evidence for cross-partition and trimming for stairtrap. To north this bay
had a partitioned through passage from the front range: 2 blocked 4-centre
arched doorways on ground floor, one with leaf-carved spandrels (reversed mid
C20). Centre room has good early C18 corner cupboard, the semi-domed head
with a painting of Bacchus and Ariadne in a chariot, pulled by a lion (in a
panther skin) and leopard, emerging from clouds. Good intact plain crown-post
roof with 2-way bracing. 2-bay addition, one bay containing stack. Intact
first floor studding, one incomplete window with chamfered mullions, clasped
purlin roof. By stack, an C18 first floor stair and newel attic stair.

Listing NGR: TM1739463313

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