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The Mercant House

A Grade II Listed Building in Debenham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2248 / 52°13'29"N

Longitude: 1.179 / 1°10'44"E

OS Eastings: 617222

OS Northings: 263268

OS Grid: TM172632

Mapcode National: GBR VM3.JX0

Mapcode Global: VHLB1.DB5V

Plus Code: 9F4365FH+WJ

Entry Name: The Mercant House

Listing Date: 12 January 1973

Last Amended: 24 June 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1283430

English Heritage Legacy ID: 281500

Location: Debenham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Debenham

Built-Up Area: Debenham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Debenham St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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TM 16 SE
6/76 No.24 (The Merchant
12/1/73 House) (formerly listed
as Nos. 22 & 24)

House. Late C14; parlour cell C15, largely reconstructed late C17. Renovated
1970's. Timber framed with smooth render. Pantiled roof, half-hipped to
right with a gablet. Right gable end has a plinth of coursed flint rubble.
This work extends under part of the house and may be the C12 foundations of St
Mary of Grace church. 3-cell form with former open hall. Mainly
reconstructed mullioned windows, the tall hall window moved slightly from its
original position. Former shop window to right has boarded shutter. Lower
window in right gable end has pent roof. Cross-entry has plank door dated
1694, brought from elsewhere. One raking dormer to left. Internal stack has
plain axial shaft. Interior. Medieval frame has reverse-curved braces. In
rear wallplate a stop-splayed scarf joint with undersquinted and sallied butts
and face pegs. Open truss retains head of C14 crown-post with thick 4-way
bracing; cruciform shaft of post is mid C20 (to original profile); the tie
beam is a replacement re-using the old braces. Remainder of medieval roof
largely intact, the half-hipped end a mid C20 reconstruction. Collar purlin
has a stop-splayed scarf with square butts. Stack inserted into upper end of
hall in early C16, replacing a timber flue: back-to-back fireplaces on ground
floor. Inserted ceiling of same date has chamfered joists. Parlour has late
C17 ceiling: heavy beam with nicked ogee stop-chamfers, small square joists.
Service partition largely reconstructed. 2-centre arched doorway to rear, one
of the blades original. Joists in service end are mostly mid C20 imports from
a house in Colchester; they have stencilled quatrefoils and Tudor roses.
Solid-tread stair at service end also brought from elsewhere.

Listing NGR: TM1722263268

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