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Reading Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Denham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3102 / 52°18'36"N

Longitude: 1.2172 / 1°13'1"E

OS Eastings: 619404

OS Northings: 272882

OS Grid: TM194728

Mapcode National: GBR VL6.2K7

Mapcode Global: VHL9P.16TB

Plus Code: 9F438668+3V

Entry Name: Reading Hall

Listing Date: 29 July 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1180876

English Heritage Legacy ID: 280972

Location: Denham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP21

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Denham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Denham St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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TM 17 SE
Reading Hall
Former farmhouse. C16 hall range and early C17 2-cell cross-wing to right
forming T-shape plan. Timber framed and roughcast-rendered under a thatched
roof. 2 storeys and attics. Mid C20 casement windows without glazing bars.
Doorway placed in front gable end of cross-wing: mid C20 door and open porch
with wooden trelliswork. Heavy square stack at junction of the 2 ranges; to
north the shaft has an inset oblong panel with an upper sawtooth brick course,
probably once over a lobby entrance. Intact studding is visible in the upper
rooms, the wall braces in the hall range (and probably the cross-wing) halved
against the outside of the studs. Plain or slightly chamfered joists, all set
flat except for the cross-wing attic floor where they are placed on edge. A
ground floor open fireplace in the cross-wing has a semi-circular back. An
upper room in the cross-wing has some C17 ornamental plasterwork on the
chimneybreast: a central roundel containing foliage and a small foliage motif
to each side. Plasterwork in rear gable of cross-wing is painted with the
initials 'IR' and the date 1684 (or possibly 1634). Roof over hall range has
one row of clasped purlins and a little straight wind bracing: this roof seems
to be a C17 replacement.

Listing NGR: TM1940472882

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