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4 and 4a, the Traverse

A Grade II Listed Building in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2457 / 52°14'44"N

Longitude: 0.7125 / 0°42'45"E

OS Eastings: 585278

OS Northings: 264300

OS Grid: TL852643

Mapcode National: GBR QF0.0ZM

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.9TJB

Plus Code: 9F426PW7+72

Entry Name: 4 and 4a, the Traverse

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1145957

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467573

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

County: Suffolk

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 John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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639-1/14/633 Nos.4 AND 4A


House, now divided into 2 shops. Late C16/early C17, with C18
front. Timber-framed; fronted in dark red brick with lighter
red brick dressings. Plaintiled roof with ornamental crest
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, attics and cellars. 5 window range: sash
windows in flush cased frames with flat gauged arches, 9 panes
to the top sashes of the 3 northern windows, the remainder
with plate glass. The arches above the 2 end windows and the
middle window have moulded soffits. A recessed panel below
each window. 2 gabled dormers with pierced and fluted C19
bargeboards have 2-light small-paned casement windows and mock
timbering in the apex of the gables.
The ground storey to No.4 has 2 C18 window surrounds with
fixed glass and a 6-panel door with an ornamental rectangular
fanlight. No.4A has a late C20 shop front.
The Skinner Street range, of 2 storeys and attics, is a C18
addition with the 1st and 2nd storeys faced in C19 white
brick. The overhanging attic storey has 2 rendered gables with
Edwardian mock-timbering, fluted bargeboards and ornamental
ridge tiles. 3 window range: 12-pane sashes in flush cased
On the ground storey, No.4 has an Edwardian cross window with
a flat gauged arch in red brick and No.4A a small-paned C19
shop window with pilasters and cornice flanked by a C20
half-glazed door and fanlight. Paired central 6-panel doors in
plain reveals have semicircular arched heads in red brick.
INTERIOR: cellar below No.4 has heavy chamfered main beams to
the ceiling of the front range and similar beams with very
heavy joists set on edge at the rear. The 2 halves of the
cellar are linked by a C17 doorway with moulded jambs. Below
No.4A the front cellar has a thick wall running through at
right angles to The Traverse with a wide low pointed arch.
Most of the walling is concealed, but one small section is of
ashlar blocks laid in regular courses. Below the Skinner
Street range is a single massive chamfered main beam. The
ground storey of the building, now divided into 2, is one
frame with 2 rooms along the street frontage, both with ovolo
moulded main beams. In No.4 the beams have additional applied
A C18 passageway through the middle of the house has been

removed. The Skinner Street range, added in the C18, contains
a fine dog-leg stair to No.4 with barley sugar twist
balusters, a wreathed and ramped handrail and a dado with sunk
The stair to the front attic has C18 vase-on-reel balusters,
probably reused. No features exposed in either front or rear
attics. The upper storeys of No.4A have been considerably

Listing NGR: TL8527864300

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