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Latitude: 52.1502 / 52°9'0"N
Longitude: 0.8842 / 0°53'3"E
OS Eastings: 597420
OS Northings: 254139
OS Grid: TL974541
Mapcode National: GBR SK1.2CW
Mapcode Global: VHKDT.86SZ
Entry Name: The Poplars
Listing Date: 13 August 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1234805
English Heritage Legacy ID: 277178
Location: Brettenham, Babergh, Suffolk, IP7
Civil Parish: Brettenham
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
Church of England Parish: Hitcham All Saints
Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich
BRETTENHAM OLD SCHOOL ROAD
33/496 THE POPLARS
Former farmhouse. Late C15 and C17. Timber-framed and rendered; roof, with corru-
gated iron sheeting over old thatch, is hipped on the left, half-hipped on the right.
1½ storeys. An internal chimney-stack with a plain rebuilt red brick shaft. 2 gabled
dormers to front with old 2-light leaded-paned casement windows. One 3-light and
one 2-light C20 metal casement window to the ground floor, and a single-light window
to each side of the entrance door. 3-cell plan, now with lobby entrance; frame in
5 bays. The centre of the house contains 1½ bays of a former open hall with crown-
post roof. The tie-beam and crown-post of the open truss have been cut away, but
the collar-purlin remains, with mortices for braces and extensive smoke-blackening
below thick layers of whitewash. Later plastering covers the rafters and collars.
The chimney-stack, which appears to be in 2 sections, has been inserted into the hall
against the line of the former open truss. Beside it, diamond-mullioned housings for
a hall window in the rear wallplate. The inserted ceiling in the one remaining full
bay of the hall has a main beam, with wide chamfer and curved stepped stops, resting
on a short post against the stack, similarly finished. At the left end, the former
service bay, still divided into 2, has a C20 replacement ceiling. To the right of
the stack, a marked break in the wallplates and a 2-bay section with exposed ground-
floor ceiling: joists on edge. All visible studding is substantial and widely-spaced,
some of it with small modern studs inserted between the original ones; no middle rail;
tension braces in the end walls. The building, which stands on a moated site, is
currently empty and derelict.
Listing NGR: TL9742054139
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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