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Ancient House priest's House

A Grade II Listed Building in Stratford St Mary, Suffolk

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Latitude: 51.9697 / 51°58'10"N

Longitude: 0.978 / 0°58'40"E

OS Eastings: 604659

OS Northings: 234321

OS Grid: TM046343

Mapcode National: GBR SM9.G2P

Mapcode Global: VHKFM.WRWF

Plus Code: 9F32XX9H+V5

Entry Name: Ancient House priest's House

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Last Amended: 5 June 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1198607

English Heritage Legacy ID: 277239

Location: Stratford St. Mary, Babergh, Suffolk, CO7

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Stratford St. Mary

Built-Up Area: Stratford St Mary

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Higham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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(south side)
Ancient House and
Priest's House (formerly
listed as Gable Cottage
22.2.55 and Priest's House)
Two houses. Late C15-early C16 with later alterations and renovation. Timber-
framed, plain tile roofs. Red brick stack. 2 parallel ranges standing gable end to
street. 2 storeys, attic to Priest's House, the latter 3 bays, Ancient House 2
bays. Priest's House slightly higher. 1st floors jettied to front. Close
studding throughout. Ancient House entrance through single-storey addition at
left. Restored 6-light diamond mullion window and single arched light to ground
floor. 5-light mullion window above. Jowled posts, arched down braces. Swept
roof. Priest's House: entrance by added porch to right return. Fine inserted
windows, to ground floor 7-light mullion window with ogee-traceried heads, 3-light
mullion side windows with leaf scroll carved sills. Slender attached colonnettes
with capitals support jetty brackets. Moulded wall plate and vine scroll
bressumer. 7-light mullion window above with ogee lights and panelled Perpendi-
cular tracery. Panels of blind tracery below. Moulded tie beam and 2-light
window to attic. Steeply-pitched swept roof. Stack rises in valley of roofs.
Right return has gabled porch with apparently reused Tudor-arched entrance and
traceried windows. Interior: Ancient House, deep chamfer-stopped beam with
exposed joists. Fine large orange brick inglenook with moulded corbelled-out
jambs and moulded cambered bressumer. Moulded brick panel above. Blocked arched
doorway in partition wall with Priest's House. 1st floor open to roof. Incorporated
into later partition wall central truss with chamfered jowled post, arch brace
to chamfered cambered tie beam supporting chamfered crown post with run-out stop
braced to collar purlin. Further brick inglenook with corbelled-out jambs and
cambered bressumer with probable merchant's marks. Priest's House: moulded wall
plates and central moulded beam with run-out stop and moulded joists. Blocked
Tudor-arched door against partition wall with Ancient House. Further Tudor-arched
doorway with cavetto jambs and carved spandrels to rear wall. Unusual fine
cambered bressumer with cresting and cusped mouchette enrichment to remodelled
inglenook. Wall post with pair of carved heads, one male and one female. C17 staircase
with original treads and risers. Chamfered newels with paired ball finials,
column balusters and moulded handrail. Crown post roof square posts with thin
chamfered braces to purlin.

Listing NGR: TM0465934321

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