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Latitude: 52.2409 / 52°14'27"N
Longitude: 0.7159 / 0°42'57"E
OS Eastings: 585531
OS Northings: 263773
OS Grid: TL855637
Mapcode National: GBR QF0.FTR
Mapcode Global: VHKD4.CYB0
Entry Name: 8, Westgate Street
Listing Date: 7 August 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1141937
English Heritage Legacy ID: 467658
Location: Bury St. Edmunds, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33
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
BURY ST EDMUNDS
TL8563NE WESTGATE STREET
639-1/11/665 (South side)
House, later divided into 2; now offices. C16 core; C18 front;
C19 alterations and extensions. Timber-framed and rendered;
red brick to the east gable and one rear wing; C20 plaintiled
roof; paired modillion eaves soffit.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attics. 4 window range: 12-pane sashes
to the ground storey, 9-pane to the 1st storey, all in flush
cased frames. 2 matching doorcases with plain fanlights,
reeded pilasters and pediments. 2 matching doors with 8 raised
fielded panels. A foot-scraper by one door.
A high red brick chimney-stack has 4 attached shafts with
moulded caps set diagonally on a rectangular base. The rear
has a rendered gable on the left with two 6-pane sash windows
to the 1st storey and 2 sashes with a single vertical glazing
bar on the ground storey, all in flush cased frames.
The back door has a moulded architrave and a flat cornice hood
on shaped brackets. The longer C19 gabled wing on the right
has sashes with single glazing bars.
INTERIOR: timbers are exposed only on part of the ground
storey, in the rooms to each side of the internal
chimney-stack. To the left of the stack the ceiling beams have
a double ogee moulding with run-off stops: the main transverse
beam is in front of the stack and is not moulded on the inner
face, which suggests that the stack may be a later insertion,
replacing a smoke bay or plaster flue. The straight chamfered
timber lintel has 2 large peg-holes which may have been for an
initial timber frame.
The rounded back to the fireplace has an unusual brick grille
set into one side. The brickwork has considerable traces of
original red ochre colouring and lining. In the 2-bay room to
the right of the stack all the ceiling timbers are exposed:
the main cross-beams have a very wide chamfer and the
closely-set joists are plain and very wide. The bay spacing is
irregular and the building may have been shortened at the west
The rear wall has been removed and a long C20 extension added.
The stack on this side has stone blocks to the sides and jambs
and a straight chamfered timber lintel. The remainder of the
building has no exposed framing and the roof is inaccessible.
The stair, within the entrance hall, has reel-and-bobbin
balusters, open bracketed strings and moulded newels and
Listing NGR: TL8553163773
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