History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

58, Abbeygate Street

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 52.2445 / 52°14'40"N

Longitude: 0.7126 / 0°42'45"E

OS Eastings: 585292

OS Northings: 264173

OS Grid: TL852641

Mapcode National: GBR QF0.70B

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.9VL6

Entry Name: 58, Abbeygate Street

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141145

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466616

Location: Bury St. Edmunds, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

Civil Parish: Bury St Edmunds

Built-Up Area: Bury St Edmunds

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Bury St Edmunds St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Find accommodation in
Bury Saint Edmunds

Listing Text


639-1/14/154 (South side)
07/08/52 No.58


Offices, formerly a house and shop. Early C16 and C17, with
C20 restored front. Timber-framed and rendered; the C20
plaintiled roofs, with pierced ornamental ridge-tiles and ball
finials, have 2 steep gables facing the street.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, cellar and attics; L-shaped plan with a
narrower rear range aligned north-south. The western gable is
wider than the eastern; both have plain barge-boards. 3 window
range: small-paned sashes with cased frames in shallow
reveals; a similar window in each of the gables. Late C20 shop
front. The rear range, originally jettied on 2 sides, was
underbuilt with C19 red brick and is now rendered externally,
with the joist-ends, moulded embattled bressumer and
corner-post of the jetty left exposed. The corner-post is
lavishly carved with traceried designs to the shaft and blank
shields to the curve of the top. The capital has a figure
seated on a 4-legged creature which may be a centaur, with a
bearded man's head wearing a head-dress with an eagle on top.
The rider wears a tunic in late C15 style and is flanked by 2
other figures: on the right a bearded and cloaked man with
bare feet and legs; on the left, on the other face of the
post, a seated figure playing on a portable organ; all the
figures are slightly damaged and may illustrate part of the
legend of Hercules.
INTERIOR: the front range has no exposed original features and
the cellar is entirely modernised; vestigial side-purlin roof.
The 2-bay rear range has timbers exposed and extensively
decorated in both the ground-storey and 1st storey rooms: main
beams with crenellated brattishing and a frieze in which
florets alternate with trade emblems and lettering; supporting
solid brackets with moulding and carved spandrels rest on
moulded and crenellated capitals; crocketed shafts run down
the main posts. Ogee-moulded joists; good close-studding. The
main beams of the upper ceiling are not lodged over the
wall-plates in the usual way, but are morticed into the sides
of the main posts below wall-plate level, so that the tops of
the walls rise into the attic. Roof with an arched-brace
collar truss and associated collar-purlin, as at No.63 Whiting
Street (qv).
(BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 149).

Listing NGR: TL8529264173

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

Selected Sources

Book cover links are generated automatically from the sources. They are not necessarily always correct, as book names at Amazon may not be quite the same as those used referenced in the text.

Source title links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.