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King's Cottage, Street Farm and lower Somersham Post Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Ipswich, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0969 / 52°5'48"N

Longitude: 1.0437 / 1°2'37"E

OS Eastings: 608580

OS Northings: 248656

OS Grid: TM085486

Mapcode National: GBR TM5.DQL

Mapcode Global: VHLBK.1KMC

Plus Code: 9F4332WV+QF

Entry Name: King's Cottage, Street Farm and lower Somersham Post Office

Listing Date: 24 January 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1251732

English Heritage Legacy ID: 434318

Location: Somersham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP8

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk

Civil Parish: Somersham

Built-Up Area: Somersham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Somersham

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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King's Cottage, Street Farm and Lower Somersham Post Office


3 houses, one of which includes the Post Office. Formerly (until early C20)
The King's Head Inn, but probably built as a 3-cell farmhouse in C15 or early
C16. A complex building of 4 main units, all built by mid C17.

Phase 1:-
The central range of early C16 or earlier, with mid C19 alterations (the major
portion of Street Farmhouse). A hall with service cell. 2 storeys, 4
windows. Timber-framed, encased at front in C19 painted red brick.
Plaintiled roof with axial C17 chimney of red brick. C19 casements with
segmental heads, some having small panes. C19 4-panelled entrance door with
lean-to canopy on brackets. In the hall are heavy exposed 1st floor joists
and a cross-passage. The bar seating, corner cupboard and other early C19
features are retained internally. The front wall was raised, and the roof
partly rebuilt in C19.
Phase 2:-
A dairy/bakehouse range, originally detached, projecting forward to right (now
the Post Office). C16, 2 storeys, 3 cells. Timber-framed ana roughcast.
Plaintiled roof (one slope concrete tiled) with axial C17 chimney of red
brick. Various C19 casements and sashes. Good unmoulded framing exposed
internally. A small C17/C18 2-storeyea wing added to rear right. Single-
storey extensions to right, of red brick, C19 and late C20.
Phase 3:-
A short set-forward cross-wing added to left-hand end in mid C16 (now part of
King's Cottage). 2 storeys. Timber-framed and roughcast; the gable is
jettied at 1st floor and again ac the gable foot, with moulded fascia-
bressumers at each level; at 1st floor are 2 knees, one rising from a carved
shaft. The rear gable and chimney of red brick are a C17 or early C18
alteration. A 2-storey lace C20 extension at left is not of special
Phase 4:- .
A gabled cross-wing (now part of Street Farmhouse) probably of service
function, was inserted in C17 between Phases 1 and 2. 2 storeys. Timber-
framed and plastered. Plaintiled roof with axial C17 chimney of red brick.

Listing NGR: TM0858048656

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