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Hill Top Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Baylham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1135 / 52°6'48"N

Longitude: 1.0668 / 1°4'0"E

OS Eastings: 610082

OS Northings: 250571

OS Grid: TM100505

Mapcode National: GBR TM0.DJV

Mapcode Global: VHLBK.F4TL

Entry Name: Hill Top Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 January 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1033257

English Heritage Legacy ID: 279228

Location: Baylham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP6

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk

Civil Parish: Baylham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Baylham St Peter

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

TM 15 SW

Hill Top Farmhouse

House, formerly farmhouse. C15, with alterations of c.1621 (date carved on
building). A 3-cell open hall house with a queen-post roof: this type is
occasionally found in north-east Suffolk, but is very rare in medieval
domestic buildings elsewhere in the county. 1 storey and attics. Timber-
framed and plastered; a little C18 rope-pattern pargetting survives. Thatched
roof with gabled casement dormers; these have carved gable tie-beams, one with
"1621.H.H.:H.H.1621" This is the assumed date of the alterations described
below. Chimneys of red brick; the axial and north gable stacks are C17, the
south stack with ovens is of c.1800. Various small-pane casements, mainly
C19. One C17 ovolo-moulded mullioned window; another is complete but blocked.
Boarded entrance door with C20 gabled open porch on posts. The nucleus of the
house has a 2-bay open hall, heavily smoke-blackened, with widely-spaced arch-
braced studwork. Each closed truss has a pair of queen-posts supporting a
collar upon which large square-set purlins are lodged and supported by arch-
braces. The open truss has a cambered collar above jowled queen-posts; the
large arch-braces, the bottoms of the posts and the rest of the truss were
removed in C17. The roof is otherwise without collars and has a ridge-piece,
another rare feature, normally only found in N.E. Suffolk in this context. An
original service cell survives, with lodged upper floor. A further cell was
added to each end of the building with clasped purlin roofs, c.1621; also an
inserted floor in the hall with ovolo-moulded joists. The inserted chimney
backing against the cross-passage may be earlier. A chamber ceiling has C17
vine-scroll -plastering along the central beam. Formerly known as Harrow

Listing NGR: TM1008250571

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