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Middleton Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Harleston, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.4021 / 52°24'7"N

Longitude: 1.3606 / 1°21'38"E

OS Eastings: 628703

OS Northings: 283550

OS Grid: TM287835

Mapcode National: GBR WLK.8T5

Mapcode Global: VHL95.JWND

Plus Code: 9F43C926+V6

Entry Name: Middleton Hall

Listing Date: 29 July 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1032939

English Heritage Legacy ID: 280006

Location: Mendham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP20

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk

Civil Parish: Mendham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Mendham All Saints

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

TM 28 SE
2/57 Middleton Hall
-- II*

Manor farmhouse. Early C16 rear (south) range, with a cross-wing to the west;
late C17 front range incorporating the front part of the cross-wing. The
front range is red brick, laid in English bond, under a hipped roof with
plaintiles and pantiles. 2 storeys and attics. 5 bays, arranged 2:1:2;
original cross windows under segmental arches, with square-leaded panes on the
first floor. Reproduction plank door and a tall 2-light fanlight above. 3
modern gabled dormers. Single-storey C19 addition to right with parapet. The
rear range is timber framed; the rear wall and the gable facing east have
exposed close studding with herringbone brick nogging. The gable of the
cross-wing is plastered. Roof part plaintiled and part pantiled. Various
casement windows, with evidence for blocked original windows. The east gable
has a moulded tie beam. The cross-wing has an internal stack with 4 detached
octagonal shafts, each with a moulded brick base and corbelled cap. Interior.
The main feature is the remains of a fine ornamental plaster ceiling on the
ground floor of the earlier range. Around the walls is a running frieze with
cupids and heads in profile (probably Roman emperors); 2 moulded cross-beams
with a running design of pomegranate and vine foliage on the soffit. The main
design (about 60% complete) has thin moulded ribs forming interlocking
geometric patters with 4-lobed bosses. There was formerly a central coat of
arias. The motifs include the grasshopper of the Gresham family, dating the
work in the period 1594-1624. Dog-leg stair with turned finials to the newel
posts; the balustrading to the upper flight has been altered. At the head of
the first flight of steps is a fine dog gate with 2 tiers of slender turned
balusters; this is a rare survival. The front room of the cross-wing has
plaster-moulded beams; to each side of the open fireplace has been added a
fluted wooden pilaster strip surmounted by a framed painting on plaster
depicting a Roman emperor in profile. There are a number of arched doorways
and some fine original studded doors, notably that to the cellar. Both C16
ranges have queen-post roofs.

Listing NGR: TM2870383550

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

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