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Ponderosa post Office Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Combs, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1681 / 52°10'5"N

Longitude: 0.9864 / 0°59'10"E

OS Eastings: 604327

OS Northings: 256409

OS Grid: TM043564

Mapcode National: GBR SJZ.45Q

Mapcode Global: VHKDP.1RTT

Plus Code: 9F425X9P+6H

Entry Name: Ponderosa post Office Cottage

Listing Date: 9 December 1955

Last Amended: 22 January 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1284144

English Heritage Legacy ID: 279872

Location: Combs, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Combs

Built-Up Area: Combs

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Combs St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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TM 05 NW
Post Office Cottage and Ponderosa
2/97 (formerly listed as cottages
9.12.55 immediately north of the Post Office


Two houses, built as one farmhouse. The main range comprises an open hall of
late C14 or c.1400; the adjoining parlour cross-wing to left was added in late
C16. Timber-framed and roughcast. Plaintiled roof, with one gabled casement
dormer to main range. An axial late C16 chimney of red brick with 3 tall
diagonally-set square shafts is at the junction of the two ranges. Various
C19 and C20 casements. A C20 flush entrance door. The cross-wing, of 2
storeys and attics, has an oversailing gable tie-beam at back and front, well-
carved with a running design in the late C16 manner; at the front is a pair of
bargeboards with good vinescroll carving. The 2-bay open hall probably has a
high survival of early features, but these were mainly concealed at date of
survey. The open truss has a moulded cambered tie-beam with concealed arch-
braces; an octagonal crownpost has a moulded capital and thick 4-way braces.
Good quality close-studding. A splayed and tabled scarf joint with an edge
key in the rear wall plate indicates high quality carpentry and a 14th century
construction date, and demonstrates the early introduction of close-studding
in central Suffolk. A first floor was inserted into the hall in mid C16:
massive main beams, with broach-stopped chamfers. A storeyed cell to right was
replaced by a lean-to extension in C19. A lean-to extension to left is
separately occupied and is not of special interest.

Listing NGR: TM0432756409

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