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Rookyard Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wetherden, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2317 / 52°13'54"N

Longitude: 0.9495 / 0°56'58"E

OS Eastings: 601518

OS Northings: 263380

OS Grid: TM015633

Mapcode National: GBR SJ5.0WQ

Mapcode Global: VHKDG.D5TH

Plus Code: 9F426WJX+MR

Entry Name: Rookyard Farmhouse

Listing Date: 15 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1032668

English Heritage Legacy ID: 280691

Location: Wetherden, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Wetherden

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Wetherden St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

TM 06 SW

4/208 Rookyard Farmhouse

-- II*

Farmhouse, late C15 or early C16 with remodelling of late C16. Probably a 3-
cell open hall house, with two cross-wings. The hall range one storey and
attics; cross-wings 2 storeys. Timber-framed and plastered; both cross-wings
are end-jettied at the front on brackets. Plaintiled roofs; an axial chimney,
the shaft rebuilt in late C18 or C19 red brick. A chimney to rear of right
hand wing has a plastered sawtooth shaft of c.1600. The hall has a gabled
plaintiled dormer with mid C20 casements. Various C19 and C20 casements; one
C18 1st floor window in left wing. 4-panelled C19 entrance door, the upper
panels glazed. The right hand cross-wing is probably of c.1500: a 2-bay
parlour with solar above. At the open truss is a cambered tie beam with
massive hollow-chamfered archbraces rising from polygonal shafts. Plain but
heavy crownpost roof. The central crownpost of rectangular section has 2-way
braces and a heavy collar beneath the collar-purlin, tying a pair of principal
rafters - an unusual detail in Suffolk. To rear of this wing is a lower block
added in late C16 with clasped purlin roof. The internal chimney here of
c.1600 has part of a newel staircase. The hall has a 1st floor with a massive
early C16 roll-moulded bridging beam and moulded joists; possibly an original
feature, (c.p. New Bells Farmhouse, Haughley, Item 4/91). There was once a
large fireplace backing against a cross-entry at the left hand end. Side
purlin roof of c.1600. A lower 2-bay range to rear of the left hand wing is
original, with similar plain crownpost roof (the front section of this wing
was rebuilt in late C16: good windbraced clasped-purlin roof, unchamfered
floor joists, a lintelled open fireplace and a blocked ovolo-mullioned

Listing NGR: TM0151863380

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

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